Have you noticed a sense of negativity toward new freelance writers from established writers and editors? I’ve seen it again and again. On blogs and networking sites, some writers are downright prickly, not to mention discouraging.
Here’s an example from a freelance writing discussion board. A new writer introduced himself as a newbie writer and asked the group for advice on how to start a freelancing career. The response from writers in the group? Don’t.
You will find lots of people who will tell you not to bother pursuing writing as a career if you’re just starting out – they will cite competition from out-of-work journalists, the poor economy, the dying field of journalism, content mills that pay pennies for an article. But the truth is, now is the perfect time to pursue writing – the Internet provides boundless opportunities for writers.
Think of all the people in the world who have access to the Internet. There are billions of web pages, and thousands more are added every day. Think of all the companies who have a web presence, and all the small businesses that don’t have a web presence but need one. All of these companies need high quality content to continually engage readers and drive traffic back to their sites.
If you want to get paid for writing, opportunities are out there. You just need to go out and get them. I’ll be writing more on this site about concrete steps for landing work, but I suspect many of you may already know how. There is no secret for finding work, despite what some writing sites claim. The only trick is to just start trying, and to keep trying. And most importantly, don’t give up.
If you love to write and you want to make a living with your writing, you owe it to yourself to try. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.