A few weeks ago, I had a really important meeting, and I left my yellow pad at work. I was frantic, and I ended up finding my comp notebook from my sophomore year of college in my car with a box of books I was planning to donate. I was required to write in the notebook for comp class, and it ended up chronicling my battle with cancer. After reading through it, I felt so passionate to write. Not just on my blog, but to do exercises, journal my thoughts, etc. I recently had this really overwhelming experience where I felt God speak to me and give me inspiration for a writing project. It was so beautiful, and I can’t wait to share more about that with y’all.
In the meantime, I’m continuing to hone my writing skills here on the blog and through freelance writing pieces. I learned a lot through my first piece, and I hope that y’all will take a second, check it out, and comment on it if you feel inclined!
My first freelance writing experience was definitely a learning experience, so I’ve compiled a list of five tips that you may find helpful when working on your first piece.
Really read the guidelines. Is there a word count? Are there specifications on photo sizes? Read through the guidelines, chart them out, and then review them again when your piece is finished. And if you have questions, ask them!
Create a calendar. It’s amazing how things will creep up on you! Looking back, I wish I would have created a more defined schedule of what I was going to do on each day. Be realistic with your scheduling, and also realize that things happen, so cutting it close or leaving a huge chunk or work to be done the day of the deadline is dangerous. When I was working on my piece, it was that weird week where I came down with a cold, stomach bug, and allergic reaction. Get started early. You’ll thank yourself later!
Do your research. My piece was on vlogs, and while I watch vlogs, I knew that I really needed to watch a lot more of them before I was “qualified” to write my piece. What made the vlogs I was watching appealing? So I did my research and watched a ton of them. (And it was the most fun research I’ve ever done!)
Don’t be afraid to “warm up.” One thing I loved about my comp class was that we did warm ups. I could go into class with major writers block, but then we would be given a topic to write thoughts on or an exercise to do, and I would leave class feeling so inspired and thankful that I didn’t have any other classes that day so that I could just go pour into my notebook about things I actually wanted to write about!
Source appropriately. As bloggers, we should always do this. If you want to use a photo from someone else’s blog, check out what their guidelines are. Or utilize sites like these that provide gorgeous photos that you can use without breaking copyright or licensing laws. Avoid using Pinterest as the source.
Do you have any tips for beginning freelance writers?
Happy Monday, y’all!