I doubt my story is unique. I fell into freelance writing by accident. In October of 2011, I had the terrifying experience of being laid off from my day job. I had to find a way to make a living fast. A quick search via Google led me to freelance writing.
I started out hocking my skills on sites like Fiverr and Textbroker. I found it was an excellent way to create writing clips while earning a little cash. I started out making about $100 a week. I would liken the task to performing slave labor, but the experience was worth it. I cultivated a large library of samples that allowed me the opportunity to obtain higher paying gigs. I also learned to write extremely fast. This would prove helpful later as I began to bill myself as “The Reliable Writer” who always meets her deadlines.
Now that I’ve honed my skills, I’m hungry for more. Simple writing tasks don’t challenge me anymore. Additionally, it’s tough to make a living writing content for mills. I need the opportunity to learn more. I want to invest in my writing career because I’m finally doing what I was born to do. I wholeheartedly believe that a scholarship to the Freelance Writer’s Den can help me become a better writer because:
Everyone Needs a Mentor
No matter what career path anyone chooses, a mentor is vital to achieving your full potential. Someone who has already walked the path I intend to follow occupies an exceptional position to advise me about the possible pitfalls along the way. Experience is a great teacher, but having a mentor gives a writer a decided advantage over the competition. The Freelance Writing Den can offer me the opportunity to have experienced mentors.
Networking Leads to Writing Success
Lots of people can write well. The competition for gigs can be fierce. Networking can assist me in getting my foot in the door. Making connections through groups and social networks is vital for writers who want to advance their careers. The Freelance Writer’s Den will allow me to network effectively.
Knowledge is Power
I remember that adage from old cartoons. It’s still true. The Freelance Writer’s Den will allow me to have access to a wealth of knowledge that might take me a great deal of time to collect. Of course, I’d rather have that knowledge handed to me on a silver platter; who wouldn’t want that?
I am hungry for a better life as a writer and I’m willing to fight for any chance I might have to receive it. I enjoy learning more about my craft and watching my career continue to evolve. Any chance I have to learn more about writing will not be wasted.