Welcome back to Post #2 in the Series: How to Earn Passive Income with Affiliate Links as a Writer!
Last time, we talked all about niches and how to create yours.
Today we’ll be taking on the question of how you know if you’re qualified to write in your niche. Talking about qualifications may have the hair standing on the back of you neck, but have no fear.
Even if you aren’t qualified to write in your niche now, you can be in just one easy step.
Why Qualification Matters
We’ve talked before about how people tend to buy things from people they trust. Part of developing that kind of audience is choosing the right niche. Another part is making sure you are an authority on the subject.
People want to know they’re reading high-quality information that is either accurate, well-informed, or both.
Some topics, like art, can’t necessarily be accurate. Yet a niche blog about art should be written by someone who loves art, makes art, or consumes a ton of art.
Topics like sporting games or healthy living, though, should be written with some knowledge of the facts.
However, writing well-informed and/or accurate content does not mean you need an expensive degree or a fancy certificate. Want to become more qualified in your niche? Read on.
How to Become More Qualified in Your Niche
Believe it or not, becoming qualified in your niche only requires research. Research doesn’t have to be hard. Just like the research you did to create your niche, utilize free tools (like Google) to find information before pulling out your wallet.
How exactly should you go about researching your niche so you can become more qualified to write about it? Let’s take an example: our niche book blogger from last week.
A Case Study
After analyzing the results of all their niche audience research, our book blogger friend has decided to create a niche blog where they review YA Fantasy books about mermaids.
Our book blogger friend has one problem: they’ve never written a book review before, let alone read any YA Fantasy mermaid books! Right now, our book blogger friend is probably not qualified to write in their niche.
Not to fear! The internet is here! Our book blogger friend just needs to do a little research.
1.Our book blogger friend googles “how to write a a book review”
They find five reputable websites that go in depth about how to write a book review. Our book blogger friend then takes all the research and comes up with a method that fits their needs, niche audience, and personal writing style.
After a few practice reviews, our book blogger friend is ready for the next step!
2.Our book blogger friend googles “YA Fantasy mermaid books”
Should our friend buy the five most popular books? Probably. But they should also buy five mermaid books with middling reviews, five mermaid books with bad reviews, and five mermaid self-published e-books.
After reading all of them, our book blogger friend knows the tropes and trends of their genre and is ready to write the first book review for the YA Fantasy mermaid book review blog!
So that’s it!
How you can make sure you’re qualified to write in your niche and start making money off it. Tune in next week for Post #3: How to Choose a Profitable Niche. Leave a comment and let me know how you research topics in your niche.
Why Writers Should be Thankful for JK Rowling
With all the negative press the new Fantastic Beasts film received this week, let’s reflect on some reasons we should be grateful for JK Rowling this Thanksgiving.
1. Her Tweets to Writers
JK Rowling is known for giving to charities, but perhaps less known for the advice she gives to new writers.
On Twitter, Rowling can usually be found offering hilariously on point political commentary or sharing articles about one of her many charities. Perhaps the most revealing thing about Rowling’s interests, however, are shown in her tweets to writers.
As this article points out, Rowling has a history of jumping in on threads in which new writers bemoan how hard writing can be. As writers, we should be thankful for a superstar author like Rowling taking the time to remind us how un-glamourous was her rise to fame.
2. Paving the Way for New Writers
Before Harry Potter was released, the public viewed writers and authors as penniless artists in a world where capitalism reigned supreme.
JK Rowling’s success story convinced writers that they, too, could make a living writing.
Next time your parents or peers laugh at you for pursuing a writing career, just remind them: The Harry Potter brand is worth $25 Billion and counting.
3. Keeping the World Spoiler Free, One Tweet at a Time
If you can’t tell already, I’m a huge fan of Rowling’s Twitter platform. She always keeps it real and reminds us that she’s just like the rest of us.
Like the rest of us, Rowling hates spoilers. That’s why she started her #ProtectTheSecret campaign on Twitter to keep the plot twists in Fantastic Beasts spoiler free.
With her gigantic audience of over 14 million followers (as of this publication), Rowling always seems to use her platform for good. This time, reminding viewers everywhere just how important it is to respect peers and artists’ work.
4. Reminding Bloggers Why We’re Lucky
If you’ve read the news, Rowling is under fire for some questionable choices made regarding the newest addition to the world of Harry Potter. Authors have it tough. Once their books are published, they lose a sense of creative control over their work.
While the choices made in Fantastic Beasts 2 may have worked if published in the original series, they are under fire for stepping outside of cannon. Cannon, meaning statements originally made in the published Harry Potter series that are now taken as truth.
Online content writers– we’re lucky. We can go back and edit our posts. We can even hide out posts if we’re unsatisfied with the way they’re received.
Thanks, JK Rowling, for reminding bloggers everywhere why we should be grateful that we can edit out work long after it’s published.
What are you thankful for this season? Leave a comment and let me know. Happy writing!
What is writer’s block? Why does it happen? And how does a writer overcome it?
If you spend a lot of time writing, you’ve probably encountered writer’s block.
Writer’s block happens when a writer just can’t get words on the page. There are many reasons why writer’s block occurs, from inposter syndrome to anxiety under deadline. Writer’s block can be disheartening, but it doesn’t have to keep you from doing the thing you love.
Here is one foolproof method for overcoming writer’s block.
How to Get Over Writer’s Block
If you’ve ever taken a course in psychology, and even you haven’t, you’ve likely heard of operant conditioning. It’s a way people can make habits. It’s a way to reinforce behaviors you want to see in yourself more often.
Sound like magic? It’s not.
Conditioning is science and there are hundreds of studies that show it works. Still with me? Let me take you through the steps.
Step 1: Who Do You Love?
Well, more like what do you love?
For some people, the answer to this might be coffee or that candle you burn only on the most special of occasions. Or maybe it’s a really, really long and hot shower.
Whatever it is, you should love it enough to see it as a reward. It should be something you would cross mountains to get. Or, at the very least, something you’d pay a lot of money for if you had to.
Find something that motivates you to do things you don’t want to.
Got it? Now keep that thing you love nearby when you know you’re going to be writing and continue on to the next step.
Step 2: Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard
Anyone you ask about how to overcome writer’s block will tell you that you have to make writing a habit. Yet how do you make it a habit when typing even one word feels like a chore?
If all you can do today is type one word, do it.
Now continue on to the next step.
Step 3: Treat Yourself
The whole point of operant conditioning is to reinforce the behaviors you want to make into habit. So if you want to make writing a habit, you need to reward yourself every time you write.
How do you reward youself? With that thing you love that you stocked your house with in Step 1.
“But all I wrote today was one word!” You cry. “Does that even deserve rewarding?”
I repeat: Reward yourself.
Tomorrow, see if you can write two words. Reward yourself for that, too.
Never tell yourself that what you’re doing is too small– that’s a sure-fire way to spiral back into writer’s block. Treat yourself doesn’t just mean rewarding
Step 4: Rinse, Wash, Repeat
The best way to assure results is to continue rewarding yourself. Even when you can sit down and write for hours at a time, though, don’t forget that slice of pie after you finish!
Continuing to reinforce your writing behaviors will help you overcome writer’s block and keep it away for good.
So there you have it. Leave a comment and let me know your method for getting over writer’s block. Happy writing!
I talk about freelance writing a lot on this blog. That’s because I’m a freelance writer and this blog is devoted to people who want to freelance write, too.
With all this talk, though, you may wonder– exactly what is freelance writing?
It’s a good question because the enigmatic freelance writer is hard to pin down with one quick phrase. Freelance writers wear many hats and come in every shape and size.
A freelance writer may or may not have a day job. Some treat freelance writing as a business and can pursue the profession full time. Others see freelance writing as a way to make income on the side outside of their 9-5.
Freelance writers might write for a single individual or company. Or they might have a list of clients to whom they regularly pitch their work. Some freelance writers might be lucky enough to do a bit of both.
Magazines, either online or in print, purchase high quality articles from freelance writers. So do newspapers and online newsletters. Freelance writers who enjoy publishing for online platforms may write for large blogs.
While some freelance writers are lucky enough to write about things they love, others write on topics that aren’t so interesting so they can pay the bills for the month.
A lot of freelance writers have never been to college and are self-taught. Others have degrees in English or journalism. Still others have degrees in totally unrelated fields and find work as technical writers or creating content for trade journals.
As you can see, there is more than one way to define a freelance writer. Yet these professionals do share a few things in common.
- Freelance writers, well, write
- Freelance writers trade their writing for money
It’s encouraging for some freelance writers to know the job definition is so flexible. I’ve mentioned how freelance writing is a great career for introverts and millennials. It’s also a great career for people with multiple interests.
Freelance writers are jacks-of-all-trades but we are masters of one very important skill– we’re fantastic writers.
“But wait!” You cry. “You’ve only told me what freelance writers are! You still haven’t answered my question: what is freelance writing?”
Fine, pull my teeth why don’t ya! Here’s a definition for your resume.
Freelance writing: (noun) a form of making income by which original written works are sold or comissioned to be published in print or online.
So there you have it! An all-over-the-place attempt at an answer to the question, what is freelance writing? Leave a comment and let me know your definition of freelance writing.
Welcome to Post #1 in the Series: How to Earn Passive Income with Affiliate Links as a Writer
Today, we’re talking niches: What are they, how to create your own, and why niches are vital for affiliate marketing.
What is a niche?
According to BusinessDictionary.com, “niches do not ‘exist’ but are ‘created’ by identifying needs, wants, and requirements that are being addressed poorly or not at all by other firms, and developing and delivering goods or services to satisfy them.”
Let’s unpack that wordy sentence a little.
- A niche is a topic or product created for a target audience
- A niche offers the target audience something they want that they aren’t currently getting from current topics or products
- A niche keeps the target audience coming back for more
You may be wondering: Why create a niche at all?
The answer: People tend to purchase products through affiliate links from reviewers or bloggers they trust.
