I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Not necessarily because I feel like I need to get paid to do it, but it would be great to get to spend more of my time doing what I love most. It’s a great way to get much of the weighty thoughts that bounce around in my head out in a creative and hopefully stirring way. I once heard Erwin McManus say that he who tells the best stories shapes the culture. Writing has a way of influencing and ultimately giving people hope. Maybe you’re like me and you want to write not only to stir people, but make a living at it as well. STARTING YOUR CAREER AS A FREELANCE WRITER by Moira Allen is a book that is proving to be very helpful as I learn more about what it takes to write and make a living from it.
Allen uncovers clearly and concisely what it looks like to be a freelance writer, giving encouragement and real-world practical steps to take to along the way. Some of the practical tips include finding time to write, setting achievable goals, finding ideas and shaping those ideas into a well-though-out article, and how to pursue publication.
There are some really helpful chapters on doing research, conducting interviews, exploring markets, and writing query letters. Online writing was also discussed, which is what I was most familiar with. Copywriting is one of the most prolific ways for a freelance writer to generate income, so I really appreciated the section on copywriting.
When it comes to breaking into freelance writing, STARTING YOUR CAREER AS A FREELANCE WRITER is an extremely helpful and thorough guide on how to go about it. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in making a living as a writer.
I received this book for free for review from Allworth Press