For determined non-native freelance writers, success takes a lot of additional hard work, but when you have the right mindset and attitude, you can actually become a better writer than a native one because while many native writers take their writing skills for granted, as a non-native freelance writer, you may just do more, work harder, and think better than someone who doesn’t want it quite as badly as you do…
When your mind is set on freelance writing as a career, you will tend to be so focused on improvement, that you at some point you may overtake a native writer.
Your mindset is more important than your current writing ability.
- Read a lot. Choose a few top native writer blogs to follow and read everything they write, carefully studying each of their styles of writing.
- Join Facebook groups and native forums. Observe how the natives naturally converse, because it’s the little nuances they use that will make a difference to your writing and give it personality. A writer with great personality is Henneke Duistermaat; she would be a good example to follow. In addition, she also gives brilliant writing tips.
- Practice writing a lot and practice daily. Start your own blog (which can also act as a portfolio), or try journaling your feelings. Practice really does make perfect.
- Offer free or low paid writing to someone if they will agree to mentor you. This is one of the most effective ways to learn, because you can write, and the other person can edit your work. And as you work, you can observe their edits.
- Network with other writers who are prepared to help. Make sure that you offer them something in return for their mentorship.
- Take a course. There are a number of free online writing courses you could try, in order to improve your writing skills. Also keep researching on how to write better, even when you consider yourself top-notch.
- Use tools like the Hemingway Editor to edit your work. It’s a really practical way to learn to write better!
- Make it a point to learn something new every month. Ideas for this include either setting up a blog, pitching to new clients (and not only through job boards), learning to market yourself better, etc.
- Develop a strong, healthy mindset. This will help keep you motivated, and give you solutions to the problems you may initially face as a non-native writer.
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