After over 15 years as a freelance writer, and many more years writing for a living as a staffer, I’ve concluded that I’m weird.
There are things other people hate that I strangely seem to like.
I’m kind of addicted to taking on seemingly impossible assignments, for instance.
That got me thinking about what it takes to be a freelance writer, personality-wise.
I asked my audience on this blog’s Facebook page, too, and got an earful.
If you’re wondering if you could make it as a freelance writer, consider whether you’ve got these 10 useful personality traits for successful freelancing:
For a while, I had a large client that hired many writers. My contact was an editor who managed the freelance staff. He was an abrupt man who spared no feelings.
At the time, I had only worked directly with clients. I could meet their goals, but my writing lacked force. I over-wrote, dismissed structure, and indulged my narcissism with unnecessary wit. I wasn’t bad, but I had that collegiate write-everything-you-can-think-of mentality.
My first experience working with a professional editor was heart-wrenching. It was a trial by fire: get better to get paid. But those lessons stuck with me and made me a better writer.
Want to improve your writing?
Avoid making the same mistakes as I did, and check out the seven hardest lessons this editor taught me:
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Pleasing editors may seem difficult. But you don’t have to be confused about how to handle these tricky relationships any more.
We’ve got tips for freelance writers who want the inside line on how to become an editor’s favorite, “go-to” writer.
Many editors from consumer, trade, airline, and business magazines have shared their best tips for freelance writers in the Freelance Writers Den’s “Ask an Editor” podcasts.
We combed through the transcripts of these calls to find what makes them say “yes” to pitches. Check out these awesome tips from nine different editors to improve your pitches — and your relationships with editors:
Have you ever wished you could find out what editors really think when they read your pitches and stories?
Now you don’t have to wonder, because eight editors have shared their biggest freelancing pet peeves in the Freelance Writers Den’s semi-regular “Ask An Editor” Den meeting calls.
I’ve boiled down reams of transcripts to bring you the choicest remarks about writer mistakes from a mix of consumer, trade, and company magazine editors. Check out these freelance writing sins and learn how to avoid doing the things editors hate most:
Have you got a question about freelance writing? Something that mystifies you and holds you back from pursuing this career full out, because you don’t want to look stupid?
If so, you’re not alone.
Freelance writing questions flood in every day on my email, on my Facebook page, in my blog comments. I started Freelance Writers Den to create a forum for more easily getting questions answered.
It’s the Den’s 4th anniversary this week (more on that shortly, and the contest we’re running to celebrate!), and over 60,000 forum comments later, the questions keep on coming.
I hate it when writers tell me they’re not taking action, because they don’t know what to do. You can get the info you need fairly easily! Here’s how:
It’s one of the biggest problems in freelance writing.
You send out a query to an editor, or a letter of introduction to a business.
You never hear back. You’re left to wonder what you’re doing wrong.
Or you submit an article, and it gets killed. They give you some vague reason, such as, “Just not a fit for us at this time.”
How can you ever improve?
You’re stuck. But you need to break through and get answers, or you’re not going to get the kind of great-paying gigs you want.
Fortunately, there are several paths out of this dilemma. One is to hire an expensive writing coach and pay thousands for their input.
But there are free ways, too. Here are three: