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Learn From the Pros

June 28, 2012

The best way to learn how to be a freelance writer is to learn from those that are already doing it.  Find someone that is successful and read their blogs, follow them on Twitter, and read their stories.  Learn from their mistakes so you don’t have to make them yourself.

How to Find a Writer to Follow

Not all writers want to have “students”, but many enjoy providing their knowledge for others’ benefit.  Do a search on the internet or more specifically on Twitter for the kind of writer you want to learn from.  For instance, if you hope to become a romance novelist, put that in your search.  Browse through the list that comes up and look at their profile or website to see if they are someone you want to learn from. 

If you are hoping to make money writing on the internet with articles, a general search for online freelance writer will provide a lot of results.  Be careful that you don’t get sucked into buying a bunch of items from someone promising to “teach you how to make thousands of dollars a week” or some other hyped-up promise.  While many authentic writers will have products to sell, they should also give out free information such as allowing you to join a blog where they write regularly. 

What You Should Learn

While there is no secret formula to becoming a successful writer, you should learn the story of how the writer got where they are today.  You should also learn about mistakes they have made and tips they can provide.  That is one reason I started this blog.  I wanted others to see my journey and learn from what I did and didn’t do correctly.  I also want to inspire you to keep trying when you get frustrated. 

Inspiration is something you should find when following a writer.  They should provide wisdom and words that make you say “I can do this.” 

Limit Your List

Don’t spend all of your time reading about writing, write.  Limit yourself to no more than two or three writers that have valuable information to add to your knowledge.  This may mean experimenting and adding and deleting people from your list.  I have followed different writers, but right now, I have four that I feel add the most to my education.  They are different, but all work in the same field of online copywriting that I do.  I have greatly benefited from each of these “mentors” by reading their story and following their blogs.

Let others help you in your journey and be your inspiration and teachers.  The writing journey doesn’t have to be taken alone.

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