Free-lance writing is an especially good field for the beginning writer, because it unlimited in its market and does not require the complicated plotting technique that is inclined to mock the amateur. The writer is never confined to any subject out of his own liking. And naturally what a person likes he is more likely to excel in.
In no other field of writing can an amateur initiate so easily upon topics of his own line of interest: business, sports, good housekeeping, recipes, and so on. There is for the beginning writer such an opportunity to duplicate checks for the same idea. You have but to learn how to rephrase each article you submit. At no time has the short article been so popular than at present time.
While it is true that we all learn from one another, it also is true that some of it has to come from within; a genuine desire to learn the right tactic and a love of writing. And of course, the rules of writing are not to be ignored if you would see yourself succeed as a writer. Read. Read. Read.
There are just as many rules in life as there are people who break them. Do not kill. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. And of course, do not end a sentence with a preposition. But see, unless you knew what a preposition was in the first place, you may have committed this last sin thousands of times unknowingly. Which is why it is important to know that there rules in heaven and on earth, with hell being an exception?
To succeed as a free-lance writer, you will find that a few distinct qualities are in fact essential. It therefore is almost impossible for anyone to teach you everything about writing; do your research and saturate yourself with good material. It is safe to say that writing is a business like any other. Believe in yourself and in your ability. Tackle the job with professionalism and enthusiasm, and above all, remember to employ the rules of writing; the eight parts of speech.