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Become a Freelance Writer Even Without Any Experience

Updated on February 3, 2016

It may be time for a change in your work life. Perhaps you are sick and tired of the daily grind. You waste much of your life in traffic going to and from work only to sit for eight hours in your uncomfortable cubicle. You could change all that and become a Freelance Writer even if you don't have any experience yet. However, you must believe in yourself. When you are believing in yourself it doesn't mean you think you are the greatest writer in the world all at the outset. What it does mean is that you trust yourself to stay committed to the process.

Do You Dare to Become a Freelance Writer?

Maybe you think there is a special magic to being successful as a Freelance Writer. Well, there isn't! There is a skill set that is helpful, such as having good grammar and syntax. Excellent research skills are essential. There is no magic though- just hard work. Never underestimate the value of hard work and persistence.

How Can a Beginner Succeed and Become a Freelance Writer?

It is daunting to be a beginner of any endeavor because you often feel sheepish and inexperienced. However, beginners often have an excitement that more seasoned professionals lack. This zeal for writing can carry you far. In the end though, it is those who persevere in their writing who succeed.

The Need for a Freelance Writer to Get Their First Clips

As a new writer, one of your first goals is to get some "clips." This means you need to get some of your work accepted for publication and printed. This could be a newspaper clipping or local publication. Local publications that are small and less-known are often easier to get into than larger, more famous magazines.

Practice and Market

The key to success as a Freelance Writer is to write a great many words and market regularly. The writing part involves great self discipline and dedication. It is best to set up a writing schedule and respect it. Respecting your writing times equals respecting your talent and yourself. Marketing is being in a constant process of seeking new markets in order to get paid.

At this time next year you could be a Freelance Writer with one year of experience but you must begin now. You truly can have success and even at the outset. Focus on getting your first published pieces. Do not neglect your writing schedule and market without fail to be successful.

Henderson, Kathy. The Young Writers Guide to Getting Published. Writers Digest Books Cincinnati, Ohio (1990.)


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      Old Poolman 19 months ago

      OK, you talked me into doing something I have always wanted to do. The way you present this information is a clear and concise yet easy reading format is great.