New writers often know that they want to become a freelance writer, but aren’t sure how to start their journey.
The journey starts when you decide what to write.
If you’re lucky, the decision is made for you. It comes as a flash of intuition. You not only know that you want to write, you also know what you’ll write.
In my writing from home guide, I said:
You suddenly realize: I can do this! You read a book, or an article, or a piece of web content, and you can see yourself writing it… You know you can do it.
If your intuition is silent, start by choosing whether you want to write fiction, or nonfiction.
If you want to write fiction, just start writing.
For example, many years ago, when I wrote novels, I started a novel by deciding to start a novel. I sat down at my IBM Selectric II (a great typewriter, of which I have many fond memories), and typed ten titles. Then I chose a title, and wrote a first paragraph, and another, and another. Somewhere around page five, I had a couple of characters, a situation, and the glimmer of a plot.
On the other hand, if you want to write nonfiction, start by considering your experience and interests. Make a list of what you do every day, and your loves and hates.
Your everyday experiences will always give you plenty to write about. Anything which bugs you will give you the seed of an article.
Let’s say that currently you’re working in an office, and you’re buying a house.
OK, what bugs you about work? Make a list. Make another list of everything you find frustrating about your search for a home. Each and every item on your list is the seed of an idea. Each seed can sprout into an article, or many articles — a seed may even sprout into a book.
The old dictum “write what you know” is a great help when you don’t know what to write. All writers mine their experiences. Normal people complain about their misfortunes, writers know that they can write about them. No matter what disaster strikes you, a tiny portion of your mind will be wondering how you can use this in your writing.
Everything in your life is grist for your writing mill, so start writing.
In the comments, share how you choose what to write.
Introducing — Angela Booth’s Lazy Rich Blogger method
After several years of trial and error, these days I create blogs which I know will make money: I’ve cracked the code. Not only do my blogs make money almost immediately, they’ll also keep on making money for years to come.
If you wish, you can join me on the blogging journey. I hope you do. As the Internet grows ever larger, there are endless opportunities which can turn you into a lazy, rich blogger.