7 Amazing Freelance Writing Formula For Beginning Freelance Writers

freelance writing formula

Have you been struggling to meet up with your freelance writing goals without success? Or maybe  you have been freelancing haphazardly without a freelance writing formula.

Apart from the necessary things you need to start freelance writing, if you discover and apply a classical freelance writing formula, you will  become a veteran writer with lots of assignments.

For you to be able to write attractive sale pages, marketing copies, white papers, blog posts and articles requires consistently application of this formula.

Having a workable writing formula makes freelance writing easy for me. There are projects I ordinarily wouldn't have been able to handle if I had been sloppy with my freelance writing business.

Whether you intend to be a freelance writer full-time or just taking up freelance writing as side hustle, you need  this freelance writing formula to be productive.

Here're amazing freelance writing Formula for every beginning freelance writer

Writing Goals + Research + Brevity + Voice + Editing +Timing + Response = Pro Writer


1)  Writing Goals

 If you truly want to be a pro writer in future, then, you should set a productive freelance writing goals.

I put writing goals first in the formula because you won't accomplish much as a beginner without it

Not all writing goals you set as beginning freelance writer will remain valid in future as your grow. And writing goals you have now may not be a perfect fit by the time your freelance writing business start to boom.

So, it's important you set a pace for your business by sitting down, plan and craft out freelance your freelance writing goals.

If your daily freelance writing goal is just to write and send one letter of introduction to potential clients without more, then it's an unproductive goal that will keep you perpetually at the bottom.

Here're lists of productive writing goals I have when I was starting out

1. Write at least one blog post every day

2.  Write two guest posts and send to other niche blogs

3.  Draft and send up to 10 letters of introduction (LOI) in a day.

4.  Ask up to 10 writer friends for referrals in a week

5.  Complete and publish one e-book in three months


2)    Research 

It's  good freelance writing habit to separate research from actual writing. Both are two different tasks that requires separate attention.

Notwithstanding your writing goals and how you plan to hustle for projects, you need to keep the task of  researching the project separate from writing it.

If you research and write consecutively, it can affect your speed especially if you're a beginning freelance writer. This kind of procedure may suit pro writers but definitely not ideal for beginners.

I research my content topics a day before I write them, and this had accelerated my productivity overtime. It makes projects easier and less cumbersome for me.

 If you're handling complex project in a niche you're not conversant with, you need to take considerable time to research the topic. You don't have to handle both task together.

However, because of the complexity of some projects and the allotted time to complete them, you might need to do your research and still write the project.

3)  Brevity 

No matter the type of marketing plan you have or the niche you intend to specialize on, you're going to be writing words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs on paper or screen.

Freelance writing is all about playing with words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs, so you should know how to briefly and concisely put down your thoughts.

You need to know how to pen your ideas in a short and meaningful form.

Putting your thoughts and ideas in short words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs is the quickest, easiest way of realizing your freelance writing goals.

It's a writing style acceptable by virtually all editors, and owners of various publications and blogs -- though styles differ at times depending on what prospects want.

Writing long sentences and paragraphs might be proper for technical and academic assignments but not really good for projects with conversational tune.

Nobody will be interested in your idea if you continue to serve up those long sentences and monster size paragraphs in your work. Try to cut down things and keep your work simple and short.

4)   Voice

Freelance writing is all about conveying thoughts through voices into writing. The voice with which you convey your thought matters a lot.

Basically, there're two types of voices we use in writing sentences. An active and passive voice.

If you really want to impress editors and prospects, you need to convey your thoughts and ideals in active voice.

When you write something like " The prize was won by the most creative writer", you're sounding passive. This type of sentence can make an editor turn off your page and click away. You should rather couch the sentence this way "The most creative writer won the prize"

Your content might bear brief sentences and paragraphs but if the voice is passive, it's won't resonate well with prospects.

5)   Editing

The way you package and present your contents will determine how prospects will rate you. That's why you should carefully edit and arrange every work you do.

Self-editing contents is another important aspect of freelance writing formula for every beginning freelance writer.

Because as a beginner, you might not be financially buoyant to hire external editor who will edit every content you turn out. Again, you might lack the necessary skill required to use available editing software.

So, it's necessary you learn how to self - edit you work now you're starting out.

What to look out for if you want to self-edit your content

  • Punctuation marks
  • Grammatical errors 
  • Grammar rules
  • Typographical errors

Taking cognizance of punctuation marks and adding them were necessary in every of your draft makes it unique. It showcases you in a good light.

If you're thinking of becoming a pro writer within a short time, then, self-editing your drafts should be, not only a part of freelance writing  formula you should know but also a habit you must master.

Think of how you feel if another writer pitched you an idea or a post written without the requisite punctuation marks. It's looks childish and stupid no matter how good his ideas may be.

 6)   Timing

Your writing goal can only be realized if you have unique set out writing time.

There should be mapped-out time to write blog posts, cold pitch prospects and interview a professional for an article, and other things. Each has to be done in line with schedules.

Bringing out particular hour as a writing time and disciplining yourself to work on it is part of  freelance writing formula every beginning freelance writer should learn and practice.

As freelance writers, so many things around us can choke our writing time if not well manage. House errands are there to run, friends are there in social media waiting to chat with us and the rest of other things.

You need to stay tune to your writing time, if you really want to be a pro writer in the future.

Prospects these days are looking for writer with realistic writing time. They know such smart writers will also keep deadlines, and they are ready to pay higher to hire them.

Many freelance writers are button feeders today, struggling in the rut of no gig, because they skip writing time. Moving up and earning more isn't for lazy writers. It's for smart writers who can maintain their writing time.  


 7)   Responses

Like it or not, people are responding to what you write one way or the other. That's why freelance writing is an interesting career. Prospects, editors and audience generally are reacting to what you and I pitched, copied or published.

Therefore, you should observe and take note of these responses because they held in shaping your writing style.

Most freelance writers don't take note of how people engage their published contents. Some writers flip the switch on any editor who make slightest demand for re-writing or improvement of their pitched copy.

You need to ditch this type of habit because it won't get you anywhere in this business. Do your best to get audience and clients on board, but always be amenable to changes that follow come up.

Follow    up improvement you make in each of your piece is part of the writing process and as such ought to be handled with care if you want to become a pro writer.

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