When I started writing, I was hired by publishing companies that would assign various articles and request 500-1,500 words on a plethora of different topics.
I’ve written articles about water filters, dry cleaning, furniture stores, and mold.
I’ve written articles about alternative medicine for foot fungus (yuck) and the effects of marijuana on pregnant women.
It’s total grunt work.
Coming up with 500-1,500 words on something as basic as water filters or as disgusting as fungus can be torture. I don’t personally believe in alternative medicine and I’m pretty judgy towards recreational drug use while pregnant.
“I learned how to keep my personal opinions out of my writing.”
Luckily, these were all ghostwriting projects and my name will not be associated with any of the articles. The plus side to writing these kinds of articles is, I did learn a lot and I was able to gain confidence in my writing. I was able to exercise my researching abilities and I learned how to keep my personal opinions out of my writing. I learned to adapt to the style and needs of the client, which is so important if you plan on making money writing for others.
A personal blog is not always as lucrative as hired freelancing so knowing how to separate your personal opinions from assigned topics offers the opportunity to make an actual career out of writing.
If you want to be successful as a freelance writer, you must be able to learn the tone and intended message of your client.
This doesn’t mean I take on every job I’m offered.
It’s ok to have limits, but you do want to be a little bit flexible. Some things I am just completely, morally against, so I will decline those projects but there are many things I can speak about objectively.
It’s important to remember you’re being hired for your writing style and your ability to write in a way that keeps people engaged; you’re not being hired to judge your clients material.
If you can’t stay objective or produce the kind of article or post they’re looking for; save yourself from the bad review and politely turn down the job.
At the beginning of any career, you start at the bottom and work your way up by proving yourself; writing is no different.
In order to gain confidence, experience, and references, you will most likely have to write articles on things you know nothing about. You may find the topics silly or the client’s business ridiculous, that’s ok. If you can be objective, adapt to their tone and relay their message professionally, it will help you in the long run.
I don’t own the rights to any of my prior ghostwriting (thank goodness, honestly) but I learned a lot about using the internet for research, I learned about valuing my work and I gained so much confidence with the feedback I was given.
I was paid very little, but it was enough to purchase my own domain and start my website.
Starting out can be intimidating, taking on projects you’re not excited about can suck, but I promise, it will lead to bigger and better things.
If you’re standing on the precipice of your writing career, thinking you may be ready to take the leap, I urge you to go for it! I will provide you with as much advice and resources as I can, contact me, follow my blog, I will point you in the direction of success. I know you can do it.
via: The Daily Post