How I Will Be Applying To Freelance Jobs From Now On

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.

According to Merriam-Webster, the term originally refers to mercenaries as they were selling their lance to the highest bidder. The first recorded reference to the word comes from the novel Ivanhoe

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.

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Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories.

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