So I’m sure you’ve heard the term “freelance writer” and it’s promise of freedom and lucrative returns. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. As a freelance writer, you are your own boss. You must treat your writing tasks as if it were a real 9-5 job. There is no simple way to become a freelance writer; you must dedicate a lot of time and effort into your writing along side being very original and unique, no ones going to pay for duplicate content. It’s a tough road ahead, but the real satisfaction comes from knowing that you’ve contributed and that you’re original enough to get paid for it, regardless of what you’re paid.
I have an interesting take on the concept of freelance writing, I’m sure it’s not new but here it is. Think of freelance writing as a homework assignment, where you need to need but not for money, for an intrinsic reward (an A+). You are essentially writing for free; I dub this concept “Free-Writing.” I’m sure you’ve heard it before. What it entails is the act of writing something original and with effort. It involves all the writing techniques you’ve learned through school with the extra kick of originality.
A good idea to do if you’re just starting out as a freelance writer is to keep a list of topics you want to write about (this applies especially if you’re writing for Associated Content). Build this list as you go through your day and find what inspires you and jot the idea down.
What’s important to remember is that you have full control of your content; no one is going to tell you what you can and cannot write. If you’re writing for a task/job, stay within realm (obviously) of the topic but definitely put your voice into your writing. I cannot emphasize this enough; your content should always show yourself, whatever the topic might be. You want your personality to stand out in your writing so that people know it’s you.
Most freelancers fail because they lose that motivation to stay as a freelance writer because it’s a tough market out there, and the return is just not worth it to some. The magic really comes from persistence; JUST KEEP WRITING. But don’t write for money or fame; write because you want to, because you like it. Passion really is the only way to earn money because you’re motivated by other means than monetary. When in doubt, remember this quote “Genius is 10% Intelligence and 90% persistence.”
All in all, treat your freelance writing path as a career where you are the boss. Also, to deter you from losing motivation, write what you love, even if it doesn’t earn you anything, it puts your voice and personality out there somewhere.