We all possess the potential to be a successful writer. Genres include creative writing, academic writing, technical writing, advertising copy writing, magazine writing, writing for radio and TV, songwriting, business writing; even branding and packaging writing. Browse the Internet for information on writing styles and writing opportunities. The incentive to finding writing opportunities is to find out what publishers and editors require. For example, writing for the schoolbook market is a rapidly increasing growth area. The same applies to educational books aimed at developing adult literacy and vocational skills.

How can a writer develop writing skills? Accomplished writers agree that ‘enlivening your confidence’ is imperative. When you’re embarking on something new like writing an extraordinary piece of copy, self-doubt and fear of failure might cloud your judgment and cause undue anxiety. Many writers are plagued by insecurity throughout their professional lives. Producing good writing is not simple or without effort; one simply must have conviction in one’s know-how and self-confidence. It helps to follow one’s curiosity and passion.

All that editors and publishers really want is a good story that is well written and that is aimed at a targeted audience they can sell it to – but be sure that you have something special to offer. When submitting a query letter to an editor or publisher, remember to include pertinent information about your story to grab their attention. While some established writers encourage novice writers to sign up for professional writing classes, others are adamant that writing classes should be avoided at all cost. They reason that each of us has one unique trait as a writer: our own voice. What usually happens when we take a class in writing, we are coached to write in the style of a famous writer. The learner is taught to write in a style that will not only lack originality but also prevent you from telling a story in a way that resonates to the sound of your own voice.

However, there’s nothing wrong with short courses or workshops to gain a few pointers on how to devise a framework to categorize chapters; learn the rules of grammar, editing and proofreading; finding an agent or publisher; but no one can teach you how to write. Aspiring writers must simply write and read; not just fiction, but nonfiction as well.

What should you do to find freelance writing jobs? Create a résumé that includes a set of good writing samples. There are numerous ways to find work including newsgroups, e-mail lists, search engines, and most importantly, from networking contacts like Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn. View writing jobs on the South African Writers’ Network [SAWN].