Earlier this week I gave you several reasons why writing might not exactly be a good career choice. If those reasons did not run you off, congratulations! You very well could have a healthy and productive career as a full-time freelance writer. Here are five reasons why a writing career just might work for you:
Reason # 1: You enjoy the challenge of a slow, steady pace towards success.
Freelance writing requires patience, endurance, and perseverance. If you love the challenge of working hard towards a goal that you can build a career upon slow, but steady, progress, you'll probably make a great excellent freelance writer.
Reason # 2: You are not afraid to put yourself "out there."
One of the scariest things for many new freelance writers is to put your ideas on the line without the reassurance that you'll get a positive response. If you have lots of creative ideas and are not afraid to put those ideas to test in the form of questions, you'll love freelance writing.
Reason # 3: You are time-conscious and do not mind bossing yourself around.
Do you love calendars? Do you thrive on setting schedules and keeping track of appointments? Do you plan everything in advance? Do deadlines excite you and push you to work harder? Freelance writers must have good time management skills. Likewise, to become a well-paid and respectable freelance writer, you should be able to meet deadlines and keep your word.
Reason # 4: You enjoy talking to others and listening to their stories.
Freelance writers get to interview lots of different people. Whether you write an article on global warming, or a review of a top best-selling book, you'll have the opportunity to speak with experts in all walks of life. Interviewing experts (and everyday people!) Is just one part of the writing life that is fun and educational. If you enjoy listening and are inquisitive, these two skills will help make your writing shine.
Reason # 5: You love writing.
Let's face it. Writers love everything about the written word. From journaling, to reading, to writing a full-length novel, writing brings a thrill to those called to write like none other. It's an amazing feeling when you do what you love and you build a career out of it. If you love writing, then there is nothing holding you back from becoming a paid writer.