Unless you’re an established freelance writer, it may feel overwhelming to break into the ‘writing for money’ field. It could be the thought of writing a 1000 word article seems daunting. Or, maybe you’re intimated thinking of ghostwriting or editing a book. Well, freelance writing doesn’t have to be overly time consuming or laborious.
There are all types of writing, aside from feature articles, you can write greeting card content, fillers, anecdotes, short articles or posts, letters, jokes, and more. There are many opportunities to write for money.
In the Morning Nudge by writing coach Suzanne Lieurance, she mentions that the worst thing you can do in regard to your writing career is NOTHING.
With all your dreams and well intentions of creating a freelance writing career, if you don’t take some kind of action, it’s a sure thing that you’ll never get anywhere. So, no matter what genre you’re writing in, or want to write in, take the steps to move forward.
Tips and Tricks to Move Forward
Writing for money means you’ll need to put time and effort into creating and building a career. To do this, to move forward, you’ll need to write on a regular basis, even if it’s not meant for publication. In addition, it’s a good idea to read ‘good’ copy and content. This will help you hone your craft.
Another trick to keep you moving forward while you query for jobs is to actually type effective copy and content written by pros. This strategy helps you train your brain to recognize good writing and will help you to emulate it. But, a word of caution here, this is only a practice strategy – you cannot use another writer’s content for anything other than practice. That would be plagiarism.
You may be thinking that you just don’t know where to start or how to start on a freelance writing path. That’s understandable. The writing arena is broad and can certainly feel overwhelming when first starting out, but one strategy is to write in the niche that you know.
Are you a healthcare professional? Write in that area.
Do you know lots of technical stuff? Write in that area.
Are you an accountant or other professional? You got it, write in that area.
You can also think about your hobbies. What can you write about. Chances are if you're interested in something others are also.
Learn Your Way to Success
in addition to the tips above, there are also a number of programs and resources, free and for a fee, that you can take advantage of to guide you to publication.
You can start by asking in your writing groups or ask more experienced writer friends if they know of tools, programs, and resources geared toward writing for money. You can also attend live or online freelance writing webinars. There are a number of free ones available online. In addition, you can do an online search to find resources.
Another strategy to use to learn the ropes is to attend courses, pay for ecourses or signup with a writing membership site. If you do choose this route be sure the director or instructor is qualified.
As you can see, there are many opportunities for you to get started and move forward in your freelance writing career.
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