Handling Freelance Writing Competition

Earlier this month I wrote a post about building confidence as a writer. I was reminded of this the other day when I read an article about competing for freelance writing jobs. I liked what the article had to say about the fact that you only have to worry about competing with yourself. No matter how many other writers are out there, you have something unique to offer. You can build confidence as a writer by choosing not to compare yourself with other writers to the point that you don’t think you are good enough.

Another point that the article made is that clients will return if you provide good customer service, turn in work on time, follow directions and stay flexible. Focusing on being the best writer that you can be will take plenty of your time. You will only waste time if you worry about how well so-and-so is doing. Other writers should not be the measuring stick by which you assess your own success.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and apply for the writing jobs that you want. Who cares if there are hundreds of other applicants? If you meet the qualifications, you could get hired. The only competition that you need to worry about is yourself. Aspire to write better than you ever have before. Celebrate your victories.

It is healthy to admire other authors, but don’t worship them. You have your skills, your own niche, and your own value. They have theirs. Make it your goal to develop your unique writing voice. Don’t try to write in someone else’s voice. Be yourself and then get better at being you.

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