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Freelance Writing From a Beginner: Writing For Others
If you have been writing for awhile and you have decided that you want to try your hand at freelancing there is one thing you should know. You are no longer writing for yourself you are writing for others. While I have been doing this for awhile now (Since May) I still find it very hard writing for others. I am so used to writing for me writing what I want and love and have passion about. I am now given topics to write on that I know nothing about and seriously careless about and wonder why the heck does anyone else. I have also though learned a lot though for I am given topics that I know nothing about and have to research and write a brilliant article on. This can sometimes be very vexing as well as there may not be that much information on say trolley bags.
Word lengths and Formats
Another thing you will encounter in writing for others is you are going to be given a word length and a format which to write the article in. This is not so bad unless the topic is horrible and you have to think up 400 words on rattan storage. Good thing is you do learn what rattan is and become a bit wiser somehow.
In writing for others you will also encounter DEADLINES. They are going to want a certain amount of articles by a certain amount of time and you are going to have to deliver. Being a single mom as well this can be quite difficult cause while I LOVE writing and my job I do have a life. I I have managed though to make this work and I also like the ideas of deadlines. It seems when under pressure I thrive. I usually get my articles in before the deadline and that shows good business to them, yet it also ends the job a bit quicker if they only have so many articles needed. Then you are stuck again searching for more writing gigs.
Don’t Quit Your Day Job
One other thing to know when writing for others well unless you’re extremely lucky the pay is small and this is something to do on the possible side. In writing online I have encountered a lot of would be writers saying they quite their day job to focus on writing more, or to be a full time writer. I cringe a bit when I hear this and I do hope that they were wise and made a nest egg. Even if you do have a nest egg setting up your writing career can take longer than you have in your nest egg. In my case I had lost my day job as I got laid off. I thought this brilliance though as I had unemployment and I could work on building up my writing. While I did just that sadly when my unemployment ran out I was still no where ready. My health has also taken a bad turn which prevented me from going back into the working field of desk jobs, retail and witnessing. Pride got in my way from applying for disability because I did not want to think I was. Life always creeps into my writing world and maybe it happens in your too. Where you are constantly thwarted your faith and limits tested. Writing is my job and my income but it’s not enough to pay the bills. I say not yet though for I am still going up and building myself up as losing the Internet ever threatens over my horizon. No Internet means no money for my job is online. My Internet company has tried though to work with me but sadly I still am not bringing in enough. The freelance world is ever a fleeting business my friends. I work harder and for less which really doesn’t make sense, and while I am miserable and crying I am also the happiest and content for I am writing….I am a writer it’s what I do.
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