A Spell Upon My Pen: Why Am I a Freelance Writer?

Updated on May 7, 2018
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A Spell Upon My Pen: Why am I a Freelance Writer?

Here I am, my pen in hand,

Writing random words.

Where it leads, let's see shall we,

Or toss it to the birds.


Today I checked my email

And much to my surprise,

A project I've been working on

Was suddenly declined.


A writing gig, almost complete

Deadline two weeks to go,

Was cancelled saying it was late.

But why? I do not know.


I can't contact the buyer

For reasons most unclear.

it says they aren't available.

My face it forms a sneer.


Freelance writing can be good,

But problems can be fraught.

If you are not paid in advance

Your efforts count for nought.


This was a series of ten poems

Of which I'd finished eight.

The hours I'd spent now wasted,

A scenario I hate.

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Unfortunately, this work

Was very client specific.

It's doubtful I can use these poems

For another demographic.


This project was quite lucrative

If it had come to pass.

For me, a lesson has been learned

Don't put the cow before the grass.


So, although I started with no plan

My path came clear again,

A situation troubling me

Put a spell upon my pen.



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        John Hansen 25 hours ago from Queensland Australia

        Audrey, thank you for the kind and encouraging comment. I have already moved on, and I am sure an opportunity will present itself so that I can use these poems elsewhere. Blessings.

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        Audrey Hunt 26 hours ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Awww John. Sorry that this gig didn't work out. This is typical for those who are most creative and talented. Even the great tenor Pavarotti was told he had no talent at one time. He turned out to be the greatest tenor of his time.

        Keep submitting with greater determination. This poem is one more confirmation of your gift as a poet.

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        John Hansen 5 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for the kind and encouraging words, Nithya.

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        Nithya Venkat 5 days ago from Dubai

        So sorry this happened, freelance writing is dicey. But on the bright side you have wonderful poems that you can publish elsewhere. Looking forward to reading many more of your poems.

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        John Hansen 6 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Devika. Much appreciated.

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        DDE 6 days ago

        You said it well! Do what you like best.

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        John Hansen 8 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Cris, it's always a pleasure to receive a comment from you. So glad you liked this poem and the accompanying music video.

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        CrisSp 8 days ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

        Oh, how I love this one John. Maybe because I can very much relate. And, the accompanying music/video is so divine.

        Keep on writing.

        Love from the sky~

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        John Hansen 9 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you MsDora,

        I will take your advice and keep the poems. You never know. Thank you for reading.

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        Dora Weithers 9 days ago from The Caribbean

        Jodah, thanks for sharing your experience and how it affects you. I'd keep those poems. You may be surprised that they come in handy at some other time. Continual better luck in the future!

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        John Hansen 11 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Mike, thanks for reading and for your comment. I am not sure who is really to blame here. The client suddenly ceased as a member of the service provider I sell my work through so they cancelled the order and refunded the money. I don't know that the buyer requested that. I feel in that instance the money paid should be forfeited in favour if the seller. Also, I asked for 30 days to complete the work and could have finished in two weeks. If I had done that I would have bee not paid.

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        mckbirdbks 11 days ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John - I can feel the angst. Not sure I would remain silent about the organization that hired you. It might save someone the trouble of accepting work from them. Interesting poem, for such interesting times.

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Yves,

        Thank you for that Yves. Yes, I should be thankful for the work I do get. I admit this isn't a regular occurrence for me so I am grateful for that. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for your kind words Chitrangada. Yes, I think I have moved on already. Hopefully, I can use these poems in some way. I will put it down to a learning experience.

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        Yves 12 days ago

        Hi Jodah....In truth, the fact that you are qualifies for various writing gigs is an impressive feat in itself. Keep on doing what you do. We're all rooting for you.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 12 days ago from New Delhi, India

        It’s amazing to see, how creative your mind is! Turning everyday happenings or troubles into a nice poem, is a rare talent of yours.

        I am sorry, for what happened to your project, but I am sure you will soon recover from this disappointment.

        Appreciate your poem, and your spirit.

        Thanks for sharing!

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Missy. I agree totally. We have a lot to be thankful for as writers.

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        Missy Smith 13 days ago from Florida

        I find that all of us who write, write out our disappointments. Instead of getting completely gloomy or angry, that pen in our hand, and our own reasoning, makes us feel better. I think that is a gift we can be proud of. I really do.

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks Rasma...I will keep on writing

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 13 days ago from Riga, Latvia

        Ah, yes, the world of writing I know it well. Write on, write on, write on. Enjoyed this.

