Freelance writers work for many different companies writing news articles, short stories, advertising and marketing, blogs, technical manuals, and textbooks. Here are a few qualities that effective writers have in common:
- Independent: You are self-motivated and work best on your own.
- Innovative: Employers are most interested if you have fresh ideas and unique perspective.
- Persistent: You work well despite obstacles or setbacks.
- Creative: Writers often need to think outside of the box to create and sell their work.
Since graduating, I have sold six stories for an upcoming book. I have also had three books and over two dozen articles and short stories published.
- Terry A., Freelance Writer Graduate
I've wanted to become a published writer since I was 8 years old. Penn Foster offered me the opportunity to make my dream come true. I have to work full-time, and the freedom to study online or at home and take exams at my pace was perfect for my daily schedule. Receiving my diploma in the mail was one of the happiest days of my life. I've already enrolled again for more classes, this time in animal care, and I plan to keep going for several more years!
- Emily B., Freelance Writer Graduate
At the age of 80, I decided I needed to go back to school and advance my education by enrolling in an online Freelance Writing Career Diploma at Penn Foster. You may be wondering—why now? Why would someone with 80 years of real-world experience choose to go back to school? The truth is, I’m a lifelong learner. I always have and I always will be eager to learn. I don’t think age should stop me, or anyone, from pursuing an education. As the role of writers in our society continues to evolve, I want to evolve with it. With the help of a career diploma program, I was able to get my first novel published as an eBook, and I’m working on editing and publishing my second novel.
- Phyllis R., Freelance Writer Graduate
Penn Foster made me a "great" writer. Thank you, Penn Foster. I feel like I really earned my Career Diploma and it's one of those accomplishments that changes a person's life. I learned more than sentence formation, grammar rules, and vocabulary — I learned life skills, and good morals.
- Alexander M., Freelance Writer Graduate
Does Penn Foster Career School have any useful tips, hints, or tricks for students just beginning the Freelance Writer Career Diploma Program?
Develop a professional work area in your home where you can do all of your writing. Set aside at least a small amount of time each day to dedicate to your Freelance Writer Program. When you finish your program, you can use this time to advance your freelance writing career. Be professional in all correspondence that relates to your freelance writing career. The best thing you can do to begin your Freelance Writer Program is to read and write. Be sure to write something every day. Try writing a response to something you read or hear. Develop an idea that you have into a short story. You should also read something every day, whether it is a newspaper or magazine article, blog posting, or short story.
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