Ok, since starting Clara54, I’ve come to realize this anthem of freelance writing “write in the genre in which you’re familiar” In other words, what do you excel, or have experience in?
I’ve always balked at writing about my field of expertise. A veteran nurse of 30 s0mething years, I’ve been encouraged to write for health &fitness mags, medical journals and so forth. I’ve been so disillusioned about the state of nursing that I’d vowed not to write about what I know…ok, my personal warped sense of ethical correctness…
Anyhow, that changed recently when I got a gig writing a Chicago women’s column over at examiner.com. True, the pay is not great:( for which I’m in total agreement with more experienced writers, this should become a source for serious debate for newbie’s)… however,there is great potential for exposure here.
My most recent article at Examiner.com is about women & heart disease. February is heart health month. The article was received & commented upon by Dr. Steve Parker, a renowned specialist in weight loss. He also wrote The Advanced Mediterranean Diet. Others folks of medical pedigree sent me emails offering their services as ‘expert’ opinion for future articles!
I say, go figure…I also want to reinforce the adage of all freelance writers who instruct us to “write what you know” and if it’s not something you’re ‘expert’ in, by all means, do your research!