What’s the one thing that scares you the most about being a writer? I can think of five. However, the best freelancer work their way past these issues and become successful.
- Rejection – “What if I’m not good enough?”
As a writer, this probably crosses your mind. Do you think you’re good enough? Well, there’s only one way to find out the truth: You have to take a chance – build an online portfolio and showcase your finest documents in it. Submit to as many potential clients as possible. You can also join Freelance Writers Den to receive writing career advice and participate in workshops. However, don’t expect your success to be instant. It’s not going to be unless you’re a special prodigy!
- Failure – “What if I can’t complete the assignment?”
Sometimes it happens. You take an assignment you think you’ll love. Then, something happens where you realize after it’s too late that it was the wrong project for you. Otherwise, maybe you just took on an unusually finicky editor who doesn’t seem to like anything you do yet still hires you for more! Try to finish all the assignments given to you unless you know for sure you cannot complete it. Besides, this fear usually doesn’t happen because most magazines, newspapers and businesses will work with you. Just keep asking questions and make it clear that you just want to know you’re doing the job right.
- Criticism – “What if readers don’t like it?”
If your editor likes it, chances are the publication’s readers will like it. Therefore, you shouldn’t have to worry. Besides, working for a newspaper or magazine company that allows you to speak your even if you piss your readers off can be a blessing. Most people don’t have that luxury. You can take it as a compliment when you write something that invokes a negative reaction from people! Not everyone will agree with what you have to say. Suck it up and move on.
- Mistakes – “What if I do it wrong?”
It happens. Typos appear in online and print publications all the time. Don’t think you’re the first one with perfect writing. If you notice a writing mistake after it’s too late, get over it. You’ll recover and learn to proofread more carefully next time. Just keep names a priority, but even then, people make mistakes.
- Publicity – “What will my friends and family think?”
To accomplish an editor’s mission, writers often reveal details to the world they wouldn’t even tell their mothers. For instance, you might feel self-conscious talking about an abusive boyfriend, promiscuous past or secret addiction. However, your readers need you. If you want to teach others what you’ve learned or share your history so others don’t feel alone, sometimes you need to share.