Who knew? I got this question via FaceBook – surprised I even found it.
I have been following your blogs when possible and receiving your newsletter, and thoroughly enjoy them.
I am at the beginning stages of my writing career, and am looking for advice from those who are achieving their goals. If you have time, I have a few questions.
- How did you achieve this goal?
- How long did it take, and what was the result?
- What were the key difficulties you faced in achieving this goal, and how did you overcome them?
- What key tips do you have for me?
Thank you for your time.
BL – via facebookHi BL
This is sort of what I call a how long is a piece of string question. I’m guessing you’re asking about learning how to make a decent living writing. While I now work with goals I certainly didn’t back when, according to the family story, I started talking about wanting to be a writer in the 6th grade.
No, I don’t mean that I’ve been consciously working at being a freelance writer that long – I started to get serious about it in my early 30s, when I started actually writing and submitting articles to magazines, getting, at first rejected, and continuing to write until I got some acceptances.
I also worked inside, first as a technical writer, then as a magazine writer and finally as an editor to a couple of magazines and a couple of small newspapers.
In other words, my life as a writer has been anything but a straight line. I’ve had successes, failures and everything in between. What has stayed constant has been my determination to earn my living writing.
I’ve achieved my success really with the three keys I always talk about:
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I might expand this a bit, but not much by suggesting your first pick one or two ideas you want to write in or about. Then search out potential markets – two or three of them is all you need.
Then you write. You do the best to get published by the markets you’ve chosen.
That means writing and rewriting.
And once you’ve got the piece reasonably polished you send it off – you market it.
I know this sounds simplistic, but truly it’s the only way I know. Write, rewrite, market over and over again.
Even when my goals change and evolve, it always boils down to this.
Some way, some how you’ve got to get started writing, then rewriting and finally marketing.
It really is that simple – not easy, but simple.
What are your secrets to successful freelance writing?