Freelancing is a gift to the dedicated few. Writing is an art, a skill developed over a period of time. Freelance writing is that gift which enables an individual to not only develop but also polish his/her skills as a writer. It removes the reasons responsible for poor quality of work or factors responsible for killing passion. Freelancing helps you to make best use of the most productive hours of the day. Those hours which are otherwise lost in traveling or waiting in long queues. According to science, the morning hours are considered to be the best and the most productive hours of the day. But often, these hours are lost in other energy draining activities. The advantage of freelancing is that it helps us to make a good use of those hours and work efficiently.
The work from home facility aims at providing job opportunities to dedicated individuals who are looking to make money. By working from home, an individual learns about various aspects related to writing which he/ she will never learn otherwise. Freelancing opens the door of new opportunities to the one who wants to do hard work and is willing to learn new things. One of the most important characters of a good writer is to learn and the ability to apply what has been learnt. Time plays a very important role in shaping the future of any individual. It is said that, ‘time respects those who respect time’. While some just consider freelancing to be a getaway from hard work, only to realize in the end that it cannot be endured without it. Freelancing demands one’s time and dedication. It requires honesty and conviction from the writer’s side. These small steps will ensure a giant leap towards a golden future. While writing may be an easy task for some and not so easy for others, there are some common errors committed by both. The free flow of thoughts is very important if one wants to establish oneself as a writer.
Mistakes are acceptable, till the time they are corrected. Repeated mistakes are not acceptable and can act as a stumbling block on your road to success. It is the duty of a freelance writer to learn from his/her mistakes and capitalize on the opportunities that are given. Working as a freelancer is a blessing if it is accompanied by true dedication and hard work. In order to achieve that standard, one must know how to learn from their mistakes. The following are the common mistakes that are committed by a freelance writer and the only golden rule to avoid them are ‘’don’t waste your precious time to these mistakes!’’
English language is a funny language and the common errors are as follows:
Determiners are used to either demonstrate or show possession. For eg; this is my car. Here the determiner is this. The common mistakes related to determiners are the absence of them in a sentence. Whenever one is in flow and writes non stop, determiners at times are neglected. One has to be very careful while writing and make sure that determiners are properly used.
They are used to define places and positions. They are often misused for example saying “I killed him by a sword” is a wrong sentence formation. The right sentence will be “I killed him with a sword.” Many times we use ‘in’ and ‘at’, at wrong places. For eg; the party was at my friend’s place. The common mistake that one would make in this is, the party was in my friend’s place. Prepositions are to be used carefully. They form a very important part of grammar.
Articles are important in sentence construction. These are a, an and the. The common mistake we make with articles is that we judge them by the presence of vowel or consonant whereas the right way is to judge them by the sound and not alphabet. If a word gives a sound of the vowel, then, an, is used before it. ‘The’, which is a definite article is used only with proper nouns and is omitted before the names of countries like India.
Conjunctions are connecting words. They are but, because, and etc. The common errors related to conjunctions are made when their correct meaning is not understood. For eg; She worked hard but she failed. The conjunction but is used to show contradiction and never in similar sentences like, I like bread and butter. Proper use of conjunctions will be able to convey the right message that you, as a writer, want to give to your readers.
Its & It’s
The strange case of its and it’s has haunted the writings of many writers. It is very important to understand the right meaning of these words so that much time is not wasted in their corrections. It’s is the short form of it is or it has, hence instead of writing it’s, it is better to write is or it has. Its is the possessive form of it. For eg; It’s started to rain (It has started to rain.)The possessive sentence will be Its my house on the opposite side.
Homophones are those words that are pronounced in the same way but they differ in their spellings and meanings. Most writers make a lot of mistakes related to homophones. For eg; good hair compliments good looks and we do not have full complement of workers for the project. In the first sentence, compliment is used as a remark. In the second sentence, complement is used to denote quantity, assortment or number. Some other common misspelt homophones are,
1 Practice and Practise
2 There and Their
3 Flee and Flea
4 Axel and Axle
5 Principal and Principle
6 Stationary and Stationery etc
Spellings form the most important part of any sentence. Wrong spellings are the most common mistakes that one makes and wastes a lot of time in order to write the correct spelling. Following are the words, for which spelling errors are most made,
1 Necessary and not necessary
2 Colonel and not kernel
3 Woolen and not woolen
4 Lieutenant etc.
The above mentioned errors are most commonly made by good writers and ordinary writers. A good check on these errors will ensure a good and error free content.