Sometimes, writers new to freelance writing or work-for-hire writing will tell us here at Mentors for Rent that they’re very nervous about trying to get assignments in the educational-writing market, even though we know they have the knowledge and skills they need.
But we get it–it’s kind of scary. When you take on an assignment, you commit to doing it–and doing it well. but if it’s a new area, you can be uncertain of whether you actually have the chops to do it well!
This morning, I started working on a narrative passage for an educational company I’ve never written for before. And it’s not poetry nor nonfiction, my two comfort zones. Even though I’ve written literally hundreds of passages and poems for educational companies (in addition to 100+ books), it’s always nerve-wracking writing the first time for a particular company. Will I be a good fit? Will they like my writing? Will this be an efficient process, or a boondoggle of committee edits, rewrites, etc.?
I have no idea. But I have two weeks to write this passage, and I’m hoping to get it done in 4 hours over those two weeks. This morning, I spent about 30 minutes expanding the brief, two-sentence proposal that was accepted and assigned. We’ll see what happens from here!
But I just thought it might be reassuring for you to know that even very experienced writers get a bit nervous when new assignments come their way. It’s like a first date that can end in a kiss, with the promise of more, or a cool handshake and a carton of caramel ice cream eaten as a reward for surviving the night.