Becoming a freelance writer is quite simple: You post a website, join a freelance community, and you promote your services. Becoming a successful freelance writer, however, is different. To be successful you must be willing to dedicate yourself to the profession and work at becoming successful.
The good news is success is not hard to achieve in the freelance industry if you are willing to make a few changes to your work habits. The following 10 steps are very easy to do, and they will have a very positive impact on the success of your freelance writing career.
- Write Every Day: It is important that you continually use your skills so that you master them. Find an opportunity to write each day, even if it is to make entries onto your personal blog. Writing is a skill that must be mastered, and the only way to do this is to use your skills on a daily basis.
- Outline Projects: Many writers believe that once they have the guidelines for a writing assignment in their head they can create a masterpiece. While there may be some extraordinary writers that can accomplish this type of feat, most writers should create an outline of their project before they begin to write. This type of outline will help the writer accomplish everything they need to within the project. It will provide reference material for the project, and ensure that all topics are covered within the piece.
- Read About Your Profession: Take the time to read about freelance writing, about the industry, and about trends within the industry. Read blogs written by other authors about the industry and their experiences, and interact within freelance communities. The more you understand about your profession and the people that work within the industry, the better your career will become.
- Read For Entertainment: When you take time to read you will enhance your writing abilities. All of the greatest writers are also avid readers. Reading will inspire you and it will also introduce you to various writing styles. Reading is also a great way to distract yourself when you are dealing with writers block, something that all freelancers face at one time or another.
- Look and Listen: The world is a wondrous place. Everywhere you go, everything you see all has a story. Look and listen to the things around you and you will learn things that will reflect positively in your writing.
- Research: Before beginning to work on any writing project, research the subject matter. You should familiarize yourself with positive and negative issues surrounding your subject, and you should be aware of the function of the subject matter. For example, if you are writing about shelving units, you would want to know about the purpose of the shelving, the construction materials of the shelving, the benefits and drawbacks of that type of shelving. This is important so you can write a well-informed piece.
- Review Your Previous Work: It is very important to go back to pieces you have written in the past and re-read what you have written. You will be able to critique your work, see how your writing has evolved, or even return to a writing style that you used in the past. Reviewing old work is one of the easiest ways to grow as a writer.
- Enhance Your Skills: Take advantage of classes at the local college, attend seminars, and attend workshops related to your field. It does not matter how long you have been in the freelance writing profession, you should always be open to learning something new. This is very important if you wish to remain competitive on the Internet. Internet writing is a completely different style of writing, and the trends quickly change. If you want to write for the Internet, you must remain knowledgeable about writing styles for the web.
- Take Time To Teach: One way to enhance your personal skills is to offer to teach them to others. When you are placed in the position to share your experience and knowledge with others, you will be at your best. Offer workshops for children who aspire to be writers, teach a class at the senior center. You will enjoy the experience, and you will enhance your skills.
- Know When To Go To Lunch: It is very important as a freelance writer to know when to get up from your computer and take a break. Even if you are on a deadline, even if you only have one page to go, even if you have not yet written a word, sometimes it is better to get up and take a break from your job than to create low-quality work. Writing is a mental skill, and your success depends on clear thinking. If you are stressed or need a lunch break, take 30 minutes to get refreshed, your work will benefit greatly.