The ability to write has always been crucial. But lately, it’s become even more crucial than before. Your ability to write effectively will have a big impact on your life, whether it’s for school, work, or business.
You might not yet be a great writer or you might still be trying to make a living as a writer.
In this post, we have 5 secrets to help you become a good writer and build a successful writing career. These are the most important secrets of great writers
Read and Write as much as possible
It’s important to make time to read at least 10 pages every day because reading improves your vocabulary and writing improves your skills. You can read or write about literally anything; from blogs to novels and/or even magazines.
Consider writing as more than just a hobby
Changing how you approach writing is the difference between being a successful writer and a not-so-successful one.
There are 2 types of writers; those who see it as a business and those who see it as a hobby. Those who write as a hobby pay little to no attention to what interests readers. They write mainly for themselves and only when they feel like it, it maybe once a week or a month even. On the other hand, those who consider writing a profession or a career go the extra mile to build and market themselves and their brand. And even more importantly, they pay attention to their readers by trying to understand them and what they want.
Being able to understand your readers makes it easier for you to know their challenges and questions and helps you know how you can solve those challenges and answer those questions.
Keep applying for jobs
Working as a freelancer is great, especially since you are your own boss and can work on your time but getting comfortable with working with just 1 or 2 clients is not advisable. That’s why we advise that freelance writers should constantly apply for new opportunities and projects.
Clients can choose to terminate a contract at any time or may not even have a job for you at that moment and honestly, may not anytime soon. What happens then?
So, to the big question, how to find new clients?
First of all, start by creating a well and professionally put-together portfolio. Your portfolio should be able to tell your potential clients all they need to know about you. It should reflect your skills and competence and should show some past work and experience.
Also ensure you sign up on freelance platforms like Ubuy Services, Fiverr, etc because they help connect professionals such as yourself to customers in search of the kind of service you provide.
Do not stop learning
As a freelancer, you aren’t meant to get comfortable with the skills you have just because it’s earning you some money at the moment. Thanks to technology, the world is evolving by the day, and that includes the art of freelancing if you are unable to move with the trend or meet up with the demands of your customers, you’ll be left behind. So endeavor to make time to learn a new skill every day, week, or even month.
Produce high-quality work
Producing quality work seems obvious enough right? Truth is, not a lot of people get it right. For you to produce and deliver quality work and be a good writer, you have to: 1) Conduct extensive and comprehensive research. 2) Study and understand your target audience.
Your ability to conduct extensive research when writing gives you access to valuable information which in turn builds the credibility of your work over time. And studying and understanding your target audience simply helps you create or develop a piece of writing that is tailored to them; providing them with answers or giving them tips you know would come in handy in the course of their day-to-day activity.
In conclusion, there are more opportunities than ever for writers today. But the reality is that the majority of writers today do not know how to hone or sharpen their skills. If you follow these steps, your writing will be unique and different, and most likely, you’ll be on your way to becoming a successful writer.