Once the learning potential of freelance writers becomes apparent, many people will ask themselves, "How do I become a freelance writer?" The process can be as hard or as easy as you want to make it. Like any process, you have to have a reasonable idea of what the final product is and the ingredients or steps along the way to achieving it.
If you give some thought to how many different types of writers there are, you will see that you have discovered the first step along the way to becoming one.
What sort of writer can you be?
This is probably the most crucial question that you will ask yourself. Answer that question wrong and everything you attempt in order to achieve your aim will be wasted.
So, how many types of writers are there? Even a cursory glance will expose quite a list – reporters, poets, story tellers, reviewers, advertising copy writers, article writers, to mention a few. The secret is to look at your own writing style and the work that you have already produced and compare it with what has been published by other writers.
Have you reported on local events? Many people have their own blogs nowdays and do write such reports. Do you? Do you belong to a local poetry circle and see your own work enthusiastically received? Do you think that your work compares favorably with that of your peers?
Whatever sort of writer you want to be, you must already have produced an amount of work that would justify your choice. There is no point at all, for example, in setting out to be a poet if you have never written a poem before and let someone else judge it. You may think that you are the best poet in the world but if nobody else who sees your work agreements with you. You see the point?
Once you are confident that you are the type of writer that you want to be you should get together some samples of your work and assemble a small portfolio. With the advent of the internet it is now fairly easy to submit your portfolio to a wide selection of potential hirers of freelance writers – the problem is getting them to read it!
The very first step in trying to ensure that your portfolio will be looked at is to make sure you know who to send it to. It is not too difficult to discover the person's name and email address, after all, it is part their job to discover new writers to keep the publication fresh and interesting.
Once you know who to send it to, you need to compose a simple message that will introduce yourself in as few words as possible and ask them to look at your work on the understanding that you would like to be considered as a future freelance contributor.
If your work is to a reasonable standard and relevant to the content that is normally included in the publication, you will be considered and probably invited for an interview and, possibly, a trial period.
Although you will only be paid for your work that is published, a trial period will not only confirm your position, if successful, but will also confirm that you have made the right choice.