In this article, we’re going to look at 4 fast methods of ways of starting your career as a freelance writer. These are: Write for Free, Write Book Reviews, Write Profiles and Look for Editing Jobs.
Writing for free is a great way of getting started and is a method I’ve used many times in the past. It might even lead to a job with that publication. Once you get a feeling for writing, and more importantly, working within the style guides of different magazines, you can move on from there.
When I began writing, I had many options. My decision was to specialize. I chose to stick with photography and computer graphics software. Both of these can be highly technical areas and if you write for these publications, you’ll be expected to do in-depth research. I started with reviews (which can be really time-consuming). Later on, I progressed to “how-to” articles, which were much easier (and enjoyable) to write.
The 2nd method is to write book reviews. This is an easy way of getting your writing career going and will give you referral material for other jobs. When you’re in the early phases of writing, getting credibility is very important. This will increase your value in the eyes of editors. When writing a review, create a strong opening paragraph. When writing the review, let the reader know what the book is about without giving away the story.
The 3rd method is to write profiles. This is one of my favorite forms of writing and is a great writers market. You get to interview a person and tell their story. It’s also an easy way of writing, if you do it correctly. I had one writing gig (Streaming Media World) and the vast majority of my work was interviewing people. Over time, I became quite good at it and could create articles quickly. Most of the time I recorded telephone interviews,which I’d transcribe and edit later. If I had enough lead time, I’d do an email interview, which made life easier.
I’ve saved the best for last. The 4th method is to look for editing jobs. If you have good writing skills, consider looking for work as an editor. Here are some compelling reasons why: The pay is better, the hours are generally better, you don’t have to write everything from scratch and you get to learn a new skill and improve your writing.