Freelance Writer Basics – Getting Started

Setting out in the direction of a freelance writing career can be a scary step. Even in the best of circumstances freelance income is not always steady. Finding jobs and finding the right jobs can be work in and of its self. There are a number of things to consider before making the plunge to become a freelance writer.

    1. The talent of it all – most people want the prestige of being a writer (or a singer or an actor) but not everyone has a gift or talent to create things that others want to read. If you don’t have the skills currently then are you willing to work to get to that level? Talent is important but desire can overcome a lack of talent with diligence and persistence.

    2. Reasons for writing – it has been said that a true writer has to write or die. The words seem to pour out of some as natural as life. You can write because you have a need to write. You can write because you have a story you want to share. You can write because you have knowledge that might help others. Most everyone wants to be validated by the money but if you are writing for the money then your readers will see through you!

    3. Finding a location – no matter what line of work you may be entering you need a space to do that work. Create a writing area in your home (complete with a dictionary, writing books and magazines, a thesaurus, pens and paper). In today’s market a computer is important so that may be the first investment that you need to make.

    4. Knowing the time – stepping out into a life of full time freelance writing is not for everyone or just any time. Review your finances. You need to be in a position to grow your business without fretting over money. It has to be about the writing and not about the income. When you can safely say that there is six months worth of income in savings then you are in a position to make the jump in with both feet.

Everyone is a writer. A writer is simply someone who puts down thoughts, feelings, ideas or emotions into a written form. Becoming a freelance writer is not something that every writer can, should or may want to do. It can be a tough path to walk so review your thoughts and reasons before stepping out into a freelance writing career.

Kathryn Lang

#Hope builder. #Dream inspirer. Master of “it’s all about #relationships.” Aficionado of inappropriate laughter, Kathryn Lang believe we can all fly and works to help others find the time to make their dreams come true. She shares with people that are trying to walk the tightrope of family, work, and faith – and keep them all in the right balance. Contact Kathryn today to speak or teach at your next event.

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