Eventually, I realized that although freelance writing wasn’t the most lucrative career path, I was so happy that I could follow my passion and enjoy some flexibility in my schedule that I decided to stick with it.
Perhaps someday I’ll settle into a 9–5 job instead, but for now, I’m satisfied with freelancing.
I got to take some creative writing workshops, which were typically my favorites and helped me improve as a writer more than any other courses.
My electives were basically choices between analyzing different subjects, time periods, authors, or cultures through literature.
I’m sure that some of them freelanced occasionally, but it was never talked about.
I had to figure out the importance of Linked In and social media on my own — and I still have so much to learn that it gets a bit overwhelming.
Along with superior writing skills, it often falls upon writers to do exhaustive research when writing, so they must have superior research skills as well.
They may be called upon to parse data and find the story within that data and write about it, so they should be able to understand data and data sets.
For example, I took classes focusing on Dante and British literature.
In terms of subject matter, there were very few classes that lined up with the topics I write about today.