How to Become a Freelance Writer : How to Branch Out as a Freelance Writer


REBECCA SATO: Hi. I’m Rebecca with ExpertVillage.com,
and we’ve been talking about how to take your career to the next level and how to make sure
that you’re getting the pay you deserve and doing the things that you want to do. Another
important thing to consider with that is branching out into fields, of course, and different
types of writing. And some people are intimidated with that because they feel like they have
to have a degree. For example, if they’re going to write about a topic that has to do
with biology, they have to be a biologist. Or if they’re going to write about space travel
then they had better be an astronaut. Well, of course, that’s not true. A writer’s job
is to write about things and they use their imagination. And even more importantly, a
writer’s job is to research. Of course, even for fiction, you have to do research because
people aren’t going to enjoy reading your books if they don’t have that touch of realism.
So you want to make sure that you know what your best friend is, and your best friend
is research. It can make you an instant expert in any field. And you’d be surprised at how
many writers who will write–people reading it would think that they must have a doctorate
in the subject because it’s so detailed and it’s so good and it’s so accurate. But that’s
not necessarily true. They might not even have a degree in anything. They might not
have gone to college, but they know how to research. So regardless of what your background
is, just realize that if you know how to research then you can become an instant expert. And
a lot of knowing how to research is just having the desire to do the research in the first
place instead of just trying to wing it. I mean, if you’re writing about a certain topic
then make sure you go online or to the library or whatever you’re comfortable with and read
everything you can about it. I mean, obviously, you want to keep it proportionate with the
size of the project and what you’re being paid because, of course, if it’s a $20 article,
you don’t want to spend 20 hours researching it. That’s not an effective use of your time.
But within reason, you want to know as you can about it, and by borrowing from the knowledge,
not plagiarizing, mind you, but using the knowledge that you get through your research
that you are able to write a convincing copy that–basically you become an instant expert.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s your job. Some writers want to specialize,
but a lot of writers don’t want to specialize, especially in freelance. You want to be able
to have a good sample base from a lot of different fields, a lot of industries, a lot of different
writing styles, and they don’t want to be pigeonholed. And so I think it’s actually
a good idea to try and do a little bit from as many different fields and industries and
styles as you can because then you kinda market yourself for a lot more jobs than you could
otherwise.

6 thoughts on “How to Become a Freelance Writer : How to Branch Out as a Freelance Writer

  1. If you can write at a 9th grade level, you could easily earn a full time income writing online. Companies are desperately looking for entry level writers. If you want to start earning money writing at home, this may be the most important page on the Internet you'll read all year. visit productsupplycenterXcom/web333070/ replace X with a dot

  2. No offense, but most of the info in these vids is vague and unhelpful.   For example, why don't you show an actual piece you wrote and the sources you researched?  That would be far more interesting and helpful than just saying "research is important" for 3 minutes.

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