The trap of freedom!!
The trap of freedom
Some people describe the life of the word SOHO poetically like this:
You can earn money to support your family without leaving your home. The study is the office where you work, so many heroes are envious!
With the development of the Internet and the popularity of e-mail, QQ has entered thousands of computers, the contact between authors and the media has become closer and timely, and the text SOHO is even more troublesome, and the "petty bourgeoisie" is in a mess.
You don't need to bow to the leader, you don't have to be intrigue with colleagues, you don't need to get up in the morning, greedy the crowded bus and run around and work hard, get up whenever you want, and you can't do anything about being angry with the alarm clock.
The life of the text SOHO is so comfortable, so comfortable, so magnificent, a lot of time can be squandered, and there is no restriction on what you want to do...
This description cannot be said to be baseless, but it deviates from the truth in poetry.
Are freelance writers really free?
Freelance writers are a group of “marginal people” who are not noticed. No one has seen their spiritual world, and no one has paid attention to their behavior and thinking. They just do exist, and they are published every day. All kinds of articles in newspapers and periodicals are their lives and shouts. They are with the computer all day long. If the computer is a production machine, then the freelance writer is also a spinning machine, and the human and the computer form an assembly line. They are the products of the market, and they are the people who continue to prove themselves in articles.
With a pen and a computer, freelance writers can see six directions, listen to all directions, conquer the war from the south to the north, struggling horizontally and horizontally. Because of them, the situation of Chinese newspapers and magazines that there is no water in the soup has been broken, and the reality of the "poor, literate and rich" literati has changed. Although the mainstream literary circles never take them seriously, they still proudly print the five words "freelance writer" on their business cards. There is no official flavor or stereotype in their works, but there are "spicy, spicy, hot" that some professional writers and newspaper reporters can't write. "Spicy" people, whose writings cater to the tastes of the general public, are fond of newspapers and editors, and try to hit their weaknesses at once; "spicy" people have old methods, and others dare not write, can't write, or disdain to write themes, The works should be written boldly and be good at scoring the edges; those who are "hot" are catching the hot topics, but all acting stars, public hotspots, insider documentaries, and anecdotes are all under their eyes.
Freelance writers make a living by writing, so they should not be dictated by anyone, nor have any grand plans. They will produce whatever the market needs. A freelance writer said: "We are like free literati in the past. We were rubbing mahjong in the evening. The newspaper called and said why the serialization of the previous day was broken today? We are about to add 500 words and we are waiting to be published. This I asked on the phone where the story went from yesterday? The other party read the things from the previous day on the phone, and I said it all here, and I will pick it up in half an hour. Put down the phone, spread the paper, lift the pen, and just wave it. A few hours later, the newspaper sent someone to arrive in a foreign car, set aside a few pieces of the ocean, picked up the wet manuscript, and slid away. He continued to rub the numb here. It’s just that the crank phone is now being used by cellphones, faxes, e-mails and QQ. When it is replaced, paper and pen have been replaced by computers and the Internet, but they are of the same nature, writing for freedom, writing for life, and writing for tomorrow."
Later, when freelance writers bloomed all over the place, facing so many codeword owners, someone summed up: Now it seems that there are only two types of people who really rely on writing to make money to support their families: one is squatting in front of the post office. Those who write letters on behalf of this category are difficult to count; there is another category that relies on writing novels, scripts, columns, and all kinds of articles. Those who make a living on this category are freelance writers!
However, freelance writers, as a group of disadvantaged groups who are unorganized in the society and work alone and rely on selling their brains, although they have some freedom in writing time and space, they come from survival, employers, time and even their own mentality. These heavy pressures have made freelance writers less free and comfortable, a little bit more sad, a little bitter, and even a little helpless in their survival.
First of all, there is no freedom in time. Of course, you don’t need to go to work and you don’t have to check in. On the surface, you are free from the hardships of your unit. Freelance writers can also "three meals a day and nine bowls of rice, sleep until the end of the day" without anyone interfering with them. , But this is only the leisure they can have after earning a certain amount of manuscript fees for a certain period of time. In fact, most freelance writers are racing against time, accepting manuscripts, conducting interviews, writing carefully, and making meticulous revisions. They know that writing, publishing, and making money is like a chain of interlocking food. Which link is broken, the entire chain circle and even life will be affected.
