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You Can Become a Freelance Writer of Lucrative Short Stories

Updated on February 5, 2016

Do You Enjoy Writing?

Do you like to write? Maybe you keep a journal and find yourself writing a great deal in your free time. Even if you are somewhat intimidated by writing, you can learn to do it. Simply register to take some writing courses. You can certainly make this a career. Make a decision to become a Freelance Writer now.

What Kind of Freelance Writer Do You Want to Be?

It is great that you have chosen to expand your horizons to become a Freelance Writer. But now you have some choices to make. You need to decide what type of writing would be best for you. Perhaps you are the kind of person who has ideas all the time and is very imaginative. If so, short stories may be your perfect writing form.

The Short Story Freelance Writer

Are you the type of person whose head is "way up in the clouds?" Maybe you like to spend time dreamily coming up with ideas. Even a short snippet of an idea can become a story when it is properly developed. If you can invent people and places well then you may do very nicely as a short story writer. There are many markets for short story writers.

Mechanics of Writing Short Stories

First, you need an idea. Then you put it in a three or four sentence concept called the story summary. Next, you "flesh it out" to a full outline. The outline should break the story down from beginning to end in a step by step fashion. After that you write your entire first draft. Finally, you revise the story until it is complete.

Marketing the Short Story

In order to sell short stories you must be persistent. The mechanics of the sale are much like other forms of freelance writing. You must write query letters to editors and see if they are interested in your piece. Never stop marketing each week in order to have a constant stream of income. A good idea plus proper execution of a story equals magic for the Freelance Writer.

If you decide to be a Freelance Writer, you may choose to specialize in the short story form. Short story writers are often highly creative people. Master the short story form and be determined to sell the story. Are you convinced to give short story writing a try?

Phillips, Kathleen. How to Write a Story. Franklin Watts. New York, NY. (1995)


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      Old Poolman 17 months ago

      Great information. This is something I have always wanted to do and I needed this little nudge from someone who knows what they are talking about.

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      WillStarr 17 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great suggestions!

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      Old Poolman 17 months ago

      WillStarr - As one of the best writers I know, you don't need a whole lot of suggestions.

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      WillStarr 17 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well thank you, Mike, but I learned long ago that everyone you meet knows something you don't know, so you'd best listen up!

      The fact is, I've learned quite a bit from you.

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      Old Poolman 17 months ago

      Thanks Bill but I can't imagine what you could have learned from me.

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