Think you’re good enough to be a freelance writer?
Here’s a quick test (and a framework to stand out from the herd).
- Google your blog.
- Click on the first article it shows. That’s what most people will click on.
- Close your eyes a little bit, like you’re squinting, and scan the article.
Now, ask yourself:
- What made you stop?
- What stood out?
- What was/is memorable?
- Would you bookmark it?
- Would you hire this writer?
To make a living as a freelance writer you would need at least five out of five.
Yeah, five out of five.
Don’t hit the Back button yet.
Here’s the solution.
- Go back to that article.
- Rewrite the headline 17 times.
- Write the first line – make it different than anything else you’ve read.
- Remove every cliché.
- Nuke every predicable analogy.
- Delete all stock phrases.
- Keep paring it back and back and back.
Now, start writing.
Otherwise, you’re one of million.
Which would you prefer?
- Remove every line that someone else has written.
- Delete stuff people skip.
- Make it tighter.
- Make it remarkable. “Will others remark on what I’ve written?” If not, keep trying.
- Don’t dumb down. If you know something interesting, add it.
- Don’t give up.
- Keep chipping away until you, and only you, could have written it.
Now you have your own voice — something no one else can take away.