Since none of us were born knowing how to run a freelance writing business it only makes since to learn and actually use the 6 Baby Steps to Successful Freelance Writing. Although you will find many things you can add to these steps, if you don’t get these done your writing career simply can’t take off.
The 6 Baby Steps to Successful Freelance Writing
1 – Make a practice of writing
It may seem obvious, but for many it’s not. To succeed in writing you’ve simply got to write, and write, and write. This usually means daily, or at least mostly daily. Eventually you’ll get to the place where you can trust yourself to keep writing even if you take some time off. That’s not true in the beginning.
2 – Make rewriting and editing a practice
Rewriting and editing, including proofreading, are where the real magic in writing usually happens. Rough drafts are perhaps more exciting to actually write, but they are indeed rough. They need polishing and honing to make sure the reader will truly get what you are offering. That’s what rewriting, editing and proofing are all about.
3 – Figure out a market
If you want to make money as a freelance writer you’ve got to figure out who wants to buy what you write. That’s what marketing your writing is all about. Let go of the idea that you’re creative which means it’s okay to hate marketing. Don’t. Marketing is a learnable skill and you can also learn to like it. You’re marketing will be more effective and you’ll be much more likely to actually do it if you figure out a way to make it something other than awful.
4 – Polish your writing for a specific publication in that market
It’s rare that you can approach a new market with a piece of writing that doesn’t have some editing or polishing for just that market. So adapt what you’ve already written or write something new just for them.
5 – Submit
Once it’s polished, submit it! Believe me, there are lots of would-be writers who never get around to submitting. You don’t have to tall into that trap by trying for some sort of perfection that doesn’t exist. Submit it – the absolute worst that can happen is they won’t buy it. But they might. I find it’s worth the risk.
6 – Rinse and repeat
You’ll use 6 baby steps to successful freelance writing over and over again. With persistence and a modicum of talent one day you’ll realize you’re not taking baby steps any longer, but striding along with your writing in humility and confidence.
If you’ve got questions about the 6 Baby Steps to Successful Freelance Writing ask them in comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Write well and often,