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Thursday, August 13, 2009

How to Become a Freelance Writer

There is something undeniably romantic about the concept of being a freelance writer. For many people the idea of making their living writing has a great deal of appeal. However, before you can become a freelance writer, there are some skills you will most defiantly need.

Skill Number 1: Good writing ability
It does not matter if you have the best ideas in the world. If you are unable to express your ideas well in writing you will not be able to get very far as a freelancer. A good suggestion is to take English courses either at a local university or online. By doing so you can build a solid platform from which to expand your skill set.

Skill Number 2: Self discipline
Some of the world’s greatest writers have never been discovered simply because they lacked the discipline to sit down and write. By developing the discipline to write even when it is not fun you will help yourself in your goal.

Skill Number 3: Meeting your deadline
There is probably no accurate way to count how many would be freelance writers failed simply because they could not meet deadlines. Before you begin to work as a freelancer, make sure you know what you are capable of. Also, make sure that you don’t let anything get in the way of your deadlines.

Skill Number 4: Practice, practice, practice, and then practice some more
Even if you don’t have anything in the way of paid work on a particular day you should still sit down and write something. You need to keep your writing skills as sharp as possible, and this means writing a lot even when you aren’t getting anything from it. However, be careful not to fall into a routine of over easy exercises. The goal of practicing should always be about improving your skills.

Skill Number 5: Learn from everything you do
Great writing comes from a person’s ability to write about the every day and make it interesting. Do your best to observe everything around you. Practice describing the sunrise as it breaks over the untamed mountain side. Learn, learn, learn. You never know when something might have the story you have been waiting to tell.

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