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What It Takes to Become a Competent Freelance Article Writer

The key word in the title of this article is competent. It can be very easy to become a freelance article writer but that may not be good enough. You see it's a very competitive world and unless you are good at what you do the chances of you finding work are slim. So how do you become competent?

There is a saying that ‘you can't buy experience’ and certainly experience is a great teacher. So from that point of view you have to actually do the freelance article writing to gain the experience to make yourself better. But there are steps you can take to improve your capability. These are practical steps which anyone can follow. Take the issue seriously and immediately gain confidence and expertise.

Improve your basic writing skills which include the following issues.

  • Answering the question or sticking to the topic.
  • Knowing the difference between proofreading and editing.
  • Studying the work of freelance article writers who are very good.
  • Applying for the right jobs in the first place.

You will never find a competent freelance article writer producing ambiguous or muddy writing. The best writers will always answer the question or stick to the point. The writing will be clear and easy to understand and of course delight the employer.

It's important that you know the difference between proofreading and editing. You need to do both of these in order to become a competent freelance article writer. Proofreading is when you're looking for mistakes in spelling or grammar or some such. Editing is where you're looking to see if you have any repetition or vague writing or irrelevant material in your article.

One of the best ways to improve your expertise is to read the work of people who are highly regarded in the world of freelance article writing. It's very easy to find online examples of work created by people who are highly regarded. Read their work and learn from their expertise.

You will always struggle to produce competent work if you apply for jobs which are not suitable for you and your talent. It is better to apply for fewer jobs and only jobs where you have the ability to produce something worthwhile. You might think it's great to win a bidding war for a particular job but if it doesn't suit your talents you'll come unstuck.


Professional Aspects Of Freelance Writing Career