Writing online can be many things. It can be fun, costly, make money, time consuming, social, lonely and much more. You get the picture. On the whole it is what you want it to be. For some freelance writers it is a want to share serious opinions and knowledge whilst for others it may be a simple daily blog.
So perhaps getting started freelance writing should initially look at your motivation.
The reason why you want to write online could help you choose the right websites, tools and direction your writing will take.
- Consider why you have decided to write online. It often will be to make a little "pocket money" but that is not always easy. Websites come and go plus with google's constant updates keeping up can be tricky.
- So what knowledge do you have regarding online writing? If the answer is none a product review website such as Ciao or Dooyoo could be a good place to learn. The "pickings" will be small but it is a start. It will help you get the feel of the "pecking order" of such sites. Trust me they exist on line in much the same way as they do in the conventional workplace.
- Do you have your own writing style? For many online writers this comes with time. It is like "finding your voice". You may try and follow particular guidelines but having your own way with words is important.
- What are your strengths and weakness, as far as knowledge goes? Whilst a good writer may be able to write about any subject if you are writing a factual report it will need to be just that. You can research your subject but you must not simply copy another writer's work. Utilising the knowledge you have gained during your life is the best way to begin. In other words write about what you know and understand.
After all who would have thought six years ago she would now have a large portfolio of online writing and her own website to boot? Not her that's for sure. Sharing this knowledge could just help you avoid the pitfalls and potential scams.
Lesson Two to follow.
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