You can help others and get paid for it! You can help students’ complete academic papers.
You can help inexperienced writers get their work into print and prepared for publication.
You can provide useful content that can help others understand how things work.
Many writers are trying to break into the field, whether it is in fiction, or non-fiction. So for a new writer how do you break in? The Internet is a great resource for finding work, and getting published, which will help you in future work, if your goal is to be a writer, or an author. Here are a few things to consider:
If you’re not sure where to begin, the first thing to ask is “What do you like to write about”? If you want to get involved in creative writing, look for websites that specialize in what you want to look write about. Some examples:
These are just a few examples of some very popular formats. Whatever your area of interest, you will be able to find a place on the Internet where you can participate in workshops, and many will be able to help have your work published. You can also start your own website, and invite fellow writers to get involved, it is a great way to connect with fellow writers.
This question is more for writers that may be interested in non-fiction work, or in tech writing. Third party websites such as Elance, are great places where you can find work, to build experience. Many of these jobs are paid, but it may be difficult to land an assignment; an alternative may be to do volunteer work. You can use the work as part of your portfolio, and on your resume; it will help build experience, and better your chances of landing jobs. The great thing is through volunteer work you can make some great contacts, and network.
Where to begin? Do a simple Internet search to find what you want to write. If it you’re interested in tech writing, or non-fiction; visit third party websites, and look into jobs that involve report writing, and tech writing. If you want to write for periodicals visit the magazine’s website to find out what are the requirements. Many of the big name magazines will probably want you to have published work, talk to them, and see what they would recommend. It may helped to have work on the University where you had studied, so they can review what you have written.
There are so many clients in need of writers it is ridiculous for any writer to say they cannot get work. You need to study the market carefully and know what to say when approaching potential clients.