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        I find the best way to release my frustration is to write a poem about it, Natalie. This seems to calm me and stop me from ranting for weeks. Thanks for the encouraging comment.

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Linda. After sitting and thinking about it, I may be able to use the other poems at some stage. I may just have to make a few alterations to suit the situation. Thanks for reading.

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        Natalie Frank 13 days ago from Chicago, IL

        While I am sorry for your experience, knowing full well what this feels like, the way you turned your troubles into a poem to express your frustration is quite constructive and adaptive. Many people would just rant and rave but you did something positive. Kudos to you!

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        Linda Crampton 13 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I'm sorry about your experience. John. Even though you say you won't be able to use the poems for another purpose, I hope you do eventually benefit from their creation.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Flourish. I hope things start to look up now.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Marlene. Glad you enjoyed this. Hopefully, down the track, there will be another client with a similar requirement so that I can use these poems.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Sean, thank you for that great poetic comment.

        Yes, I need to use this as a learning experience and move on to better things. Much appreciated, my friend.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Shauna. I had turned over three of the poems to see if I was on the right track with what she required. She replied that they were better than she had hoped.

        Then suddenly disappeared and can't be contacted. Thanks for reading my rant.

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        FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

        You are due for some good news. Sorry that happened to you.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha Larry. I like that...it is a bit like that girl. Thanks.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, that is true Eric. It does feel like the stole a piece of my soul. But what goes around comes around they say. Cheers.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Bill. you are so right. It's not the first time I have been bitten either, but this was the biggest loss so far in time and money. Maybe I'll be able to use the work somewhere in the future, who knows.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Li-Jen, thank you for the encouragement. I guess this happens to most of us at some stage.

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        Marlene Bertrand 2 weeks ago from USA

        What a wonderfully crafted poem and the lesson is so clear. I hope you are able to re-purpose your work and use it elsewhere. You never know!

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 2 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        If you can write so easily

        for such annoying theme

        I think that you, of poets, are

        among the best of them

        So let your magic poetry

        create the world you dream

        and all the wealth and happiness

        will find a better stream.

        Much Love, my friend!

        Sean

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        Shauna L Bowling 2 weeks ago from Central Florida

        John, what bummer! I hope you hadn't already turned over the eight poems you'd completed. No explanation from the client, huh? Not only is that inconsiderate, it's bad business. I'm sorry you had to go though this, John.

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        Larry Rankin 2 weeks ago from Oklahoma

        Why write? It's that girl that never has loved me back.

        Great read!

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        Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Dirty dogs that do that to an artist. Bummer. And more bad news, for the bad guys, it will come around and bite them in the arse.

        When things happen like that the work seems almost secondary to that weird concept of stealing a bit of your soul.

        I pray for your continued strength of character.

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        Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Yep, been there, done that, probably will have it happen again. The joy of working with customers!!!!!

        Hang in there buddy!

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        Li-Jen Hew 2 weeks ago from Malaysia

        Hello Jodah, thank you for your poem. I can see where you're coming from..Don't worry! This means better opportunities will come hopefully! I wish you all the best! :)

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        Frank Atanacio 2 weeks ago from Shelton

        bless you bro...:)

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Frank, it really happened. The year can only get better, right? I hope. I'm hanging in there.

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        Frank Atanacio 2 weeks ago from Shelton

        wow, if this really happened, then that sucks! You had a 666 year so far.. so buddy you got to turn it around...make lemonade.. wait with your luck so far you may not have lemons... just be strong and the force will find you..yea? LOL

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Venkat. At least these experiences can be used as a warning to others. Try to get paid first before doing the work. Glad you you saw the lesson here and enjoyed the poetry.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Linda. This year hasn't started off well for me. The car, this, and one of our dogs going missing (it appears she was stolen) but we did get her back after five days when someone reported seeing her and said it looked like the photo we shared on Facebook. At least it's giving me material to write about.

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        Venkatachari M 2 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

        Your disappointment and frustration weaved such a nice poetry turning it into a cool expression with some lesson for all the writers.

        Thanks, John, for sharing your experiences. But, very sorry for the miss.

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        Linda Lum 2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        Oh John, first the car, now this. My goodness. How disappointing. A lesson there for all of us. Thank you for sharing.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Mark. Yes, it can be a frustrating profession, but what goes around comes around I guess. One missed opportunity opens the way for another.

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        Mark Tulin 2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Nice poem without getting too anger. You captured our frustration beautifully.

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