Become a Freelance Writer? Why not?
Freelance writers or in the cool language “freelance writer” is a job that actually existed from time immemorial, since journalism was first there. Freelance writers are authors who dedicate themselves to writing to many parties or the media, but without being bound by contract as permanent workers. Freelance writers today have two main markets: online media and print media. The online market can be a service to write website or blog content, while print media can be magazines, newspapers, bulletins, or posters.
Start interested and glance at your stack of writings waiting to be cash? Wait a minute, buddy. Being a freelance writer may sound like a flexible job (because you’re the one who hires yourself) and fun to do, but that does not mean you can write anything you want by the standards you define yourself. This job requires self-discipline and rules of the game that you can not break at will-if you are serious about making this your income field, of course.
You’re Flattered When Other People Steal Your Work
Ahh, the internet. Thanks to the web, valuable content is likely to never see the printing press (ahem, thank you HuffPo). I don’t know about you, but when I write something funny and engaging, I want other people to grab it from my website and put it on theirs. I’m totally flattered, even though their plagiarism could negatively affect my article’s Google rankings, which basically amounts to stealing food out of my kids’ mouths. But hey! Think of the exposure!
It’s Ideal for You to Work in 10 Minute Spurts Over the Course of 18 Hours
This is for you parents out there. You know how it is. After a couple years of raising babies, toddlers, and then talkative kids, you get really good at being interrupted. For me, I love writing about 100 words, then helping my son find the Oreos. Then, I will take about a minute to remember where I left off, two minutes to rev up my mojo again, and then pound out another paragraph before my daughter lets me know that the dog somehow got up on the table and into said Oreos. After that, I like it when my phone rings, and my mailman knocks on the door. Then, I usually buckle down and compose a good sentence or two before someone’s homework needs a read-through. Yeah, I love that stuff!
Write for the Job You Want
Most of us aren’t lucky enough to start writing for the New York Times from scratch. You have to work your way up from smaller gigs, but if you ever want a shot at the New York Times, you have to take those smaller gigs seriously. Let’s say your goal is to write for Money magazine. But right now, the only gig you can get is writing blog posts for the latest Fintech startup. Everyone knows writing for iCash or whatever isn’t your dream job, but if you ever want that dream job, you sure as hell better write your ass off. In other words, if it’s your goal to write for Money magazine, write like you’re writing for Money magazine. It’s like the “dress for the job you want” advice but with a metric that actually matters: your skill.
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Learn to Embrace Rejection
Finally, I wish I would’ve learned to embrace rejection a lot sooner as a writer. Most writers will tell you: for every one accomplishment, there are ten or more rejections that were necessary for that accomplishment to happen. As a writer, it’s not enough to just be comfortable with rejection, you have to actively embrace it.
Since You’re SuperHuman, You Neither Procrastinate Nor Get Distracted
The Huffington Post doesn’t distract you at all, right? And Facebook? Pshhh! Me neither! Salon, Slate, all my favorite news analysis sites are non-issues. I swear. And, when it comes to getting started on the day, that totally happens at 9am, right when I return from dropping off my son at school. Never at 9:30 or 10. No matter what’s on TV or how many friends ask me to breakfast.