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Research on how to pitch- the right way, learn about your potential clients, ensure that you have the right email address and if you can, try to find out who is at the other end, their role in the institution and finally remember to be brief.
To start out as a freelance writer, picking what you want to write about is an obvious first step but this does not necessarily mean you should have a niche pinned down immediately.If you do have a niche especially one you are enthusiastic about, it would save you spending a lot of time on research. Alternatively, you could explore different fields of writing and find what works for you. You can then start toning down gradually, so feel free to combine multiple niches if you like.
Asides from visiting websites where jobs are listed, as a freelance writer you have a lot to gain by reaching out to other websites owners and writers. The more people you know, the more jobs you learn about, you’ll also get first-hand information and industry secrets.
For your next step, you need to have samples of your work ready –a portfolio- to show your potential clients that you really do write and you do it well. Many writers prefer to use a blog as a portfolio; but you can also seek out portfolio sites like clippings and contently or guest posting
In other to be a successful writer, you have to be a good one you don’t have to be the best but you must be willing to constantly improve your skills and practice whether you are getting paid or not.
Here I will provide brief explanations on some of the various forms so you can understand what each one is and some of their requirements.
There are several reasons why people consider unpaid freelance work. Those new to freelancing may think that they need to build up experience and a portfolio. Even seasoned freelancers sometimes consider doing unpaid work in the hopes of breaking into a niche area.
However, some "test assignments" are borderline scams. It's usually exploitative to expect someone to work for free.
1. Actually write
2. Watch out for repetition (and annihilate it)
3. Weed out clichés
4. Aim for clean, filler-free prose
5. Read... a lot! In a wide range of genre
6. Read again, with a pencil in hand
7. Choose personal over formulaic
8. Experiment to keep your style fresh
9. Sharpen your opening and ending
10. Never forget the big picture
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