I walked downstairs into the kitchen of our 90 year old home located on a street called Bell Avenue, and as I was running down the stairs as any true 12 year old would… I heard a strange sound and found my mom clicking away at a typewriter. I was surprised firstly to see this antique looking machine..
I asked her what she was doing… as any 12 year old would and she replied, ‘I’m writing a story’. Well, this just baffled me, and then I was enamored. My mom is a writer?? I was so excited! Soon the sounds of her typewriter became familiar and comforting.
There was a writer within my mother, and now she handed it down to me…genetically? Maybe…
I firmly believe we have an obligation to follow that gravitational pull towards our inner most yearnings when it comes to anything cultural, artistic, spiritual, intellectual or athletic.
Is Your Gravitational Pull Towards Writing?
With so many different methods of writing, and so many variations of literature, it is 100% possible for everyone that wants to be a writer…. to be a writer.
I believe there is something for everyone, and it may take some time to know what you would like to write, or it can just come to you! If you have an inexplicable urge to write something in a journal or notebook, or to pound away at a keyboard, but not sure what words you want to use, then you’re already half way there.
There are so many wonderful ideas that can be turned into your own personal literary masterpiece, all it takes is a little kick-start, a little time and a little confidence.
Take a look around your home, can you think of anything around you that will inspire introspection, or maybe a walk to your local bookstore to roam around and gather ideas. Here are a few ideas that are not fiction:
- How to guides
- Your own photography book
- Modern problems
- Your thoughts on global politics
- A series of poetry, or short stories within the genre of your choice
- Travel Guides
- Career motivational book
The list goes on and on. The opportunities in writing are endless.
Yes… you most likely are! But check out ’10 Truths that Make You a Writer’ and you will see! Not every form of writing requires a university degree, or a diploma from a well renowned school of journalism. Of course the credentials are beneficial in scientific writing, or news journalism however, remember that both knowledge and experience will also come with time and dedication.
Freelance Writing Sites
I am an avid Pinterest fan (feel free to look me up), and it was this site that actually resonated with me and the ease in which we can actually work from home, or to work independently for yourself. Pinterest is absolutely laden with information on how and where to look for ideas on freelance writing, and I would love to share with you some of the sites I have used that you may find inspiring!
Here you will find individuals looking for freelance writers for various sites from travel to lifestyle and everything in between. The creators of this site also have a book, and I honestly can’t say enough about their book Problogger – Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income written by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett on all their inside secrets and knowledge of the blogging world. Purchasing this book was one of my first steps towards freelance writing and building my blogs.
This is another site in which you can find freelance job ads. It’s free to join and you will be asked to create a profile. Once this is complete you will be able to apply for jobs just as you would on Craigslist. I’ve received many paid assignments on this site, however be mindful of scammers looking to have you write for them via skype and not pay. It’s best to only apply for work that is directly paid for on this site.
Bamidele has fantastic information on pretty much a million and one sites that pay freelance writers! Definitely check in with his site ‘Writers In Charge’ and don’t be shy to sign up for his site of 110 sites that pay! You definitely will not be disappointed..
This is another site that is seriously full of inspiration and excellent tips on getting into the writing business. She also has courses that would be worth looking into! Carol was definitely an inspiration for me.
Becoming a freelance writer is possible for anyone that wants to put in the effort and time to make it happen… buy Darren Rowse’s book ‘ProBlogger’, build a website, post some fantastic blogs, use those blogs as samples to forward onto potential clients…. and you are then well on your way!
I’m excited everyday to be a part of this world, and I’m excited for you to get started as well! Please feel free to contact me with any questions via the comment form and let me know how it goes, I would love to hear about your progress and / or aspirations.
And most importantly…. HAVE FUN!