I have done it. I've taken a big step on the road to becoming more professional in my outlook in freelance writing. I have been mulling this over for months and I came to the conclusion that if I wanted to be a good freelance writer I had to get serious and up my game somewhat. I've been dallying and messing about , procrastinating and not being bold enough. I've almost been 'apologetic' in my approach to my work and in how I approach editors. I have a tendency to go down the terribly typical British route of behaviour. 'I'm terribly sorry to bother you, Editor, but I've written something I don't for a minute think that you will have the remotest bit of interest in because I'm a new writer and I don't think I can write anything for you but I'm sending you this anyway.'
I have decided that a more professional approach is called for and I am determined to sharpen up my image and my writing. The first step in this plan was to enrol in a course for journalism and article writing, which I have done today. I was enrolled in another course with a different company but had to pull out as I couldn't afford to do it and due to other, person reasons that I couldn't be sure would settle by the time the course started, and so the best option was to pull out.
The situation has improved and so, because this course is considerably cheaper and I can manage the installments, I decided to take the bull by the horns and go for it. If it helps me to focus and get more of my work into print - then I'll be happy. I felt that I was lacking some of the 'know how' in my article writing and I wanted to correct that so I have a better understanding of how it all works, what editors are looking for, and how to maximise my chances of publication - as well as helping me to become a better writer. I'm hoping I will pay for the course through my writing - it's certainly a good challenge.