As of Sunday, I will officially be a free lance writer. A story I wrote about a ground breaking event Mother’s Day weekend for a Habitat for Humanity home is slated to run Sunday, provided no news breaks at the last minute.
The story was around 550 words. I was worried it would be too short, so the first comment I asked editor Jamie Quagliata when I visited the office yesterday, was how many inches it was.
Her answer: 19.
For those of you who don’t think in newspaper inches, that’s a long story, especially for a freelancer. Typical stories run between 10 and 12. Maybe 15 on occasion.
What got me was it didn’t feel like I’d written a long story. I have many a painful memory of sitting in front of my computer screen when I used to work at the Journal and struggling to even start a 12 inch story, let alone finish one within an hour.
This story took me twenty minutes to write. If you count the time it took to transcribe the interviews, then 40 minutes. That’s a lot faster than before. I hope this means I’m improving as a writer.