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Creating Content When You’re Not a Writer – Guide For Creative Freelancers

Creating Content When You’re Not a Writer – Guide For Creative Freelancers

by Wishu
22 June 2021

As a modern freelancer, entrepreneur and creative it feels paramount that we be multidisciplinary in every sense of the word. 

Writing is one of the trades that can feel extremely overwhelming to many of us. This is because it is insanely useful – which adds pressure – and also, unlike the more abstract forms of art we are used to, quite accurate and precision-demanding. 
However, as a content creator, content marketing is essential, as you’re well aware. Content writing plays a great part in this, as it is all about creating content that will invite people to come to you because of the value you offer, instead of just pushing out a message through advertising or traditional marketing. 
Content marketing includes blog posts, email newsletters, social media, podcasts, YouTube videos, and other content that people actually want to consume. 
Writing might feel daunting because of many reasons; your dyslexia, English may not be your native tongue or you’ve never been one with words. Wishu is here to help you build your confidence and find the easiest ways to build written content even with a fear of writing. 

Repurpose other’s content

If you’re looking to bulk out your written content – read. Read what others are writing, specifically larger giants and platforms. This way, you re-word their content and add in your independent and freelancer perspective. Be sure to reference your inspiration for the article in your post to avoid plagiarism. 

 

Repurpose your own content

Transcripts are a great way to turn audial content into written content without having to do any extra work. If you have a podcast, transcript it and edit the best bits into a blog post. The same goes for YouTube videos. You can also write about your work process, clients you worked with and how to be an expert in your niche.

 

Ask the audience

Reach out to your social media audience and ask if any of them have experience writing. You can also survey your audience to better understand what content they are looking for. 

 

Collaborate with other like-minded people

Reach out and talk to other like-minded creators and collaborate on blog content. Talk about your experiences, processes, styles of work, and your niche. This way you can get not only more views of your post but also more attention from the person’s followers. 

 

The power of LISTS

A list can be anything! Recommendations of tools, practices, books, and it’s an easy way to pull together. 

 

Get your future clients on it

Interview clients that you would love to work with. Not only this works as an acquisition method but also as a great SEO based blog to attract other agency/company (aka client) readers. 

 

Hire a writer

I guess a sure-fire way to ensure that your written content is on top of its game would be to hire a writer if you have the budget. The Dots and many other online websites and software offer these freelance services. You can also hire a proofreader and/or editor if you are confident in writing your own content but feel you need someone to tidy up the edges (this is particularly useful for non-native English speakers). 

 

Ask your team

If your budget isn’t so grand, it could be worth asking members of your creative team to write if they have the time. They’ll cost less than a content writer but will still deliver great work because you’re already a connection that they respect and admire. If you have someone on your team who is good at editing, you can also record an audio “brain dump.” This is where you record your thoughts and ideas for a blog post, and then have someone else edit the content into a cohesive article.



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