"A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight."
-Ursula K. LeGuin
One of these days I'll have to sit down and make a list. But in the meantime, I think I can sum up the qualifications of a successful freelance writer as
It doesn't matter how much talent you might have or how skillful you are at weaving words together, if you are lacking any one of these three traits, you're going to have a very difficult road to success.
I have been working as a freelance writer for more years than I care to count and have been uniquely successful in that I've been able to support and raise two children as a freelance writer. Through the years, I've met hundreds of wanna-be writers and a lot of people who have a very convoluted idea of what it takes to be a writer or a freelancer.
I draw on my personal philosophies from my own experience, from observing others (both successful and not) and on my experiences as the founder and facilitator of a successful writer's group in Bloomingdale. Here are some of my earlier observations:
Throughout this site I will share additional insights -- my own and those of others. I hope, if you're serious about your writing career, that you will join us.
There have been fantastic strides in areas of establishing the copyright and ownership writes of writers. EBooks have also opened new doors to a writer's potential for making a living. But don't jump head first into the business of writing, it's a rapidly changing and very complex business.