This is a hard letter to write. But I get letters from you every day, ESL writer, and I feel you deserve an answer.
You email me or hit me on Facebook, from Pakistan, or Kenya, or other points around the globe.
You’re not the rare ESL writer who’s impressively fluent, and whom I only learn from in-depth conversation wasn’t born speaking English.
No, you’re a writer who seems to think you’re fluent in English, but you aren’t. Not even close.
Despite your shaky grasp of English, you’ve fixed on the idea that freelance writing for English-speaking clients is the career for you. And you’re writing me because you want me to help you get paid writing gigs.
I’ve been working to spread hope to writers about the opportunities to earn from their craft for 8 years now. But I’m afraid today, I’m the bearer of bad news.
You probably don’t have the skills to earn a living writing in English. And I want you to encourage you to stop banging your head against this brick wall before you starve.