How to Start A Successful Writing Career by Lisa Wheatly
Ask ten people whether they’d like to work on their own or have a full-time job, where bosses govern half of their day, and the requirements of the jobs are absolutely annoying. I’m talking about following a robot schedule: 9 to 5, each…and…every…day. Well, I guess that maybe 8 out of 10 would choose the first option, as it’s a much more convenient lifestyle choice.
Choosing a field that doesn’t necessarily require a college diploma or a field in which you can become a master just by using your self-made skills, well, that’s a smart decision. Writing, as a good example, is one of the most useful skills that we develop throughout our lives. In addition, professional writing is the most needed skill in today’s digital marketplace.
Most of the today’s online promotion strategies include an important element: content. If you’re a writer that can deliver valuable content, you’ll never have to work for a boss again! Everyone can write, but not everyone can make a living out of it. If you truly want to make writing something more than a hobby, I can assure you that it is truly possible.
Let’s talk about the most important skills that you must develop in order to even consider starting a writing career:
- Grammar and Spelling
An efficient writer that monetizes his skills must have impeccable writing. When webmasters, blog owners, or certain magazines pay you good bucks for the content that you create for them, it’s obvious that they have a lot of readers. If the content grammar and spelling are crappy, their readers won’t be really happy, and neither the webmasters!
- Interesting and Unique Writing Style
Every writer has his own tone and style. Some writers are more aggressive, while some like to nurture the reader and use a milder approach. According to who you’re writing for, you must create a unique writing style and address your type of readers accordingly.
- Communication Skills
These skills will be definitely helpful for maintaining a healthy relationship with your clients. It’s often advised to constantly keep in touch with your employers or prospects. Start improving your social and communication skills and always be professional.
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In case you’re motivated and you’re eager to set your feet in the water, we have prepared some good strategies that should help you progressively develop your future writing career:
- Start Fixing Your Biggest Gaps
Each and every person that has writing skills will also have certain gaps. For example, a writer that’s very good at organizing sentences or maybe is great at keeping the reader attentive may have grammar issues and spelling issues. Some writers have the problem with the time they spend writing.
Find your biggest skill gaps and start fixing them before attempting to start a professional career out of this. You can easily find resources that can explain how to get better at X or Y skill.
- Develop a Habit of Writing Every Day
Practice, practice, practice. If you follow this mindset, you are going to improve your skills big time! When people personally ask me how I started… I simply tell them that I began writing each day. Besides that, I’d also suggest finding a few authors and following them closely.
Read their articles with a critical eye. Don’t focus on the information; watch their style, see how they place words in their sentences and learn from them. Then, try to retain a little bit from each of them, and apply all the insights to your own style.
- Specialize and Niche Down Your Activity
Like in life, you have to choose a field of activity and specialize as much as you can. There are all types of writers nowadays: business writers, essay writers, magazine writers, technical writers, creative writers, and so on. Try to test more niches and see which one fits you best.
When you decide what type of writer you want to become, you’ll obviously guide your actions accordingly. You’ll learn all the necessary words in that specific field, and you’re most likely to come up with better performances.
- Start the Job Hunting Process
When your preparation is over, it’s time to start looking for jobs. Depending on what you chose to do: freelancing, ghostwriting, book writing, poem writing, or whatever you have chosen, you’ll have to find people that will need your services. There are many environments in which you can find writing opportunities.
You should check freelancing platforms such as Upwork or Freelancer, you can also use Craigslist or Fiverr, and you can basically search on Google for “writing services” or “writing jobs”. You can then contact certain content writing companies such as TopAussieWriters and apply for a writer position.
- Test, Feedback, Optimization, and Scaling
Like in business and marketing, everything’s a trial and error process. You’ll have to test many things in order to see which activities and writing jobs suit you best. Even if you have failed attempts, you should take them as a constructive feedback that will allow you to avoid future mistakes.
After analyzing the results, start creating better optimization strategies. The moment you find something that works great for you, the moment you should start optimizing that activity. Scale the number of hours that you work, scale the efficiency, the focus, and so on. I think you got my point.
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A successful writing career doesn’t come easy. There are a lot of obstacles and setbacks along the way. It’s a learning process, in which if one commits, it’ll benefit him forever. When you reach a certain professional status, when you have a ton of experience and skill in a certain field, you’ll always be able to sustain yourself from it.
The internet’s not going anywhere, and neither is the content. We’ll always read words and consume information through text. Therefore, there’s always going to be a demand for your skills, and you can leverage it as you please. Good luck!