If you’ve managed to get your freelance writing career off the ground, then you’re already a decent writer. After all, business and blog owners aren’t going to pay good money for content if they doubt a freelancer’s skills.
Still, even though you have a way with words, you should always be looking for ways to improve. Every freelance writer can improve their operation in some way. Here are a few tactics for actively doing it…
1. Get out of your comfort zone
Ideally, we all want to be working towards a point where we’re writing on subjects that we have an interest or even a passion in. However, you can help yourself become a better all-round writer by making a point to step out of your comfort zone. This will broaden your vocabulary, open your eyes to new paces, formats and phrasing, and make your portfolio attractive to a wider range of clients.
By pushing yourself in this way, you’ll also learn to drop perfectionism, which can be a major obstacle for any creative professional. Don’t be afraid to take something on that throws you out of your depth. If you usually pitch to health and beauty companies, reach out to a company dealing in digital irrigation flow meters. If you usually write about tech, try pitching to a small fashion label. However you do it, try to stray out of your niche every now and then!
2. Spend more time researching
When doing your research, if you scroll a little further down a page of Google search results, or make several searches to pin down different angles, your writing will improve massively. Far too many freelance writers spend a matter of seconds looking up information before they actually get to work on their piece. Spend more time searching for accredited, legitimate articles that you can draw your information from. That’s how you’ll do a lot for the overall quality of your writing.
It doesn’t matter if it’s obnoxious, subjective blog posts or academic articles from prestigious universities. The more you broaden your horizons when you’re doing research, the more perspectives you’ll be able to draw from. This will help you come up with unique angles on assignments, and stand out from other freelancers.
3. Listen to feedback
We creatives are a sensitive bunch, but remember that criticism is a good thing, and something you’re certain to receive when you’re sending work to an editor or blogger. However, you’ll only benefit from it if you actually listen to it! Sure, the feedback won’t always be correct, and in many instances, it will simply be down to the editor or blogger’s personal preference.
There are going to be instances where it can be a good thing to stick to your guns and trust your instincts, but don’t wave away every bit of criticism you get. Whenever feedback is offered, read it, understand it, and make a note of it for the next job. Remember, it’s nothing personal, it’s strictly business.
Do you have any good tips for freelance writers?