If you love to write articles, especially ones that might be informative then becoming a freelance writer might be something that you might want to consider doing. This is something that you can do from the comfort of your own home on your own computer. However, if you want to be published and successful, you need to learn how to write an article that is intelligent and one that people are not only going to learn something from but enjoy reading it at the same time. To do this, it's going to take a little bit of effort on your part.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you take time to pick out what topic that you want to write about. It is especially good if the topic you pick you happen to know something about. If you don't know anything about the topic, then it's going to be a little bit harder to write and you are going to need to do a lot more research than if it was something you are familiar with.
Even if you know a little about the topic, it's still a good idea that you do some research on it. This will help you get use to researching especially if you happen to eventually choose a topic that you know nothing about. If there is something that interests you and you want to write about it with or without knowledge always make sure to Google the topic to find out more about it. Even if you don't use all of the information that you gathered on a certain topic you will still have educated yourself further on this particular topic and this knowledge is going to show through the words in your article that you write.
Make sure that you use grammar properly. If your grammar is not good and your spelling also is not good, this is not going to look good to any editors you may have and it's definitely not going to look good to the readers. So it's is mandatory that you proofread each and every paragraph that you write before you submit your finished work to anyone. Even if you are writing about something that you might be an expert on, bad grammar and spelling is going to destroy all of that expertise.
You should also have the mindset of an editor. If you happen to end up writing for a certain publication and/or website, you will more than likely have your work reviewed by an editor or at least a proofreader. So when you are researching and writing your article ask yourself the things that you might think an editor is going to be asking or looking for in your article. If after you have proofread your article and it seems there are some unanswered questions, you need to realize that if you see the unanswered question, the editor will probably see the same thing.
Make sure that you are able to take being criticized and do so gracefully. There will more than likely be a time or two where the person that is reviewing what you wrote may come up with a few suggestions or find things wrong that you missed in your proofreading. If that's the case, be able to accept it and correct the things that they have pointed out to you. Remember, that someone else looking at what you wrote have far more objective eyes than you do.