Beginning Freelance Writer to Pro 1: Create a Website

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Which path will you take? Get on the path to a successful freelance writing career…

This week our primary theme is creativity. Creativity is not merely essential in everything you do as a writer, it’s also something you can cultivate.

A tip: cleverness doesn’t equal creativity

Sometimes new writers equate creativity with being clever. You can catch yourself doing this, because you’ll write something, and you’ll think: “That’s excellent, it’s really clever…” When you think that, your next thought needs to be: It may be clever, but does the writing do what it’s meant to do?

Your writing always has a goal: to inform, to persuade, or to entertain. Make sure your writing does what it’s supposed to do – that’s where you deploy your creativity. Cleverness for the sake of it isn’t helpful.

With that out of the way, we’ll also discuss your journey from beginning freelance writer to pro this week. This journey seems to be very hard – writers want to write professionally, but never manage to sell anything.

There’s a reason for that. They don’t sell, because they never offer any of their writing skills, or creations, for sale.

Let’s fix that this week.

Beginner to pro

A “professional” is someone who’s paid for doing something or other – it’s a livelihood.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been working with a group of writers who want to become professional writers. They’ve all been writing for a while – five years, in one case. They just haven’t SOLD anything… and if you don’t sell, you’re not a professional.

Create a website NOW

If you’re in this position – you write, or want to write professionally – create a website. Today. Professional writing is a business, and in any business, nothing happens until someone sells something. Our little “beginner to pro” series will help you to SELL.

Go to Weebly, and create a website. Call the site: yourname.weebly.com. Yes, please just use your name. Just like Baldrick, we have a cunning plan. If you follow our cunning plan, you’ll sell something this week. Selling your writing is easy – if you have a plan.

Your plan starts with your website. So, please do that. It will only take you a minute or two. Weebly is free.

Once you’ve created the site, write 250 words about yourself as a writer:

  • What you write;

  • Who your clients are/ will be;

  • Something personal – where you live, etc.

Write anything you like. Your sole aim is to START.

Once you’ve created your website, and have written 250 words, you’re on your way to a professional writing career.

TIP: you can’t do this incorrectly. It’s just a website, and you can change it at any time.

More later this week… subscribe to our writing tips ezine if you haven’t done so.

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Beginning Writers

Build the writing career you want FAST with the Beginning Writer’s Fast-Start Package

The times we’re living in are challenging. If you’re working a day job, you’re nervous. You don’t want to hear the dreaded words: “We have to let you go…”

As a freelance writer, you’re in control. You have unlimited opportunities, and you can make much more money than you can make at a day job. And no one can fire you…

Why not build the writing career you want? What have you got to lose?

If you’ve said: “I can’t afford it…”

Beginning writers send me messages saying something like “Help me, I want to buy your products, but I can’t afford it…” several times a week.

I hear you.

To kick off your career with a bang, you need three things.

You need to know:

* Where to get writing jobs fast

* How to get paid for your writing

* How to make writing fun and enjoyable. Why bother with a writing career if writing’s not huge fun for you?

I’ve chosen three guides which give you exactly what you need, and have created the Beginning Writer’s Fast-Start Package.

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her Writing Genii website. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.

About Angela Booth

Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her Writing Genii website. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.