At the time I am writing this, I am still on my journey of building a life as a writer. While I am still not at the level I want to be, because I have found some success, I wish to share some resources with you to help you on your path to earn money for writing.
The benefits to writing for money are great. Here are a few to keep in mind.
- Writing helps build your vocabulary
- Writing helps develop your creative mind
- Writing encourages you to learn how to organize information
- Writing helps with storytelling skills
- Writing helps to illustrate points more clearly
- Taking on clients for writing assignments requires discipline and organizational skills
- You build up your in-depth knowledge on subjects
- You get to learn about how things are connected and jump on opportunities
- You build up your self-esteem to communicate more readily and clearly
- You create valuable material that will educate, entertain, or sell ideas to others
Picking up writing assignments has helped me develop my inner drive and focus to succeed on my terms, learn the importance of over delivering to clients, and has pushed me to read more.
If you want to write, you have to read!
So many people today seem to be about take, take, take, and not giving back. When it comes to writing, if you don’t read often, and read a lot, your writing is going to fall short of your best work. Reading other people’s stories, articles, blog posts, etc. help develop our understanding of language, how to shape arguments, and expand our vocabulary. You don’t want to overuse the same 4 or 5 words to describe an event, an emotion, or a person do you? READ! No excuses… See this post if you don’t believe me!
Be a part of the writing, reading, and book worm community!
Check out your local library and support it regularly! Read books! Read the newspaper! Read blogs!
Write comments on other people’s blogs and social media platforms. Respond about how you feel, regarding writer’s posts on reputable sites. Submit short stories, poems, and prose. Engage in constructive criticism at writer workshops. Write, read, discuss, dish, and rinse and repeat. Remember, behind the stroke of the pen, or the tap of the keyboard, there is another flesh-and-blood human behind those words. That is, unless AI has finally replaced article and news writers. Gasp!
Discover your niche!
Writing about what you already know can really expand your knowledge base even more. When you write about subjects you are passionate about, it may seem like the floodgate of writing opportunities will just open up and inundate you. Embrace what you are excited about, and your writing will come through more genuinely, more passionately, and craft it with care.
Now that we have these 3 rules to keep in mind, before jumping into writing for the money…
Here are some sources to check out to get your feet wet.
- Freelance Writing Gigs
Mad About Blogging? (It’s a great way to get exposure and join the writing community!)
- Beyond Your Blog (has over 1k+ listings of various blogs looking for writers to submit)
- The Write Life
- Writers Weekly
Places to Submit Flash Fiction, etc.
- Funds For Writers
- Poet’s & Writers Magazine
- Type in “Write for us (enter subject of choice)” in the search tab and see what pops up!
No matter where you choose to start, whether its submitting poetry, trying to get a guest blog post, or entering the foray of freelance gigs… Be committed! Be patient! Write well!
Success does not come overnight, and many writers have poured in many hours to build up their client base, writing sources, and build up a portfolio. As you peruse the web searching for writing opportunities, be advised that you can pay for memberships to gain access to exclusive lists of writing opportunities, receive tricks and tips to get your pitch letter responded to quickly and successfully, or gain access to information from writers who have already been there, done that — so you don’t have to struggle as hard.
Either way, we now exist in a competitive global marketplace, but with trial and error, or careful choices of how you invest your time and money, you can find success and new found freedom, making a living from writing!
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All the best in your writing journey! Keep reading! Stay focused! Keep writing!