“I want to start freelancing, but I don’t have any clips. What should I do?”
It’s a common problem that comes up in the adult-education classes I teach: What do you do when you don’t have any clips? Don’t worry, I assure my students – no one was born with clips, and editors know this. The most effective way to overcome a lack of writing credentials, I tell them, is to write the story that would not be written if not for you.