Great, great piece and oh so true. I've been freelancing for 25 years and am now writing books, which may be worse. I remember when I was starting out I hosted dinners at New York eateries for freelancers I'd met through a writer's organization. One night I was talking about my fear of rejection. One of them, a successful freelancer and very ballsy dame asked me without irony "then why did you go into freelance writing?" I've been asking myself that question ever since. She became a successful literary agent 20 years ago.