Determination, hard work, discipline and openness to constantly refining one’s craft are all needed for a successful freelance writing career. However, hands down, it is extremely advantageous for a prospective freelance writer to complete a journalism or communications degree. (Someone who wishes to be an author, script writer or ghost writer would also benefit from an English degree or creative writing courses). Not only do such programs allow students to learn and practice essential skills required for their future profession and participate in experiential internships – having a journalism degree will also help you stand out amongst other writers when editors are going through the piles of pitches they receive. Often a communications or journalism degree program will also offer a freelance writing course.
Before and as you pursue your journalism degree, you should be continuously seeking out and gaining experience. This may mean volunteering for your school newspaper, writing a blog, going to events and writing reviews or coverage pieces (for practice and possibly a publication) or interviewing friends and family to practice conversing with subjects for an article. Get in the habit of writing every day, even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes in the morning. Some days will be easier than others.
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