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How to Become a Freelance Writer

If you have a knack for telling stories, you may want to consider a freelance writing career. Here are some tips to get you started.


  • Step 1: Write often Write as much and as often as you can. Take writing-intensive courses in journalism and English in college.
  • TIP: If your major is in a non-writing-intensive field, consider gaining additional writing experience by taking writing courses or a job as a copywriter or editor in a field related to your major after you graduate.
  • Step 2: Contact publishers Contact print and online magazine publishers about freelance opportunities. Libraries usually have books that list publishers' addresses.
  • TIP: You will have the most success pitching ideas about subjects that you have some familiarity with.
  • Step 3: Meet publishing professionals Get to know publishing professionals in your field of interest by attending conferences and conventions.
  • Step 4: Network Network with other freelancers. Other writers may come across opportunities more suited to you and pass your information along to their editors.
  • Step 5: Check online job boards Check online job boards for writing opportunities. Job boards frequently list opportunities for paid columnists, bloggers, and web-content creators.
  • FACT: The first patent for a typewriter was filed in the early 1700s, but the first practical typewriter wasn't marketed until the 1870s.

You Will Need

  • List of magazine publishers
  • Publishing professional contacts
  • Conferences and conventions
  • Networking skills
  • Online job boards
  • Writing courses (optional)
  • Entry-level writing or editing jobs (optional)

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