Chantal McCulligh didn’t set out to be a freelance writer; it just naturally happened after she launched her blog. Chantal was kind enough to share her experiences with all CFWJ readers in an interview.
How did you get your start in freelance writing?
I started freelancing randomly, actually. It wasn’t planned. I maintained my own personal blog (www.chantalmcculligh.com) and from that, companies began to recognize my unique style of writing and through word of mouth, I have now been freelance writing for three years and do not plan on stopping.
How long have you been freelancing?
What drew you to freelancing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing because of the simple fact that everything can be revealed through words; emotion, memories, thoughts, advice, life. etc. As mentioned, I did it just for fun, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to have my passion become my career.
What sort of writing do you specialize in?
I definitely excel in conversational, witty, and an informal style of writing, but do write to all different kinds of requirements.
What, to you, is the best part about being a freelance writer?
Being able to share a world with someone else through words. It’s phenomenal, really. Also, the opportunity to write in different niches allows me to truly learn something new every day.
What is the hardest part about freelancing?
The hardest thing about freelancing is probably the stigma that is attached to it. Us freelancers don’t get to sit on a couch in our pajamas while watching our favourite television shows. It’s work, and any serious freelance writer knows that words don’t just flow to the paper or screen.
What was your favourite or most memorable job?
The opportunities and fabulous people that I’ve met are certainly the best part of the job. I’ve had the opportunity to travel and do things that I would have never done, or had the to opportunity to do had I not become a freelance writer. The friendships that I have created with clients are definitely a great benefit to this career choice.
Do you have any writing tips that work for you?
Write with a glass of wine and edit sober. Just kidding! Write as if you were speaking to someone face-to-face. This works for all niches and ensures that all content remains captivating.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the profession?
Build a prestigious repertoire and portfolio. Word of mouth goes a long way, so make sure that all clients are beyond satisfied with the work you provide.
What’s one “tool of the trade” you simply couldn’t live without, whether a piece of software, computer, favourite pen, etc.?
My iPhone. I always say that I work 24/7 because even when I’m not sitting at my Macbook, my brain is constantly flowing with new ideas so I constantly find myself resorting to my notepad or voice notes to record a catchy sentence that comes to mind, or new article ideas.
Is there anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
If you love something, don’t stop until you have it.
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