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Updated on December 13, 2017
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Chitrangada loves to read and write.The many possibilities of Online writing excites, and enthuses her to rediscover herself as a writer.

Quotes:

The life of the professional writer - like that of any freelance, whether she be a plumber or a podiatrist - is predicated on willpower. Without it there simply wouldn't be any remuneration, period.
-----Will Self

Earn while you write --content writing
Earn while you write --content writing | Source

Interesting video on Writing tips, source:You tube

How To Start Online Content Writing?

All of us have been beginners earlier. As such, many would be able to relate to this article.

It is difficult for new and aspiring writers to understand, exactly how to begin, from where to start.

At times, these beginners do not have a clue about the kind of writing, they want to do, or the path they want to follow.

Perhaps the most difficult thing for them is to understand, how to give shape to their brilliant ideas into wonderful writing.

Benefits of Freelance writing, especially in the context of Online writing:

  • As a Freelance writer, one can earn a lot and it is a fascinating vocation, there is no doubt about that.
  • At the same time, you can widen your horizons, satisfy your creative desires, earn a lot of personal satisfaction to see your name as a published author.
  • Writing is fun, enjoyment, and makes you knowledgeable, as you are always learning something new.
  • There are a number of sites on the Internet, where you can start your Freelance career, HubPages is one of the perfect platforms to give shape to your creative ideas.
  • The greatest plus point of Online Freelance Writing is that you can pursue this along with your regular job, and as per your choice of time.
  • You satisfy your creative desire to write and even get paid for it, and I think this is wonderful.


Pen down your creative ideas into an organised way
Pen down your creative ideas into an organised way | Source

Do you need special qualities to become a Freelance Writer?

You do not need any special background to become a published writer. Successful writers come from all walks of life.

What are the requirements then?

  • Genuine desire to write and express;
  • A flair and mastery in the language you wish to write;
  • Some creative ideas and imagination;
  • Lot of patience and enthusiasm;
  • The desire to learn from the experience of yourself, and of others.

When I started writing Online, I did not have much idea even about computers. Although I was writing as a hobby at my school and college. But slowly I started learning the Online writing and learning is always fun, irrespective of age. One can never feel old, if the mind is active and still learning new things.


Be well versed in computers
Be well versed in computers | Source

Writers Are Made Not Born!

Yes, that' s what I believe!

If you have a flair for words;

If you are interested in reading;

If you are curious to know what's going around;

If you are determined to succeed;

then you can certainly make it.

Writing is a skill, which like all other artistic skills, you can learn and develop with proper instruction and practice.

The more you write, the better you will become.

When you have your first success, it's a wonderful feeling.

Who can forget the thrill of one's first cheque!

With success comes recognition, prestige, satisfaction, self-confidence and a renewed faith in one's creative ability.


Do you believe in Niche Writing?

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Some Common Points To Be Considered While Submitting Your Writing!

Many Freelancers kick-start by writing, substandard material, and submit it for publishing.

They may face Rejection, which demoralises them.

The fundamental points to be taken care of, whenever you write and submit something for publishing, can be summed up as follows:

Remember the C word. The Content should be----

  1. Clear;

  2. Concise;

  3. Complete;

  4. Constructive;

  5. Credible;

  6. Correct;

  7. Coherent;

  8. Captivating.

  9. Conversational

Besides, Read, and Reread,

Revise, and again Revise,

Edit, and Re-edit,

before publishing.

To specialise, or not to specialise? That is, to niche or not to niche?

  • One thing always bothers writers—-which subject or topic, they should focus on, while writing.
  • Initially, it may take a little time to understand, what exactly is your interest. In other words, on which topic, you are more comfortable in writing and expressing and that too effectively.
  • Sometimes the feedback from fellow writers, and readers of your content helps you to discover yourself, that's what I feel.
  • But it is definitely better to specialise.
  • You will find yourself writing more often, and perhaps with more feeling, on topics and subjects, that are of special interest to you.
  • The topics can vary from Politics, Relationship issues, Environment, Children, Parenting, Entertainment, Household topics, or any other latest trends.
  • As you progress as a writer, you are in a better position to understand your specialisation, and you can use this to your advantage.
  • People will look forward to what you have to say on that particular subject and your writings will become a 'Must Read' for them.

Creative writing
Creative writing | Source

Do you think formal training in Freelance Writing is required?

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To Sum Up:

  • An observant eye and a fertile and creative mind, enthusiasm for writing, a willingness to apply yourself to regular, sustained hard work and command over the language are the main prerequisites for being successful in the field of writing.
  • The more you write, the easier it becomes.
  • Look around yourself, there is a story everywhere. The only thing you have to organise your ideas and pen it down, read, revise, edit and re-edit before publishing.
  • Last but not the least, be disciplined, have patience and will power and have faith in your ability as a writer.

Chitrangada Sharan

Useful References:

https://m.wikihow.com/Become-an-Online-Freelance-Writer

https://thewritelife.com/how-to-make-your-first-100-as-a-freelance-writer/

https://bloggerspassion.com/top-5-websites-for-freelance-content-writers/



Common writing mistakes and how to avoid them, source: You tube

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    • JvicIndia profile image

      John 

      17 months ago from India

      thanks Maam

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi John!

      Glad to meet you and read your comments.

