It’s never been easier to make money as a freelance writer. Even the newest writer can make a great income within a few months. However, many writers, both new and established, struggle.
Here are my top ten tips for writing success.
1. Write — Every Day
If you’re a writer, you write, just as bakers bake, photographers take photographs, and teachers teach. Writing is what you do: it’s a job.
If you “haven’t got time” to write, you’re not a writer. For freelance writing success, writing has to be at the center of your life, as their job is for others.
2. Start Small: Sell a Paragraph
If you’re a new writer, sell SOMETHING. Start small. Sell a filler to a magazine or an article to a Web site. Sales give you confidence.
3. Read, Every Day
Successful writers read.
4. Write for the Web, It’s a Beginning Writer’s Paradise
Web writing is clear communication; it’s not literary writing. Therefore, the Web is the beginning writer’s paradise, and the established writer’s world.
5. Realize That Writing Is a Business: Words Are Bought and Sold
As a freelancer, your writing is commercial; your aim is to produce writing which sells, so look on your writing as a business.
6. Get Experience on the Outsourcing Sites
Although some writers complain about the outsourcing sites, they’re excellent training for any writer.
They eliminate romantic notions of what the writing life is like. You realize, quickly, that the writing life is primarily about sore fingers, eyestrain, and a numb rear end.
The benefits are the writing itself: you’re paid to do something you love to do.
7. Create Your Own Web Site
Just do it, please. It’s essential.
8. Silence! Talking About Your Writing Kills Creativity
Avoid forums. Writing is something you do; so write. Talking about your writing wastes energy which should go into writing.
9. Courage: Feel the Fear and Do It Any Way
Writing takes courage. It’s fine to shake with fear when you’re writing something new, or when you send off a commissioned piece of writing to a client. As the book title says, “feel the fear and do it anyway.” The fear vanishes, as soon as you do it.
10. Show Up: Your Writing Is Cumulative
Nothing you write is ever wasted, because everything about writing is cumulative. Each word you write adds to your experience. Each sale you make adds to your confidence and prepares you for bigger and better sales.
Angela Booth’s writing guides have been created to help you to make money from your writing every day. Join the thousands of writers who are making great money with their writing skills.
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