Guess what’s a key piece of all those things? WRITING FOR FREE. (.)

But at least one twenty-something I spoke to was against writing for free — at least for herself. Jessica Wakeman, staff writer for The Frisky, told me: “As an adult with an established journalism career, I have had opportunities to write places for free — like The Hairpin, which I understand can’t pay everyone — but I haven’t taken them even though I may have wanted or originally intended to. Right now, it’s more important to me to be able to pay my bills than it is to get some cooler bylines.”

Writing for Free - The Atlantic

* I’ve written for free because I didn’t have access to the audience that needed.

When should a young writer write for free

Being asked to write for a magazine is very flattering. After you've had an article or two published in their magazine, you can fairly and honestly claim their byline in your future query letters.

You should examine your relationship with this travel magazine very closely. How does it benefit you and your goals? The magazine gains by receiving free content from you, on a regular basis. What will you get in return?

You mention that you hope you can use your new travel writing position and assignments as collateral for securing press trips. Is your goal to get free travel? Or is your goal to get paid for your work? Or both?

If press trip invitations start flooding in, and if you find these magazine assignments are strong collateral when you're applying for assistance with DMOs, then by all means write for free. And use this credential to the max.

And, sooner or later, everyone will end up deciding to write for free

Also, I have to give a special shout to female writers here. If you’re contemplating writing for free, this might be because YOU DO NOT PITCH ENOUGH. I struggled with this until I started working as an editor. I turned down pitch after crappy pitch from clueless dudes who didn’t understand I’d probably accept an idea or two if THEY SENT ME BETTER PITCHES. Meanwhile, my female writer friends would mention ideas to me in passing, ideas that I loved, and they never follow up with a formal pitch. So ladies, PITCH. This question will start to become obsolete if you’re more proactive about getting paid gigs.”

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Sadly, some writers don't ask this question at all, assuming (for various reasons) that the answer must be "yes." Too many talented writers end up wasting considerable time writing for free, unable (or refusing) to believe that they could be paid for their material.There’s always a lot of debate in the freelance writing world about writing for free. The main question is: should you do it? Before I attract a hailstorm of criticism over the very notion of writing for free, let me say up front that I believe that freelance writers should get paid fairly and promptly for the work that they do.Writing for free is simply an option, never a necessity. The bottom line is that if your writing isn't good (and you know it), your energies are best spent seeking ways to improve it. If your writing good, and you believe in it, don't sell yourself short by failing to sell yourself at all!When you start out as a freelance writer, writing for free may be the quickest way to build up a portfolio of written work that you can show to prospective clients. There are many ways to approach this. You could:
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Read and Write Nepali for FREE!

Many experts say you should never work for free, regardless of your level of experience. Others hold fast to the idea of completing an internship of sorts – writing for free until you learn the ropes.

However, there are some occasions when writing for free can be a good career development move. Here are some examples:

Why I Stopped Writing for Free | Joshua Foust

Does this mean you should never write for free? Not at all! There are many excellent reasons to do so; it's just that "being new" isn't necessarily one of them. Here are some better reasons:

What about you? When, if ever, do you think freelance writers should write for free? Let me know in the comments below.

After Writing for Free, Nobody Wants to Pay Me

That last exception is the one I consider most often. I’d like to write more about music, travel and genealogy, but I’m not well-connected with those audiences. Would I write for free on those topics if you gave me a good editor and a respected platform for reaching those readers? I might – but with the expectation that such work would soon lead to getting paid, either by that publication or by someone else.