      Like you I also started online writing as a hobby some five years ago. This keeps me preoccupied always and I enjoy the time spent on HubPages.

      Good to learn that you became successful as a professional writer as well.

      Thanks for your kind visit and positive comments!

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      John 

      17 months ago from India

      I started content writing as a hobby 8 years ago but now iam a professional writer. I made good use of hubpages to make money from Google adsense

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the visit Mr. Jyoti Kothari!

      I suggest you should advertise for this in job portals . Through Linked in you may get the required talent you are searching for.

      Thank you!

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      Jyoti Kothari 

      2 years ago from Jaipur

      We need content writers for our Jewelry and Infotech business, Can you suggest some?

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Shaloo, for reading and appreciating!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      good suggestions for beginners!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you kbdressman, for sharing your thoughts here.

      I am glad that you liked it and that it was encouraging to you.

      Many thanks for your kind visit and comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Thelma Alberts, for visiting this hub for the second time. I am pleased to read your appreciative comments.

      Thanks for pinning as well!

    • kbdressman profile image

      kbdressman 

      3 years ago from Harlem, New York

      My favorite idea in your hub was that "Writers are made and not Born!" That can be really hard for new writers to learn and for experienced writers to remember! Thanks for the reminder! I needed the encouragement!

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I have read this for the second time and it is still very informative and inspiring to me. Pinned it to my writing board just in case I need it again.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks SANJAY LAKHANPALji, for your visit and comments!

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      4 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Thanks for the suggestions. I will remember the tips.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Kerry Endeko, for your kind visit and comment! We all were beginners. I can relate to your feelings. By writing regularly, one can improve day by day--saying this by personal experience. I am glad this article is useful to you. English is not my mother tongue as well. It is good to write on subjects, in which you are well versed or you have thorough knowledge about. I am interested in a variety of topics. Therefore I enjoy writing on many topics. Before starting a hub you can go through the Learning center guide. They have explained almost everything. The HP community is very helpful and supportive. You can clarify your doubts in the Forums or Q A section. Wish you all the best and happy hubbing!

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      TUKE KERRY ENDEKO 

      4 years ago from Half street,Toptown, Lae CIity,Morobe Province,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

      Thank you for the great advice. I have not yet written an article to publish on hubpages. I was just scared to make mistake, especially in English grammer which is a second language to me. I was encouraged on the part of writing on "specialize" subjects. I think I'll try writing on the Subject of Music as I am a music Teacher Myself and I run a private music School in Lae City of Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. Thanks once again I really appreciate your advice.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Torrs13, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I am glad this hub is useful to you. When I started, I did not know anything about Online writing. Though I was a writer earlier, but Online writing is different.

      I am still learning as everyday you come to learn something new. The community is very helpful and supportive. If at all you face problems, there is the learning center, giving answers to almost all your doubts.

      I have not found a niche either, because I like variety. Though there are certain topics close to my heart, on which I write.

      Welcome to HubPages and I wish you all the best!

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      Tori Canonge 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      I think you gave some great advice to beginners in this hub. I never thought I would be writing for sites like Hubpages, but I'm so glad that I started because I've always enjoyed writing and this site has given me a chance to showcase my work and improve my skills. It's great to get feedback from others and to see what your niche really is. I'm still trying to find my own niche, but I'm enjoying writing about things that I've experienced and those which I have more knowledge about.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DeborahNeyens, for reading and appreciating!

      I agree with you that niche writing has many advantages. But I have a tendency to get attracted to variety and I like reading and writing on various topics.

      Sorry for responding late, as I was a little busy for some time.

      Thanks!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      4 years ago from Iowa

      Great tips and advice. As far as niche writing, I think its does help to have a focus in terms of becoming a more efficient writer as well being viewed as an authority. But it is fun to branch out and write about different topics.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Thelma Alberts, for visiting the hub and commenting!

      I agree reading, writing and the desire to learn something new are the essential characteristics of a promising writer.

      Thanks for voting up!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Great advice! Reading, reading and reading besides the other abilities to write and the ability to learn something new . Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Tolovaj, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

      I agree completely that there must be a desire and ability to learn to succeed in this field. I am curious and happy to learn everyday by reading other' s writings. And I have learnt so many new things here, of which I had no idea before writing Online.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Tolovaj 

      4 years ago

      Great introduction to wonderful but sometimes confusing world of freelancing. I would like to add another important thing: ability to learn. If you don't like to learn, if you are not able to learn non stop, you hardly have a chance. Thank you and good luck!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks aviannovice, for your visit and comments!

      And I agree with you that skill, faith and passion are the key characteristics for becoming successful in the field of writing.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks travelogyindia, for your visit and comments!

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The keys are skill, faith and PASSION.

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      Santosh Gupta 

      4 years ago from Delhi

      Great Hub...

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I agree that reading more and more is very important to writer good content.

      Thanks!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Good advice for all writers. I find that the more I read, the better I write.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks billybuc, for your kind visit and encouraging words!

      I am pleased to know that you liked it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Ericdierker, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you found the ideas useful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Devika, for your visit and continuous support! I am glad you liked the suggestions.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very good information for those just starting out. Well done my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Many good ideas here. Thank you

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great suggestions for a beginner and helpful too.

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