Do you enjoy expressing yourself in writing or in cartoons? If the answer is in the affirmative, then, it would be proper to engage yourself in freelance writing or drawing illustrations. Besides, the more you do this the better for you, as it will serve as platform for you to hone your writing or drawing skills.
Those who know the value of this gift are already making cool money writing for different publishing homes, including online outfits on freelance basis? So, doing this does not mean one is doing something that is absurd or unheard of. Being a freelance writer or illustrator means one is not fully engaged to a particular organisation, which means he/she is not on the staff list of any outfit, and as such could work for as many organisations as his/her ability can cope with on part-time. It also means you are your own boss and could determine the rate at which you want to move.
Freelance writing or illustration gives the person involved the freedom to express him/herself on any issue. It also gives practitioners the liberty to work from their homes. Apart from requiring determination and commitment, the job entails you develop keen interest in research, reading and the ability to do in-depth analyses of issues to make your articles or stories educative, informative, revealing, strong and a must-read. The desire of any writer/ illustrator is to be read; you have not written until you are read, goes a common axiom among writers. So, if your articles are good and attract the necessary traffic to your medium/media, you then stand to be highly rewarded. Rewards from enterprises like this could settle all your bills in school, aside giving one the opportunity to work in a publishing outfit after school.
As expansive as the earth is, so are plethoras of issues to write on. You can begin from your immediate campus; reporting events in form of news or features to writing about children/women, social issues, ICT and others. All that matter is identifying your area of strength, build upon it and also understand what the medium/media you want to write for want(s) and supply them. You can write about anything under the sun, including the sun itself, so far your stories or drawings are not libelous to put your publisher in trouble or half-truths that would raise doubts. Beware of plagiarism, which is the crime of copying sources without acknowledgment
As a student, you have quality time to move around town and even cover more grounds than some reporters in newspaper organisations. Also, you have the advantage of meeting with members of the academia in your school and making them to talk on some issues. Doing this would help strengthen your copy because they would give their expertise knowledge, which will enrich your copies. Aside this, the various seminars, workshops and inaugural lectures often held in the campus, which most times are not reported or are under-reported, may serve as some of the gist of your stories. The public is eager to hear some of them, so give it to them. Give the outcomes of these academic gatherings the right touch, bring out the news, the salient points that are worth knowing, analysis of the issues discussed to the understanding of the common man and this would give you an edge. Though doing this may sometimes mean you consult some of your lecturers, do not foot-drag, go to them because at the end you will be better off for it.
You may be wondering how to start with some of your copies appearing good only for the garbage bins. Never allow this fear to kill your ambition of making extra income, because writing involves a lot of grooming. The fine writers you see today, once entertained the same fear, but have overcome it.
However, start by giving your copies to a friend who also loves writing. Let him/her read and correct your synthesis, grammar and others. Never be afraid or shy of criticisms, negative or positive, because they are like tonic that would spur you to write more. Lastly, always tidy your work before sending them for publication; get all the parts of a story, do not allow your emotion to take the better part of you. Give the other person, if you are writing about a person, the right to be heard.
In fact, most published copies do not come out on the pages of the newspapers or online, the way the author wrote them; they must have been read and corrected by some editors. Put on paper those events and see yourself rise to stardom.
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