Writers: Lance for Hire

Freelance. The word derives from footloose knights willing to defend any castle for a fee, and it still rings romantically. Today's deskbound journalist dreams of breaking the shackles, telling off the boss, and striking out on his own. He will decide what to write, how to write it and when to write it. Freed from the confines of a newspaper or magazine, he will fulfill the creativity he has so long suppressed as an organization man.

"Sure, I love the freedom to work 18 hours a day," says Marvin Kitman, who has written...

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