I’m a subscriber of yours, and have a main question about freelance writing:
What are some of the best ways to “break into” freelance writing, when you don’t have writing experience that can be documented, or any samples of your writing?
I haven’t yet started my writing career (even though I’m 77), but I’ve had an urge to write for money for quite sometime! Well, the time has arrived!! However, since I don’t have any writing samples or experience that can be documented, are there places I can go to online that pay for articles (short or otherwise) that don’t require writing experience?
My husband and I live on one Social Security check (no savings, investments, or other income), and–at least in the beginning–I’d be happy to have a minimal writing income. If you could let me know where I can start submitting some “bare bones” articles, it would be appreciated so much! I’m looking forward to hearing from you, Anne, and I thank you so much.
Look around your community and come up with about three ideas – a new store or restaurant, something with kids, like little league, and maybe something slightly political, like street sweeping or parking rates.
Call the newspaper’s editor and over the phone say you’d like to write these three articles. Keep it very brief and if they are on deadline ask when to call back. Chances are, because you’ve come with three ideas the editor will okay at least one of them or give you something they need covered. Be sure you know how many words they need and the deadline.
Write well and to deadline and you’re likely to get not only your byline, but a small check. Now you’ve got a real credit. You may want to write something once a week or every other week for them.
The next best bet in my mind is these new article services like Triond, Helium and Associated Content. If you take time to promote the articles you write for any of these services as they suggest, you’ll make some money. More importantly, you’ll have additional credits you can use in your writing resume or credit list. I’ve written quite a bit about these sites.The first of the series is called Anne To Try Triond, Helium and Associated Content. The articles may help you figure out where you want to start.
So get busy. And good luck!
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