Frequently Asked Questions

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Take the mini-test on this website and see if you can answer "yes" to at least five out of the six questions asked. Bottom line, however, is that if your desire to become a freelance writer is strong enough, and you have the discipline and perseverance to continue doing what you love, you can make a living as a freelance writer.

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Many people have good ideas for a story but don't know where to start. Finding the proper "slant" or "hook" is critical to honing in on a greatidea. Sodoing your homework, researching the markets to see what is already in print or how your story will provide fresh insight into your topic is important.

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A genre is a term used to describe a specific category of book, mostly relating to fiction. For example, there is the "romance" genre, the "mystery" genre, "horror and suspense" genre. Westerns are another category of genre. In nonfiction, styles are biographies, memoirs, inspirational books, historical, etc.

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A quiet place dedicated only to your writing should be a priority, even if it's just a corner in a shared room. Besides a reliable computer with an updated word processing program and Internet access, you will also need a good dictionary, athesaurus, and a simple filing system to help you keep your work organized. To claim deductions, you are required by the IRS to have a separate workspace used only for your writing business.

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Get a real job first or invest much time to write and market your work. To be a full-time writer, you need an editor, a marketing team, publicist. They cost money.

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Writers conferences can help you improve as a writer. However, you must believe in yourself first. God gave everyone a talent. Don't allow the 'pundits' in those conferences tilt your abilities.

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You don't have written all the time. Scribble your ideas and do something else before you develop the draft from the ideas

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Have your work blind-reviewed, that is, by an editor or freelance writer who doesn't know you personally. The individual will give you an honest evaluation of your manuscript

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You don't have to have an agent to get your work published. You can self-publish, but be prepared to do all the legwork—draft, edit, review, pay for printing, marketing,etc. of the work. If you need an agent, go to a local library or google "how to find a good agent for my work

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People and computers steal ideas all the time. If your viewis stolen,you have no way to prove that. So always keep a copy of your work when querying a publisher. You can mail a copy to yourself.