Being a writer is something that many people aspire to, but few actually make happen. The most important factor between success and failure, is just having a passion and being willing to take risks for that passion. Freelance writing is a job where your income is not guaranteed. You have to be your own boss, which means you are the only one who can find work to pull in money. You have no fall back, or other people to count on besides the person you see in the mirror. If that sounds scary to you, freelancing probably isn’t the best prospect for you.
But if you want to be a writer, the first step is making sure you have the skills. I’m not necessarily talking about the degrees you think you need, but rather the knowledge. If you want to be a freelancer you absolutely need the Associated Press Stylebook. It’s a listing of everything you need to know for journalism trends concerning grammar, spelling, and how you should write a journalistic article for any topic. It’s your writing bible, so keep it with you while you write until you know the facts inside and out.
Start up a personal blog. This will serve for a resume of sorts, where you can continually update your personal accomplishments and day to day musings. Your blog will serve as a good introduction to employers, and could even earn you extra money in the process, from advertising. Not to mention it’s a free and easy way to hone your writing techniques, something you desperately need to do at all times.
Keep a list of your goals around your work area, so that you can keep sight of your target. That way whenever you’re feeling less than motivated to be a successful writer, you have constant motivation. Never stop working toward those goals, and keep them close to your heart. Anything is possible if you’re willing to work for what you want.
Finally, now that you’re set to really get started, look for work. Submit your writing to websites, there are a plethora available for freelance writers. In the beginning be prepared to work for low money to develop a good work history, or even free at times. But once your history is more reputable, the better jobs will consider you. The more of a name you can make for yourself, the more valuable and expensive your services will become.
Tags: Bible, Boss, Earn Money, Extra Money, Fall Back, freelancer, Grammar, Journalism, Mirror, Motivation, Musings, Passion, Personal Accomplishments, Personal Blog, Plethora, Sorts, Spelling, Success And Failure, Target, Writing Techniques