Just Write

just-write

Just write. That’s what they always told me (by they I mean other writers who were way more experienced that I was when I first started out). The important thing to do when you sit down at your computer to start writing is to not think too hard about it, just churn out the words. After all, editing can come later; spell checking can come later; grammar checking can come later. Once you have an idea, you should roll with it and have confidence that your writing style and ability will carry you through to the other end.

When you are a freelance digital journalist, time is money, just like with any other job. With this in mind it is really important that you get through as many tasks in one day as possible. If you don’t get words down on paper then there won’t be any payment, and if there isn’t any payment then the bills cannot be paid. If you already have work lined up for the day, then get on and do it. If you don’t have any work then you are going to have to spend some time looking for it. This usually isn’t too difficult though, and once you have built up a solid client base, you can send round some emails or messages to see if anybody has any work. More often than not, somebody will have something for you.

You may have heard of a thing called writers block. This is a real thing and sometimes, the words just don’t flow. You can have a really good idea of what you want to write in your head, but you just can’t get it down on the page. Alternatively, you might not be able to think about the idea at all and really struggle to get motivated. This is ok and all writers go through it at some point. However, often the best way of getting through it is to just write. It doesn’t necessarily matter what it is about, you just need to get something down. It is always worth having a few tasks on the go at any one time that you can return to when you are struggling with one. We all have tasks that we prefer to do above others. The trick with being a freelance writer is to not waste any time, or at least as little time as possible. Even if you are working on something else unrelated to what you feel you should be doing, it is technically not wasted time because you are still writing.

So, in conclusion, when you get up in the morning, you need to get into the routine of writing. It can take a bit of time to realise that it is now your day job and it is your daily duty to get out there on the internet and write articles. However, you need to get into a routine of writing. Just write, and don’t look back. When you get to the end of the day and you look back at what you have achieved, you will feel good. Then you can go to bed and afterwards, get out of bed and do the whole thing again! It should be what you enjoy doing so it shouldn’t be a chore. Writing is what you are good at – so just write!