One of the highly revered and hard-working job online is freelance writing. You need patience for a highly successful freelance writing career.
As there are so many people involved in this job so you need to plan out a few things. Freelance writing is not just writing what offered to you but perfect content and marketing strategy is also important.
Top 10 tips for a successful freelance writing career
I have tried my best to come up with best of best tips that are easy, long-lasting and which doesn’t require any hard work besides your own writing.
Take a time out weekly or daily to try these tips if you want. And tell me what I am missing.
1. Write 1000 words and more in a day easily
Year back I couldn’t even write 100 words a day but now I top 1000 words a day.
When you write daily you will realise how easy it is to write. Words will collaborate in our brain to construct beautiful sentence automatically when you practice daily.
As you start to write that much consistently there will be drastic change in your writing. You will see the difference yourself.
Try out different thing like start few different blogs on different niche.
2. Using alternative words for regular words
This is very important. Articles feels robotic when you overuse the words again and again.
If you keep bombarding readers with same words again and again then your article would become a piece of crap.
List out the words which you think you overuse. Then find best in use alternate words on internet and start using them slowly.
Don’t use them all in once. Don’t show off them in every sentence. Keep it simple!!
3. Researching the topic before writing
Researching helps to complete the writing as soon as possible.
If you start writing without researching or knowing then it would take lot’s of your time because you can’t come up with words and how to end the finish the middle and end part.
While researching you meet any useful links, articles, case studies which you can mention in your own articles. And who knows you can even get many content creation ideas for next writing projects.
Reading more and more about the topic before writing and implementing it in useful way for readers will sound your article authoritative.
4. Including personal experiences
This is proven method of writing to connect with readers.
When you include personal moments in post related to the topic then your readers feel originality in your writing. It shows your expertise in the topic.
If you write every piece of article like science paper then you should forget about your freelance writing career and move on to next one.
People loves personal touch in articles. This adds seriousness in the article and makes you look like a professional writer.
Adding personal experiences helps you ride on reader’s imagination.
5. Using imaginary examples or circumstances
John stared writing daily. First he was only able to write 50 words a day then 100, 500 and now 1000.
Then he fell in love. He procrastinated writing for many days. Sadly they broke up. He is again at the same point with depressed mindset.
No enthusiasm to do anything.
But he divided to use his personal experiences into his writing.
First 50 words then 100, 500 and now 1000.
He felt good.
This is how you can create imaginary circumstances into writing make it funny, sad, or whatever approach you are aiming.
6. Blending trending news topics into your piece of writing
People love that little offbeat references of hottest trending new in the article. For example if any movie or celebrity is making news then you should reference them in a funny and sarcastic way if the topic allows you to.
Keep an eye on whats trending on Facebook, Twitter and especially Quora.
7. Keeping readers glued by writing engaging content
What is engaging content ?
One where readers doesn’t scroll down quickly to finish the article. To engage your audience include high quality images, video, popular quotes, infographics in the article.
Use Unsplash and other free image offering websites for high quality images like above. Oh. I forgot. GIF’s. Use them too. Almost every other article on internet include at least one GIF.
You can also include polls or any other interactive sections if necessary.
8. Marketing your writing skills
No matter how much hard work you put in your freelance writing career if you don’t market yourself and your skills then it all goes in vain.
Market your writing skills at every online activity you partake in. Whether it’s your social media profiles like Instagram and Quora bio. Promote yourself in smart way.
9. Always read books
Great writers always find time to read. Be it novels, biographies, science fiction, etc. By reading more and more you can the get idea to write with ease.
It helps to write faster as you are already making up words and sentences in you mind while writing.
These books would come handy in shaping your freelance writing career. You can mention such books in your writing piece. Or share any inspirational quotes and story within them in your writing.
10. Change writing style when needed
You need to adapt to different writing styles for different content. Your article shouldn’t feel like they are made in the same factory with the same mould on the same conveyor belt.
You need to ensure that every article of yours should come out as a unique masterpiece. After completing any project review it multiple times and add some other element to make it more and more artistic.
As you can see these are simple and effective tips which will establish you as an expert in freelance writing if you dedicate time.
These are not overnight successful tips. Apart from writing invest your time in these tips every day to see the effects.
Are there any other tips I am ignoring ?