Freelance writing is an amazing and extraordinary profession. It takes persistence, concentration, dedication, and a commitment to others to be able to succeed in this profession.

Compared to creative writing, where the truth is something that can be bent and twisted to fit a plot, content writing requires complete honesty on the part of the writer to be able to give readers valuable information that can be used in their daily living.This is a commitment that is, by far, harder to stay true to than any other form of writing.

If you think you’ve already set your heart to commit to this rewarding profession, you may want to take note of these 5 steps in order to stay true to a craft that will pay fantastic dividends to those who are truly dedicated to writing for the public.

Writing from the Heart

The first words that you lay down should come straight from the heart. Being emotionally attached to a particular topic should flow from you, leaving every page with honest, unbiased and completely original content.

The truest form of self-expression always comes from the heart. But then again, expressing your emotion in writing is almost always the worst kind of writing. So what’s a content writer to do?

Unless you’re writing poetry, your true voice always comes from the re-writes. Once you’ve laid it all down in content writing, take a breather and step away from your computer. The idea is to put distance between your heart and the message that you really want to convey to your readers. Try to give it a day, then come back to it with a fresh perspective.

Cut at least 20% or more of the sap during the re-write. What you’re left with will be a more concise form of what you’re trying to tell your readers. The re-write should represent your true voice.

Find the Right Editor

If you really can’t separate heartfelt writing from true voice, and you’re lucky enough to have an editor, he/she will do the job for you.

A good editor is someone who knows how to write from the heart, trim the fat, and leave a lean form of true self-expression while following the ultimate goal of reader value. Their writing may piss you off at first, but once you realize that self-indulgent writing isn’t the main goal, you’ll also come to realize just how important it is to have the editor’s objective foresight on your side. He/she should be able to know how to salvage what you’re really trying to say and please the reader at the same time, making both sides happy and satisfied.

Verify Everything That’s Written

Heartfelt writing is great, especially when you have a good editor or you know how to trim the fat, so to speak. The trick is to always make sure that writing from the heart and more down-to-earth re-writing adheres to the facts as they pertain to the reader.

A rant that goes off-topic and delves deep into guesswork can be detrimental to your credibility as a content writer, so verify what you write, then verify the source of information with another trusted source.

Honesty in writing is just as vital as true voice and self-expression of the fact. The rule of thumb is to be you, but be true.


Catching Up with Deadlines

Catching up with deadlines is a common occurrence for the freelance content writer. You might know someone or even you yourself have worked with a client who has had a ridiculous deadline that just had to be met at all costs.

If copy writing is your cup of tea, but you find yourself struggling to meet deadlines, try looking for a few clients that just want content, to break the stressful monotony that comes with deadline writing.At the end of the day, you’ll be happy for the freedom, and thankful for the time spent not having to worry your head off in maintaining your spotless reputation.


Give Yourself a Break!

Content writing is a lot like being a truck driver. It’s fun at first but after a while, it’s easy to fall asleep behind the wheel. If you’re a workaholic freelance content writer who is constantly writing to pay the bills and support the family, consider pulling into a truck stop from time to time.

Take some time to unwind (maybe a day or two every couple of weeks), write a poem, short story or update your journal. Write in a way that open expression and heartfelt sentiment means much more than it does in content writing.