Flexibility in Writing

Well-established authors have the great advantage of being able to write in their own particular style. Dr. Seuss’s rhyming schemes, Edgar Allen Poe’s dark, moody language or Charles Dickens’ dry, biting humor are all easily recognizable traits.

On the other hand, budding authors do not have this luxury. If a writer wants to make a living doing what he or she loves, they need to be a sort of jack-of-all-trades. This is something that I have been experiencing lately through trying to publish to various magazines. While I usually tend to write in a more precise, narrative style, most magazine briefs need to be concise, causal and to the point.

Freelance writers need to be able to pick up a wide variety of writing styles to appeal to a wide variety of publishers. I think this is probably one of the most valuable skills a budding writer can pick up, as it greatly expands the audience that they are capable of working with.

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