My writer's self-contract - join the meme!

By Katharine Swan On Friday, February 02, 2007 At 12:47 AM

There's a new meme going around, where writers are posting contracts with themselves. Kathy Kehrli cheated and tagged everybody who reads her blog (tsk, tsk), so I am posting my own self-contract.

I, Katharine Swan, do hereby agree to the terms of this contract with myself, effective immediately upon posting.

I will hold myself to be a professional writer, and act accordingly in all dealings with clients and potential clients. I will strike the word "employer" from my vocabular, and remember that the only person I work for is myself. I will endeavor to uphold my own standards of pay and the quality of my work at all times.

As a professional, I also understand that my goal must be not just to write, but to grow. I will endeavor to take every opportunity to challenge myself, to improve my writing, and to perfect my business. As part of this, I will actively market my services, maintain my website and blogs, participate in the writing community, take jobs that challenge me to build new skills, and pursue the things I want to do as well as the things I have to do.

I will remember that the first and foremost reason why I am a writer is because I love to write. This does not mean that it is acceptable to work for little or no pay, but that it is unacceptable to perform work that does not contribute to my overall happiness in some way.

Well, I think that's about everything I can think of. I'm tagging Harmony, scriptgirl, and Julia.


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Blogger Harmony Says:  

Thanks for the tag Katharine, I am going to write my right now!

Anonymous Anonymous Says:  

I haven't forgotten about writing my self-contract, but I've just been out of it lately. I'll let you know as soon as I do it, hopefully in the next few days!

Thanks for tagging me. I always love your tags. :o)


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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