I’m a freelance writing ninja now, right?

Source: Ian Dawson

It’s that time of year again, when all of my online information streams start creaking under the weight of Nano-related updates. Somehow, despite (or maybe because of) never taking part, the whole thing tends to make me feel a little blue.

Probably because when it comes to fiction, I am a very slow writer, and if I tried to complete 50,000 words in a month, I suspect I’d fail so badly I’d drive myself away from the notebook for a while. Still, when I see so many people hitting their wordcounts and creating something new in such a short space of time, I end up feeling a little jealous and I guess a little guilty too.

And it’s been very much in my mind this month, as it’s my first official month of being freelance – a.k.a that magical time when I will become some for of writing ninja. Needless to say, I have not been writing very much. It’s not that I haven’t been busy though, on the contrary my days have been pretty packed.

Putting together a new site for the Edinburgh Review has taken up lots of time, but I’m really happy we’ve got it up now, and that we’re planning on posting more extracts and excerpts from some of our contributors soon.

I also had the good fortune to take part in two readings this month, the first was for 4’33”, a wonderful audio magazine with lots of short stories for your listening pleasure, it was an excellent night and I was really impressed by the quality of the readers. A big thank you to Mike Wendling who runs the whole site solo and put on the cracking event for no monetary recompense.

Lynsey May reading at Words Per Minute, Photo Neil Douglas Thomas

Photo credit Neil Thomas Douglas (http://www.neilthomasdouglas.com/)

The second reading was at Words Per Minute, where I was again blown away to be included in such a sterling line up, and did very much enjoy getting to be part of their Sex Special. These lovely ladies – Kirsty Logan, Helen Sedgwick and Kirsten Innes, all fab writers themselves – do a grand job of choosing complementary acts and mixing readings with music and film in a way that ensures you’re always engaged.

So, I haven’t exactly been setting my wourdcount on fire, but I;m hoping there’s still time for that. Still almost a third of November left after all. I just have to remember that ninjas tend to get out of bed and get down to business more often than I’d necessarily like.

8 thoughts on “I’m a freelance writing ninja now, right?

  1. Congratulations on your first month as a freelancer. I’m hoping to do the same next year. My first goal will be to finish my short story collection, which I never seem to find the time to do at the moment.


    • Thank you! It’s been great so far I have to say, minus the ‘wait, what are you doing, why aren’t you working 24/7’ guilt anyway. Hope you manage to break the break next year, and get that collection finished 🙂


  2. Not having to get out of bed is one of the perks of being freelance. And even the Ninja Turtles were real slackers most of the time. But you’re right, real ninjas probably do need to get out of bed.


  3. Well done on your move to freelancing, Lynsey. Fingers crossed that it all works out for you. It’s a brave, bold move and one that deserves success.

    I’m secretly hoping these good wishes bring me good kharma because I’m hoping to go freelance myself soon, though in a more editorial, proofreading type direction.

    (Damn, just realised I typed that out loud!)

    All the best anyway and keep up the blogs, always enjoyable.



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