I am just starting out as a freelance writer. I know that in order to write you just have to start writing and often it is with no particular subject in mind. At the risk of sounding ignorant, I’d like to know if most freelance writers start a new document every day, use paper journals or some type of “writing specific” software. Can you enlighten me?
Thanks for writing, RB.
First of all, most freelancers make a distinction between journaling or writing practice, which often is just to start writing “with no particular subject in mind” as you said, and the writing we hope will bring us money.
Articles, books and stories you want to sell need a subject or a topic. In fact, the better we understand the purpose of a particular piece we’re writing, the better the writing is likely to be. Both kinds of writing are useful, but they are, for the most part, different.
I don’t know for sure, but I would guess easily 90% of the freelance writers in the world don’t use any special writing software. We just open a file, usually Word™ and begin. There are software packages out there that claim to make a writer’s job easier. I have one for novel writing. I haven’t found it particularly useful, but maybe I haven’t given it a fair trail.
There is also software to help screenwriters. I don’t know much about it since I don’t write for movies, TV or stage, but I suspect it handles the formatting required for scripts.
And yes, there are still some writers using paper and pen as a way to start, and others who are still working with real typewriters.
In other words, we find a way to get words on paper; the exact method doesn’t matter nearly as much as getting the writing done.
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