Our member of the week is Ned Vizzini. A freelance writer, Ned has written articles, reviews and columns for many different clients, including the New York Times. He has published three young adult novels as well, the most recent of which, Itâs Kind of a Funny Story, was hailed by the New York Times Book Review as âInsightful and utterly authentic.â? You can see examples of Nedâs work as well as his blog on his website, and a list of his clients on his profile on our yellow pages. Below is a short interview with Ned.
1. What has been your most interesting project?
My most interesting project was writing my third book It's Kind of a Funny Story. It came out of me very quickly in a month; it was a lot of sweating, listening to John Coltrane, bent over the computer, more sweating, nervous sleep, joy at the end. I don't recommend it for anyone but it was intense.
2. Why did you decide to go freelance?
I have been freelance for 11 years although I never really thought of it that way. I consider working with a book company freelance, as it isn't steady employment. With Freelancers Union I just acknowledge my status to move forward with more opportunities.
3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?
I would tell a new freelancer to ALWAYS MEET YOUR DEADLINES. Also, always thank your editors, always keep a database of people who have helped you, and send out holiday cards.
4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?
My favorite part of New York is Union Square. Whenever I go there, I see interesting freaks. Sometimes my friend Te De Van Rocketman Kurzweil is there, a 6'7" Jew rapping Jew (that's how he describes himself) who will heal people for free.
And sometimes you just see stuff like this.
5. What is your inspiration?
Fear of death. I wanted to do something that would outlast me, and I wasn't any good at dancing or singing. Writing was, I found, the art form where it was easiest for me to enjoy the art and then reproduce my own version of it.