"How to become a freelance writer in less than one month"

A Thread
I get a lot of questions in my DMs like "How do i become a writer?", "How can i learn writing?" No matter how long you’ve been in this business, whether you are new or a seasoned freelance writer, chances are, becoming a better writer will be super important to you.
After all, writing is a skill. It’s something you learned to do, and it’s something you can learn to do even better with a little hard work and practice.
And similar to any career, being a great freelance writer requires some professional development if you want to continue to be successful. You have to commit to learning more, bettering your skillset and improving your talents, and doing this for the entirety of your career.
It’s the only way to stay at the top of your game for both you and your clients. But, don’t worry…this doesn’t mean you have to take monthly writing courses or even read dozens of books a year (although I know most of my writing friends out there LOVE to read! I READ TOO)
Becoming a better writer just requires some effort and attention. Here are some ways I like to keep my craft top-notch…let me know if you do any of these too.
Write Just for Fun:
Writing? Fun?
Yes, writing can be fun. It’s supposed to be!

Just because you’re a freelance writer by trade doesn’t mean that everything you write has to be a direct trade-off for payment. In fact, if you want to be a better writer, it shouldn’t be.
Once in a while, take time out to simply be creative. Sit down and write out a short story that’s been shuffling through your mind. Find some creative writing prompts online and write for a few hours. Write a poem or an article for a friend.
The main goal here is to let your writing flow freely. Don’t worry too much about structure or format, and forget pleasing anyone. Just write what you want, how you want it. Every writers first draft is always a mess, you can always edit later.
Most of the time, you’ll be surprised at what you can come up with, and you’ll come out of the exercise more inspired and excited about your career than ever before.
Read Often:
You can’t be a great writer if you don’t read, so schedule some time in your busy life to pick up a good book (here are some recommendations), catch up on the latest blogs in your niche or even just read the newspaper.
Make it a point to read things that are varied, both in difficulty and topic. Read some of the greats, like Hemingway and Dickens, skip forward a few years and read some young adult novels just for fun, and then take a break and maybe read a little poetry.
Expose your mind to all kinds of writing, and let it all soak in and inspire you.
Expand Your Vocabulary:
The more words you have in your arsenal, the more creative freedom you will have with your writing. So try to expand your vocabulary whenever possible.
Listening to great speakers is another effective method, so get on YouTube and start finding recent TED talks and other speeches you might find interesting. Keep a dictionary on hand to look up any terms you don’t know.
Get Feedback:
Anytime you can, solicit feedback on your work.

Yes, it can be hard to take criticism at times, but feedback can give you great insight into the quality of your work, as well as how to improve it.
Who should give you feedback?

Your best bet is your client. Have them tell you what they liked, what they didn’t like and what they want to see improved or changed.
If your client doesn’t have time to give you the detailed feedback you need, consider sending your copy to a friend, family member or former colleague. Ask them to give you their honest opinion, as well as suggestions on how to better the piece.
Remember: They’re not trying to tear you down… only make you better. Don’t take any criticism personally!
If you want to become a writer, try these tips.

And remember that no matter how successful you become, you will always be a student and forever learning and growing. February is just starting, plan and put these tips to work, you will be amazed how far you've grown in a month.
I hope you find these tips helpful? Let me know

@ToyosiGodwin @tweetsbylance @MomentsWithBren @TundeTASH

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with L.A.M.Z

L.A.M.Z Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @OlamideTowobola

3 Feb


When i started out freelancing, I took a long hard look discovered there was one MASSIVE problem: The majority of my income was coming from only few clients. And when I say the majority, I’m talking about a revenue concentration of over 80%.
Now that’s a precarious predicament. You only have to lose few client to watch your income take a huge hit. However, the good news is that you can protect yourself from these situations rearing their ugly heads by marketing yourself constantly to diversify your client base.
Read 18 tweets
31 Jan
The Mentorship Programme for Freelancers (Upwork Course)

A Thread
Five million.

That's roughly how many client accounts "live" inside Upwork's database.

Despite that, a staggering number of freelancers ever manage to get any kind of traction on the platform.

They set up a profile, blast out a few proposals, then they wait.
Days go by. Then weeks.

Nothing happens. It's almost like there's nobody on the other end. As if Upwork is somehow... broken?

So what do they do?

They send out MORE proposals.
Read 25 tweets
29 Jan

- Sites for Freelancers
- Remote Job Sites in 2021
- In-Demand Tech Skills in 2021
- YouTube Channels for Freelancers
- Payment Platforms for Freelancers
- Twitter Handles for Freelancers in 2021
- Proofreading and Editing Sites for Freelance Writers

A Thread.
Top freelance marketplace dedicated to helping professionals like yourself find work.

1. Guru
2. Fiverr
3. Nexxt
4. Toptal
5. Upwork
6. Contently
7. Freelancer
8. 99Designs
9. Envato Studio
10. PeoplePerHour
Top Remote Jobs Sites:

1. Fiverr
2. Indeed
3. Upwork
4. FlexJobs
5. LinkedIn
6. Freelancer
7. Jobspresso
7. Remote OK
8. Virtual Vocations
9. We Work Remotely
10. ProBlogger Job Board
Read 10 tweets
27 Jan
"Email templates you can use to pitch your service(s) to clients"

For freelance writers, designers, developers and marketers

A Thread.
Freelancing sites are not the only place you can find work.

In a previous thread, I showed you how to get freelance and remote gigs through sending of cold emails, twitter and google. Most of these methods involve contacting the clients directly and sending your pitch via email.
I can’t stress it enough how important your first email really is. This is the email that your potential clients are going to use to analyze you and your skills.
Read 21 tweets
19 Jan
"Top freelance sites for graphics designers and how they work"

A Thread.
Finding a freelance website can be a daunting task for graphic designers. With so many websites touting top talent and an endless well of gigs, how do you know where to start?
Designers, join a marketplace with quality projects that match your unbeatable freelancing talent. Here are a list of the top freelance sites for graphic designers:
Read 25 tweets
11 Jan
"Hacks on how to find remote jobs through cold emailing, google, and twitter"

For freelancers and remote job seekers!

A Thread
You may be excited to start looking for remote jobs, but it requires careful planning and decision-making to job search effectively. For instance, going in unprepared may lead you to send out an application that’s a very bad fit for the position, killing your opportunity.
Do you want to be a content writer? Are you more interested in SEO or email marketing? Once your decision is clear, come up with a list of terms to use in your search.

Here are some examples:

VP marketing
Content manager
SEO specialist
Read 33 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!