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The One Trait You Must Have to Earn a High Income as a Freelance Writer

from Jennifer Goforth Gregory, ASJA

Back in 2009 I emailed the editor of the local section of the Raleigh News & Observer about freelancing for the paper, and he suggested that I regularly send over some pitches to him. So I did. Every Wednesday, three ideas. Without fail, for five months. Sometimes he responded encouraging me to keep sending, other times he gave constructive feedback, and many times I heard nothing.

Then one day his email said, "Let’s do this. 500 words by next Thursday. I can’t wait to read it." My heart jumped. Then I realized that I had no idea how to write a newspaper article. I almost emailed him back and told him I was a fraud. But my stubbornness kicked in. more


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