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The Privilege of Free Voice : Why Aspiring Writers Need Trueblue Magazine


I would like to start with a personal story that may resonate with many aspiring writers. Several days ago, I was browsing the latest Craiglist posts for writing and editing jobs, a common ritual in life as a freelancer, and I stumbled across a post looking for nutrition writers. I gladly (and foolishly) jumped at the opportunity to broadcast that I had completed a year in Fitness and Health promotion courses.

I got excited by the thought that I could successfully navigate this unfamiliar territory. Well, I quickly learned in my hastiness.

Lesson number one: read the advertisement carefully.  

Driven by my creative energy, I focused on the beckon and invitation of the opening line: NUTRITION WRITERS NEEDED. I pressed that reply button without a second glance. As a freelancer, I am quite accustomed to my applications going unnoticed in a pile of more qualified contenders. Imagine my surprise and joy when I heard back from my potential employer. He asked me to write five articles about nutrition, which mainly focused on juicing—cold pressing juice, juice detox and juice cleanse. My initial excitement started to wane slowly in the following three days of meticulous research, writing and editing. I certainly could have taken more time for the project, but my youthful vigor motivated me to get the job done quickly and efficiently. After all, I am a student and I am no stranger to the ‘all-nighters’ and ‘crunch time’.

I got coffee and I got to work. Somewhere between my second and third articles, I felt like I was back in high school writing a calculus exam. I was lost, but I needed the money and I enjoyed doing research. Temporarily suppressing the voice of an English major in me, I released the voice of a scientist. When I finally completed the work, I submitted it with a tinge of uncertainty.

Was it scientific enough? Did I need more outside sources? Did I exhibit an appropriate level of clarity? When the employer reviewed my work, I realized that all these inquiries didn’t really matter. This was a juicing company, and the premise of the position was its promotion. My writing was dubbed “philosophical debate”, relying on “too many outside sources”.  They wanted my own experience, which exalted the product.

Needless to say, I got rejected. I don’t want to go on any further about the content of that email, which I didn’t hesitate to remove as an all-too-painful reminder of hours wasted. However, I would like to remark that many freelance writers don’t get enough credit for their hard work. I am not here to judge in any way: I am just offering an observation of how quickly and efficiently my work got discarded. The email was not rude, but it certainly wasn’t encouraging either.

Lesson number two: get to know who/what you are writing for and their expectations.

I sufficiently failed in that respect. However, the main lesson for me in this slightly embarrassing story was to write from my own perspective, expressing an individual and unique point of view. Many freelance writing opportunities seem to want your own personal voice, but there is a catch.

When endorsement of certain brands and products is involved, your voice needs to align with what they are offering. As an articulate and creative spirit, I find this a little restrictive, and I am sure there might be others like me. After diligently applying to numerous writing jobs, I can say with great confidence that Trueblue magazine is an exceptional publication, conducive to fostering individual thought and equipping emerging writers with a voice.

Speak freely, speak true.

This is the magazine’s encouraging motto, and it consistently fulfills this promise. Honestly, I’ve yet to find an online platform of equivalent quality.  Trueblue’s championship of alternative and artistic journalism is incomparable, and I am grateful for that sudden and illuminating moment of discovery. When I stumbled across their Craiglist post, I replied anxiously, but was relieved to receive an encouraging and welcoming response. They published my work, and even thanked me for my contribution. It was wonderful to feel like part of a team, working for a greater cause of self-expression. Trueblue shows their writers that their work is valued. It has a place; it has an influence. More than anything else, the magazine promotes the growth of new writers. It supports and nourishes their individual voices. It gives them hope.

Trueblue magazine is a true champion of the written word.