Beginning a Writing Career

Anything you read about having a successful freelance career will tell you to treat it like a business, keep your focus, time is money, etc. But how do you actually get started? What are the first steps? And how do you restructure your life so that your new career fits in comfortably?

When I got the idea to write an article on how to get started in freelancing, I was eager to begin. So thrilled, in fact, that I promptly went to my desk, turned on my computer, and went right to work -- reading The Onion.

We all know what a big time waster surfing the Internet can be. But did you think about all the other distractions in your life that are keeping you from having a prolific and successful writing career? With a little preparation and dedication to your craft, you, too, can find your name on a byline - the next time you do a “Google” search on yourself.

Here, step by step, are the things you need to do beginning right now, to start your career as a freelance writer. Do all of them, and I promise you your work will be published somewhere by this time next year. (And you can email me if it isn’t - really).



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