Guest Post by Toni Star

How to Remain Globally Relevant as a Freelance Writer

As a freelance writer I feel responsible in writing not only what I feel is relevant to the US but also articles that inform and inspire others, globally. Having written several comprehensive “green” articles and other articles about how to care for our earth, I feel that I am making a difference toward global awareness of our planet’s resources and how each of us can work together or individually, to make a difference.

In addition, my interactions with several freelance writers overseas has helped me and my readers to better understand worldwide issues at hand such as global warming, and other human and earth issues that affect many countries such as food, population, health issues and jobs.

To achieve and further spread the news of how our planet is doing, I have also learned that there are specific areas of knowledge that need to be sought out and then applied such as knowing the geography of our earth. Researching and then sharing information about the geography of our planet offers information and insights to the reader which may possibly inspire the reader to do what he or she can do to make our earth a healthier and more compatible place to live.

Understanding how life works in different parts of the world also helps me and my readers to appreciate the intricacies of a global world and how different parts of the world grow, learn and cope. Knowing the histories of countries—how they came about, what their economic situations are and how they have improved or digressed—-is a helpful way to understand why customs, religions, politics and people interact with each other and the rest of the world.

Another great way to remain globally relevant as a freelance writer is to read about how other countries interact with each other; what their main goals are and what they’re doing to make their countries strong and productive. How countries in the past get along or don’t get along, also help one to understand the past and also what concerns those countries may be facing in the future.

Still another great way to remain globally relevant as a freelance writer is to read books that specifically discuss how other parts of the world live and interact with each other and what they think about the US and countries close to them. By reading books that discuss how others live, how their governments work and what their goals are for the future, a writer can learn, digest and then offer ideas to others that will help them understand the culture and government of said countries.

Utilizing technology can be a wonderful way to help others become more globally aware and in my own way, I feel that I am using technology well by writing articles about how our planet is doing, how interacting with others can be meaningful and helpful in understanding the past and current issues of other countries and how by writing and reading such articles freelance writers can help bring about change that is constructive and helpful. By writing articles, emails and sharing information online that concerns different countries and faiths, I continue to learn a great deal about people and this earth and I feel that I’m helping others to understand the US better.  The computer can be a wonderful tool in getting to know others; and with the speed of electronics, sharing and learning has never been easier or faster. Blogs, websites and communities online can also be very helpful in getting to know others and in sharing information.

To further expand one’s knowledge of global issues, I have found that a freelance writer can seek out sites that are searching for good, quality articles on global issues. I have done this several times and have successfully written several “green” articles that I think, have helped to inform and educate others on how to keep our planet healthy and green.  With global warming and “green” issues becoming more and more popular and needed, it is not hard to find websites that are looking for quality and informative articles.

In addition, such sites for children as http://www.nagc.org/index.aspx?id=1442 can be quite helpful for children, especially children who are gifted and talented because the site gives them opportunities to understand different cultures by giving them the tools and experience they need to grow and develop. Such issues as cooperating in the sharing of resources, nonviolent conflict resolution, living in harmony with the environment, are just several of many topics that are offered at this site.

To conclude, there are many ways writers and readers can do to become globally relevant and in this the 21st century, there is no better time to begin such a fruitful endeavor!

T.W. Anderson is the founder of Complete Writing Solutions, and is a freelance writer specializing in travel writing, website content, interior design and home improvement, green-related topics, as well as anything else potential clients need him to be.

Posted in Being a Green Freelancer, Freelance Writing 101, Freelance Writing Tips, Uncategorized
One comment on “Guest Post by Toni Star
  1. I’d like to thank Toni for her post on Global Awareness. It’s important to understand how the differences work between the countries, as well as looking at the ties that bind, rather than only ever focusing on things like “those damned writers in India/etc. are stealing my jobs because they are willing to work for a fraction of what I need to charge to make a living. It’s so unfair!”

    Cheers!

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