FREELANCE JOURNALISM (FJ) is to be equated to a cottage industry – why? It is generally starting in the house or in a shelter. Take the case of a customer indenting for wooden carvings to be displayed in the living room and in the guest room. First type is that wooden carvings can be made simple. Second type is that the carvings can be made with some provisions catering to day to day utilities. The third type is that the carving in addition will have the reality and some message delivery for the place in which it is displayed. The first type can be compared to putting all your observations in a piece of paper through computer and sent them to magazines. The third type is that the one I suggest. It should be realistic, artistic, mind blowing and communicative of the intention or your observation. FJ being one emanates from a small place having artistic influence to the maker and visitor, we can recognise Freelance Journalism (F J) as an INTELLECTUAL COTTAGE INDUSTRY.
As for potential is concerned, Freelance writer has got a vast market even though the market is very much volatile, and is growing one. Other than the monetary consideration received by the Freelance Writer, attractive part is that he acquires fame for the freedom enjoys in writing and what else, the thrill of our views & writings are being read by neighbors and so many.
The main requirement is that Freelancer should know his craft in a unique professional manner. Let us analyze on the other basic qualifications, a freelancer should have. We will list down as under:
1. Foremost trait for a Freelance Writer is the CURIOSITY.
2. Next comes VORACIOUS READING
3. Ever lasting MEMORY
4. Inherent QUESTIONING nature
5. CHRONIC AMBIVALENCE
6. ADHERANCE TO APT & CONDUCIVE TIME – after analysis
7. Acceptable PRUDENCE
Freelance Writer loses something that is at what cost. Loss of personal time since the dead line to be met with, wrath of neighborhood because of freedom in writing and sometimes delay in realization of the monetary consideration.