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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Making It As A Freelance Writer - Tip #1 - Structure

Making it as a freelance writer is not easy, especially if you haven’t been published before. However, with a bit of persistence you can be successful. Here's a tip to get you started.

As a minimum, you should know how to structure a news story or feature article. With news writing, you'll need to include the who, what, where, why, when and how of the story. If you're writing a feature, you'll need to flesh the story out a bit and tell it in an interesting way - and in the way that's most appropriate for the readers you're trying to reach. After all, you'd write very different stories for the New York Times and the Surfing Times, wouldn't you?
Make sure you have the right equipment: telephone and mobile phone; PC or laptop; a dictaphone or other recorder for recording interviews; a printer and a scanner. A digital camera is also useful, as you'll be able to take pictures to go along with your article.

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