Educate Yourself for Free!
By Nancy Ann
Becoming a successful writer means that you are going to have to have faith and confidence in yourself. A good way to bolster up confidence is to be educated in the craft of writing. You can do this by going to school or taking individual courses within your local area or online. Almost always, these cost money. The good news is that there are ways to educate yourself for free, or next to it.
Start by looking around your own home for books and resources that you have on hand. Perhaps an old English text book was left behind from a sibling’s college days. Most people think that once the course is done, the book is done. Not so. You can pick up that text book and read it. By doing so, you will acquire just about as much knowledge as people who paid to get it, for free!
Go to the library and seek out books on grammar, writing, publishing — all aspects that are involved with becoming a writer. Check these books out and read them. Take notes. Apply what you’ve learned.
Search online. The internet has a lot of free resources. Seek out reputable websites that are devoted to writers. Many of them have podcasts that you can download. Listen to these on your phone or Mp3 when you’re out for a jog or during a commute.
Always go through books at garage sales or secondhand stores. You can get great resources for your own personal library at a fraction of the price of new.
You see, money doesn’t have to stand between you and your education. Don’t let it be the excuse why you can’t learn. While some jobs do require a degree of sorts, many do not. Many potential employers consider knowledge and experience just as much as they do a degree.
As a freelance writer, you can’t go wrong by continually educating yourself and constantly improving your skills and independent thinking. You’ll find yourself to be more confident which will make you more successful.