How Fiction Writing Taught One Writer About Perseverance


Transitioning from fiction writing to nonfiction freelancing is a one way to diversify and hone your writing skills.

One writer went through the transition and shared what she learned in our latest Journalism Advice column. The freelancer claims that her background in fiction gave her thick skin, helped her deal with deadlines and taught her the power of perseverance:

The action of constantly reaching, keeping multiple stories circulating in the querysphere, and never wallowing for too long was an amazing gift to my nonfiction career. Persistence as a freelancer is pitching a new idea to the editor who rejected your first idea. It’s complying with an extensive rewrite. It’s chasing down the perfect expert for an interview, no matter how elusive they are or difficult their PR agent is. It’s essential to survival.

For more, including how a background in fiction can help you generate new ideas, read: 5 Ways Fiction Writing Prepared Me for Nonfiction Freelancing.

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