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532604863If you’re thinking about becoming a freelance writer, these steps can help you realize your dream.

  1. Write Well

Some people like the concept of writing without enjoying the actual craft. If you don’t have much experience writing, you might want to take a course. You should also have in mind whether you want to freelance for fun, for extra money, or as a career.

  1. Communicate Confidently

In order to be a freelance writer, you will often need to advocate for yourself in order to gain work and clients. This involves looking for opportunities, following up on emails and sometimes meeting with potential clients.

  1. Be Able to “Just Do It”

You will sometimes find yourself having to meet a deadline for a topic that doesn’t much interest you. In these moments, you’ll need to be able to set goals for yourself. It can also be helpful to use your own writing projects as a reward.

  1. Be Comfortable Alone and With Others

In order to be a freelance writer, you’ll have to enjoy your own company. You’ll also want to be able to motivate yourself to get out of the house and socialize. You can work in a coffee shop, or just meet up with people for pleasant conversation.

  1. Have Self-Discipline

You’ll need to be able to have the self-discipline both to generate your own income and to allocate it properly to your financial needs. You will also need good organizational skills in order to manage your work, deadlines, queries and documents.

  1. Ease into It

You don’t have to become a freelance writer in one fell swoop. Instead, you can begin working on it while still doing your day job. As you gain clients and assignments, you can slowly transition into freelancing full time…if that’s your desire.

  1. Be Part of the Writing Community

It’s important to network with others. You can find associations or meet-ups, attend conferences or become part of organizations. These connections will help sustain you and help you hone your craft.

  1. Narrow Your Focus

You can do magazine writing, novels, ghostwriting and marketing just to name a few.

  1. Reach Out

Find magazines on topics you’re interested in, and click on their submission page. Research query letters, and follow up on a query after two weeks. You can also find opportunities through job sites like Indeed.com and Craigslist.

  1. Write

Once you’ve landed a gig, or if you’re sending an article or story you’re hoping will get picked up, it’ll be time to sit down and write.

  1. Build Your Craft

Keep improving, looking for better opportunities, and building connections with the professional contacts you’ve made in the industry.

The most important step to becoming a freelance writer is to begin the journey. As the popular adage goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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475177099Blogging has become increasingly popular in the 21st century. It can be an excellent way to wrestle with your own thoughts while simultaneously sharing insights with others. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to begin if you’re just starting out. The following tips can help you get started or overcome writer’s block along the way.

  1. Write about a Personal Journey

Everyone loves a good story, especially if it involves some type of journey. This journey can be literal, such as a road trip, or metaphorical. Think about something that has previously stumped you, how overcame your roadblock, and how your life has changed for the better as a result.

  1. Document Your Day in Photographs

Photographs can be a great way to share your experiences with others. You don’t need a fancy camera to get good pictures. Things that may seem mundane to you are often interesting to others, because they haven’t walked in your shoes. You can photograph simple things like your neighborhood, your pet or a new coffee shop you found.

  1. Have a Theme

It can be helpful if your blog follows some sort of loose theme. Maybe you want to write about your experiences as a first generation college student or as a mother who loves to paint. Your theme will draw in readers and help give you focus about what types of daily events you want to write about.

  1. Be Personal

There is a fine line in the blogging world between being too reserved and too intimate. Remember that whatever you share is public, but also remember that people are often drawn to something that feels personal. Instead of just writing a recipe, write your experiences making the dish. Add meaningful details without feeling like you’re exposing yourself, especially if you would be doing so just for page clicks.

  1. Create Your Own Favorites Lists

Lists are a perfect way to share your thoughts in a way that is relatively easy and unintimidating. Pick a topic that follows your theme, and document your list with pictures. For instance, if you write about feminism, you can share a list of your favorite feminist books.

The most important thing to keep in mind when blogging is that the practice should be fun. Use your blog to write about what interests you, and likely others will find it interesting as well.

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