Motivation is all internal, and you shouldn't be quitting you day job to attempt to be a freelance writer. This isn't to say that it is not possible for freelance writing to be a full-time career. It is, and many people support themselves with just their writing. The more you write, the better you will become. If you're like me you will run into many rejections, and revision request at the beginning, don't become discouraged. As your writing improves, and the process becomes easier you will be able to produce your own content, or ghost write for others more quickly.
As your writing improves others may begin to notice, and you may be contacted directly to write pieces for people. These orders will tend to pay a bit more, as well as be a more consistent form of work. If you've reached this point then it may be time for you begin to think of quitting you day job if your really want to be full-time freelance writer.
However, you don't want to put of all of you writing into one basket. Many writing websites such as Text Broker, Break Studios, Demand Studios, and Associated Content will pay upfront for jobs, or pieces that you have written. Associated Content will also pay you for the amount of views that your content receives. This is also known as residual content, and this is a great way for your pieces to continue to earn for you over a long period. Suite101, EHow, and InfoBarrel only pay residual income and while you do not earn anything upfront the earning potential is absolutely tremendous.
Do you ever find that you run into a mental block and can't think of anything to write? One thing that may help is when you do come up with an idea is to split it up into multiple pieces. Many freelance writers will write articles, or blog post that could easily be split into 5 or 6 different post. If you begin to do this then you won't have to think of new things to write about so often. For instance, in another piece I could write about websites that pay upfront for written pieces, and a completely different article on places that only pay residual income.
Making enough money is one of the biggest stresses when you begin freelance writing. Writing is something that can be extremely hard to break through, and often it seems like the odds are stacked against you. Many of us don't have journalism degrees, or something similar which makes us feel as if we are starting behind. I was once in that place, and to some extent I'm still there. I graduated with a degree in Exercise and Science, and will move on to get a masters degree in Sports Psychology. Instead of thinking I'm behind I'll use my deeper knowledge in these fields to write my pieces. You don't have to have a background in journalism to be a freelance writer.
I will keep anyone who reads my post updated on my progress as a freelance writer, and I would love to hear from others who have made it, as well as those who are just beginning.