Is it possible to get freelance writing jobs with a talent for writing but no degree?
Sarah (in comments)
Freelance writing is one of the few trades left where a degree or special schooling isn’t required. To be sure, parts of the writing industry now offer degrees, like technical writing, but even then, a degree isn’t necessary.
When you think about it that makes sense. A degree simply says you’ve successfully studied a certain body of knowledge, it says nothing about your ability to communicate that knowledge. And that’s what writing is about, communication via (mostly) the written word.
While you need a degree to be a doctor or a lawyer or a teacher or an accountant, none of those degrees, valuable as they may be in their respective industries has much to do with getting words on paper or the screen.
If I were going to suggest a course of study for freelance writers it would be get out and live life. Travel, locally, nationally and internationally. Talk with as many different kinds of people as possible. Take time to study only the things you’re truly interested in, and expect to be learning all your life.
It’s the passion for living that makes a writer I think. So my suggestion is simply to go for it. Submit queries. Apply for gigs. Apply for jobs. You may be delightfully surprised.
BTW, as I intimated in my comment back to you, I don’t have a degree and I don’t regret not having one a bit.
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