How To Make It: 10 Rules For Success From Freelance Writers

Mary H.K. Choi

Freelance Writer and Editor

Has Written For: GQ, Wired, Allure, New York Times, MTV Style, Vertigo Comics, Marvel Comics  

Rule: Don't fetishize your output.

"You always feel like a hack and a fraud when you're writing. It's just how it goes. I'm a big believer in puking out all your thoughts in a single sitting and getting some version of the work down, because the alternative just prolongs the agony. The first draft is hideous and ajskdlkdfksjdfslfjk, but it's just a map for where the big blocks go. I'll always find my real thesis dicking around in the fourth graph, and I figure out my ending about halfway in."

Favorite Pieces and Projects:

"Overworked, Overwhelmed, Overscheduled? Work More" (Wired)

"Take It from a Lady: How to Take Home a Lady" (GQ)

"Inside New York's Last Sensory Deprivation Tank" (The Awl)

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Photo by Estevan Oriol

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