How to Start As a Freelance Writer When You Haven’t Been Published Anywhere

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1. It’s Okay to Start at the Bottom

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2. Have a Brainstorming Session

Get out a piece of paper or open up a new document on your laptop.

  • Have I gone through unique experiences? (i.e., Did you adopt a pet with a disability? Have you parented a child with special needs?)
  • What makes you unique? (i.e., Did you graduate top of your class despite going through cancer? Are you a mom to twins?)
  • Where are some interesting places you have visited? (i.e., it could be the taco shop in your small town that serves tacos in the shape of celebrities or somewhere more popular, like Disneyland.)
  • Disneyland and IBS: How to Plan Your Trip Accordingly
  • What I Want My Kids to Know About My Anxiety Struggles
  • Anxiety Struggles I Wish I Could Confess to Other Moms
  • 5 Ways IBS Made Me a Better Mom

3. Research Publications in Your Market

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  • Disboards had a discussion on their member boards, and the site has an articles page which might mean they are open to contributors
  • BayAreaParent posted a first-person article on the topic, but might be open to a pitch for a how-to piece on dealing with anxiety at the park

4. Consider Getting a Paid Byline

Look–

Elna Cain is a freelance writer for hire, consultant, & a mom to twins. She mentors new writers on her award-winning freelance writing blog https://elnacain.com

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