Ah, the writing life, such a wonderfully rewarding and incredibly frustrating creative endeavor. Writing is one of the most fulfilling activities and it seems like everyone wants to take advantage of it. But that certainly shouldn’t stop you from jumping in!
Whether you want to write non-fiction, fiction, poetry, blog, write humor, review books, or whatever your heart desires, you can make it happen. It’ll take perseverance and hard work, but it will be worth it! Here are some tips to help you follow your dreams of being a freelance writer. Also here are some general writing tips, because a writer can always improve their skills (myself included).
It may seem like a no-brainer but in order to make it as a freelancer, you have to write, and keep writing. My suggestion is to write daily. Even if it is only 200 words, or for 10 minutes, keep writing regularly. Practice makes perfect.
In order to be a successful artist, you first have to study the masters. Writing is no different. If you really want to write you have to be in love with words and language. This requires reading. In some ways reading is just as important as writing. Need book ideas? (I LOVE to read, feel free to reach out to me on twitter @ana.berkovich for book ideas or suggestions.)
3. Check out your favorite websites
If you have a great idea for one of your favorite websites, figure out how to submit to them. Many websites list submissions guidelines in their navigation bar, or at the bottom of the home page. But make sure you have read some of their posts. You need to know what sort of stories they are looking for.
4. Start a blog
The best way to figure out what you want to write about is to write. Many people get started with a blog, usually on Tumblr or WordPress, and get picked up later. Many websites and publications prefer for you to have experience, and your own blog is a great way to gain some.
5. Follow through
If you have submitted a piece, and haven’t heard anything in a while, email them and ask about your submission. Most will be happy to let you know. A word of caution, though, a few publications ask that you don’t email them. Make sure you look at your guidelines.
6. Keep Track
Make a list of where you sent work and other relevant information. Excel works well for this but the Internet is full of other great ideas.
7. Value your time
It is important to set a time for writing and to always allow it to be open. Different habits work best for different people but nearly everyone can agree that a writer needs a specific time set aside for writing. You may sit down to write and read instead. That is okay. But you should still have this designated time.
8. Keep trying
Don’t give up! It may seem like nothing is happening but it will. Give it a real try, and be persistent. But also be able to realize when something just isn’t working out, and be able to look at your work critically and start over.
These are just a few ways to help you get started as a freelance writer. If you have more tips, I’d love to hear them! Tweet me @ana.berkovich and let me know, or leave a comment below.
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