A Fang is a SOHO family, but at the same time he is a copywriter, "extra-staff" reporter and columnist, as well as some part-time jobs like this... Such "titles" may not be enough to summarize A Fang's identity. When the reporter booked an interview with Fang through her mobile phone, she was rushing to interview and prepare tomorrow's manuscript for her column-because if she didn't get the column done, it would mean that her column position in the newspaper would be opened the next day. , "That is absolutely not allowed." The schedule for the next day has also been scheduled: interviews in the morning, dinner with friends at noon to discuss planning, and visits to the advertising agency in the afternoon. Reluctantly, the interview can only be conducted at dinner the next day-"This is my usual'schedule schedule'", Fang told reporters that she now has columns in four or five newspapers and magazines, and she also writes novels, which will be written in a month. Six to seven thousand words. The price to pay for this is that I often wake up at 8 o'clock in the morning until the next morning, sitting in front of the computer and "soaking" in words.
Professional freelance writers without salary guarantees are under the pressure of survival that others can hardly appreciate. Therefore, professional freelance writers must write diligently every day and often appear in newspapers to ensure their source of income. This is the case for freelance writers in general, and even more so for big-name freelancers. Hard work and busyness are almost the instinct of every freelance writer. The famous entertainment writer Yves always wakes up early every morning, and basically beats the interview content of the previous day before 9:30 in the morning. After half past nine, the phone rang continuously. Some friends called him to provide him with news clues, some of the editorial department reminded him of the article, and some of the parties involved in the manuscript explained the situation to him. The telephone ringing didn't stop until 5:30 in the afternoon. Therefore, many telephone interviews of Yves had to be arranged in the evening, and the long manuscripts for the magazine had to be squeezed on weekends to complete. In this way, his daily work far exceeded 8 hours.
In addition to being not free in time, freelance writers are also relatively free in writing. Freelance writers certainly don’t need to make repeated revisions for a purely literary article, nor do they have to work hard to fill a certain page with the manuscript. However, when the manuscript is linked to money, especially freelance writers should follow When the employer wanted to write something, the beautiful vocabulary of so-called freelance writing flew out of the sky.
Many freelance writers have written planning drafts and promotional drafts for IT companies. Originally, freelance writers are also human beings. They use writing as a knife in this world. They have their own worldview and independent writing style. Once their work loses their personal style, their personality, creativity and association will be wiped out. . However, in order to promote their companies, some IT company bosses ask freelance writers to make “big ideas” that satisfy the leaders and CEOs of their companies according to their wishes or paths. Unscrupulously forcing the writer to plan out some nasty touted articles, to cheer for them, or to write texts attacking competitors in order to indulge them.
There are also some freelance writers who have opened a lot of columns in the newspapers, especially female freelance writers who are good at writing essays on petty bourgeoisie life. They are emotionally rich and exquisite in writing. Having a considerable income, it should be said that it is a very elegant and pleasant thing. Their moods may be exactly like what some beautiful writers said: "Writing is the only way to give yourself happiness. No matter what the state of your mood, writing can always calm your mood. So, when you have time, you can Type your inner thoughts through the keyboard..."
However, not always. Some columns of a newspaper in the south were written every day, each with 800 words, except on weekends. This was a precedent in newspapers across the country at that time. It is said that several columnists of that newspaper could support themselves by writing columns. Freelance writer S also opened a column on it, because she happened to have a debt of 70,000 to buy a house. Although S does not go to work for a year and devotes all his time and energy to writing a column, he feels more unsustainable later. At the beginning, I wrote three columns a day, and at the same time I edited and sorted out two novels. Later, she tried to increase the progress to four or even five a day, so that she could focus her time on editing the long one, but it didn't work. Three was the highest limit. It's not that the number of words can't be written, but that there is nothing to write. At least it was not found that day. It's like having eaten three meals a day, and there is no more leftovers.
At the end of the writing, the subject matter is repeated, the spirit is exhausted, and the writing is dry, as if the road behind a marathon is horrible, and I can still support it, but I already feel that the reader has already been bored. She once said: "I can't do it anymore. I can't hold on anymore. I have nothing to write. I'm going crazy." But at the rate of one article per day, the manuscript was handed over to the editor. Only write, bite the bullet and write, this is the only way, and the manuscript must be delivered to the editor's mailbox on time and without error. Otherwise, the newspaper will open the skylight the next day. This is impossible, and it is not allowed. She is like the life of a columnist written by Dong Qiao: I wake up at 6 in the morning, look at the ceiling, and think: What am I writing today? At 10 o'clock, I still didn't think of it. I cut my toenails on the bed. After 30 minutes, I still couldn't think of what to write. Have a meal. In the afternoon, I still didn't expect something to write about. Reading the newspaper, I found that there were many women's underwear advertisements in the newspaper. I refined a point: This is a sign of economic recession. On the phone, the same question, asked a few women. It was nine o'clock in the evening, an hour, and an 800-word article was written and sent to the editor immediately. After completing today's task (regardless of whether the manuscript is available or not), my heart suddenly feels inexplicably relaxed, but tomorrow's column manuscript has not yet been seen...