If you’ve been a writer for any length of time there is a good chance that you’ve been a freelance writer at some point.
But, have you ever wondered where the term freelance came from?
Well, for the answer you have to look to 19th century England.
I offered Richard the service of my Free Lances, and he refused them — I will lead them to Hull, seize on shipping, and embark for Flanders; thanks to the bustling times, a man of action will always find employment.
The term ended up being quite popular and afterwards could also mean a politician without an affiliation.
Though, depending on the person, politician and mercenary are already synonymous.
And mercenary writer has a bit of a writer has a bit of a ring to it.
So after consideration, I thought it would be fitting to embrace this concept a little more. I mean to be a writer you only need a couple things: a computer, maybe some pens, and a notebook.
But, I’d like to add some more items to the modern writer’s kit.
Let’s add a gambeson, some mail, a little plate armor, a helm, and don’t forget the lance.
This is how I plan on applying to freelance writing jobs from now on.
Instead of just hitting some keys on the keyboard and sitting around and waiting to get rejected, I will instead don my armor and mount a might steed. I will then ride this warhorse down to the business crying,
“Sir Matthew the Scribe is here. I will be handling your writing duties henceforth.”
Now, imagine the business owner staring down a lance and wanting to pay someone in exposure?
I don’t think so.
So, I’m off to get some prices on a suit of armor.