About meI've been a writer for 22 years. I started off working for a daily newspaper then a weekly newspaper and a monthly news magazine, onto monthly publications and freelancing. My freelancing turned into blogging and web content. That's probably the quickest and easiest explanation of my career I've ever done that covers the 20 plus years. I haven't realized all of my writing dreams and goals, but I'm well on my way to still seeing them come to fruition. As a freelancer, it's sometimes difficult to keep up with other writing projects while you're trying to make a buck and if you have a family and other commitments it makes the task even that much tougher. But, it's still possible. It just takes perseverance.
Where are the gigs?
It's easy, so to speak, when you work fulltime in the publishing industry to get in touch with other contacts in the form of editors, writers, photographers and other creatives. When you're a freelancer, if you haven't made a name for yourself, then it can be a little tricky. Here's a quick and dirty version of where the writing gigs are:
I'm sure you're familiar with the big ones like Huffington Post, etc., so we don't need to cover those. It's some of the little ones that you may miss. If you can afford not to worry about getting paid then write something for a blog that's accepting guest posts. If you want to get paid, but don't have experience then I hate to say it, but you should start there as well. Submit your ideas to ask.com, Huffington Post and the like. The most important thing is regardless of where you are looking to share your writing you must follow their writer's guidelines. If you neglect to do that then nine times out of 10 you'll get a rejection.
When it comes to freelancing for print publications following the guidelines is also key, but like most online publications the print sisters also normally have their guidelines on their website. Follow them specifically. And, among anything else, keep writing. Researching, writing and creating all the time are the keys to continually getting better.
It really comes down to searching for the right gig for you. Whether you call your friend who knows a guy that's an editor at a magazine or you read a LinkedIn profile of a blogger and you'd like to submit content, you're going to have to do your research. There are sites like writerjob.com that may make your search a little easier, but keep in mind that whatever information you discover through any site should be thoroughly researched. You don't want to waste your time. Time equals money. Period.
Whether you're going to write books, articles, posts, poems, scripts, novels... you get the point... just make sure it's what makes you happy. Good luck writing!