As most of you know, you can ask questions about freelance writing here just by contacting me with Q&A in the subject line. I’ve answered a bunch already and will be happy to take a pass at yours too.
Of course, every writer I know has questions about the craft; it doesn’t matter how long they’ve been writing or how successful they’ve been.
What do successful writers do when they’ve got a question? Here, in rough order, is what I do:
- Email or call a writing friend. I email Lori Widmer or members of my MasterMind Group first. Usually I get the answer this way, but not always, or my question comes up too early in the morning to call them. If they don’t have the answer they can often point me to someone who does. They know I’ll work to answer their questions too.
- Ask individuals in LinkedIn groups or forums. If you follow any writing group at LinkedIn or forum you quickly find out who knows their stuff. You can email them directly with a question and usually receive an answer.
- Get answers via twitter. Use hash tags like #writers or #writetip added to your question. You’ll often get good answers.
- Try a google search. Google blows me away at how well it now handles natural language searches. I wanted to see how often the idea of questions about freelance writing showed up, so I queried: questions about freelance writing Google seems to love questions like this. How to is also productive when you get specific. I recently wanted to find out how to suppress all comments on a blog I do some work for. Asking how to suppress all comments on a wordpress blog got me exactly the info I wanted.
- Refer to Writer’s Market. Although you can do searches on the online site, I seem to have better luck with the table of contents or the index of the book unless I’m looking for a market. Then the online site is more up-to-date.
There really are no silly questions in freelance writing, or in life for a matter of fact. If you’ve got a question the chances are so does someone else – ask and be willing to share your answer. You’ll soon be the one people turn to for answers.
What questions do you have about freelance writing?