I hear a lot of excuses from would-be freelance writers these days. It seems there are a LOT of reasons not to get started as writer.
Well, not writing does NOT make you a freelance writer. So, here are three of those excuses holding back would-be writers and my answer to each of them.
I’m Too Busy to Write
It may surprise you to know that I’m busy too. So is nearly every successful freelance writer that I know.
Being busy is no excuse for not getting as a writer. If you really want to become a freelance writer, just do it. Set aside a specific amount of time and use that time for writing and nothing else. Make a commitment to yourself and keep it.
I Can’t Think of Anything to Write
Where have you been? Seriously.
There are tons of things to write about. In fact, most of us are flooded with too much information–more than we could ever properly process.
However, if you really are having trouble finding some topics to write about try doing some reading. Find a book or a blog post that really interests you. Then, either expand upon it (add points the original author didn’t think of) or refute it. (Be sure to refer to the original author’s work.)
When I hear a writer (including myself) use this excuse, I often think what they really mean is “I don’t feel much like writing just now.”
Guess what? Most successful freelance writers write even when they don’t really feel like writing.
There Are No Writing Jobs Out There
There’s no gentle way to put this, so I’m just going to say it.
“Yes, there are so writing jobs out there.” Every month I pull in a decent chunk of change from writing jobs. So do a number of other freelance writers that I know.
However, you will have to work very hard to find those writing jobs. At first, it may take you hours each day. You may have to apply for ten writing projects to be awarded one. This is all just a normal part of freelance writing.
Make Up Your Mind
Freelance writing is not a get-rich quick scheme. You can earn good money as a freelance writer, but you will have to work for that money.
So, the question really is this: do you want to be a freelance writer, or not? What’s holding you back from getting started as a freelance writer?