The way to gain buyers’ trust? Show them you understand what they want and know how to give it to them. You do that through niche marketing.
Also, if you want to actually make money with affiliate links, you need to give people a reason to pick your blog over the billion others on the internet.
Uncertain where to begin? Read on.
How to Create Your Niche
If you want to start making money with affiliate marketing, you need a blog. Before you start designing that blog, though, you need a niche audience to design it for.
Here are six steps you can take to create your own niche website.
- Identify the audience you want to target
- Research your competition
- Analyze what your competitors are doing that you could do better OR Analyze what’s missing from your competitors’ approach that your audience would appreciate
- Based on the above analyses, you should now have an idea for your niche
- Create high-quality content in your newly created niche
- Identify weaknesses in your niche through continued analysis of your own blog
What other qualities should you look for in a niche?
- interest – you should have a lot to say about your niche topic or product
- audience – make sure feel comfortable engaging with your target audience
- marketable products – make sure there are affiliates related to your niche
For that last one, Post #3 in this series will be a deep dive into choosing profitable niches. Stay tuned.
Case Study: Book Reviews
To make the idea of the niche a little easier to understand, let’s create a niche topic in the book review market.
For instance, let’s say you want to start a website where you review Young Adult fiction new-releases. You choose Young Adult because you know from your research that 18-29 year-olds consume more books than any other age group and tend to reach for YA.
Further, you know you want to write about YA new releases in the Fantasy genre. This is not only because you read a lot of YA Fantasy and have a lot to say about it but also because you interact with the YA Fantasy reading community.
Now, you know you want to review newly released YA Fantasy books. You know your target audience is 18-29 year-olds who read YA Fantasy. How do you find your niche?
Ask your YA fantasy loving friends what they’re missing from the book review sites they follow. Create a Twitter poll, start a Reddit forum, see what people are searching for with Google Trends.
As with all research the more quality results, the better.
Once the polls are in, analyze your data and see if there are any common themes among your target audience.
Maybe they want more reviews of self-published YA Fantasy books. Maybe they only want reviews about YA Fantasy mermaid stories.
Using your research, you should have a few ideas for your niche.
The final step before you can get to work on that website is to make sure there are affiliate products related to your niche.
Book reviewing is easy because Amazon has a great affiliate program. Include your affiliate marketer link in the book review and you’ll be on your way to making passive income in no time.
So there you have it! Drop by next Saturday for Post #2: Are You Qualified to Write in Your Niche? Leave a comment and let me know how your niche market research is going.
Millennials: Sick of the 9-5?
Interested in pursuing a freelance career?
Whether you hate driving in traffic an hour both ways or you just need a little more flexibility to pursue your hobbies, you aren’t alone. According to USA Today, 4 out of 10 Millennials view their day-job as a five-year stop on the road to a lifelong freelance career.
Yet with so many career paths for freelancers (here are 20), how’s a Millennial to choose?
Without further ado, here are 5 reasons freelance writing is the perfect career for Millennials.
1. You Can Write Anywhere
If you’re like many Millennials, you value experiences over products. Freelance writing offers Millennials the option to travel while they work. You can work as a freelance writer anywhere, as long as you have a few ideas and access to the internet.
2. Your Hobbies are Part of the Job
Freelance writers can choose to work in niches that interest them. Want to write about your love of Ultimate Frisbee? There’s a blog niche for that. Or maybe you cook anime-inspired food and want to write about it. There’s a blog niche for that, too.
3. Get Instant Gratification for Your Hard Work
From Netflix binges to Google’s infinite knowledge, Millennials love instant access. As a freelance writer, you’re paid on the spot. You see your content online the next day. You watch your likes go up as you’re working on the follow-up piece. How about that for instant gratification, Millennials?
4. Social Media is Part of Job
Freelance writing is the perfect career for Millennials who can’t get enough social media. Say so long to the days of hiding your phone under your desk at work. That’s right, Millennials– checking social media while “on the clock” is not only encouraged for freelance writers, it’s necessary.
5. No Degree Required
You can even pursue a freelance writing career if you’re one of the many Millennials without a degree. There are a million free resources to hone your writing skills online. Pick up a free eBook, search for a free how-to guide, or subscribe to this blog and you’ll be on your way to leaving that day job in no time.
So there you have it, friend. 5 reasons freelance writing is the perfect career for Millennials. Leave a comment and let me know if you want to leave your day job for a freelance career.
Ghostwriting is one of the freelance writing industry’s most mysterious professions. Every now and then, ghostwriters will make headlines for being the talent behind a celebrity’s catchy lyrics or a famous author’s poetic prose.
They definitely exist, but what exactly do ghostwriters do? Where can you find ghostwriters for hire? Most importantly– should you be a ghostwriter, too?
What are Ghostwriters?
Ghostwriters create lyrics, novels, or screenplays and sell them to someone who will claim authorship of the work.
Claiming the authorship of the work might mean putting their name on the book’s front cover or claiming the lyrics as their own on an album.
Why would someone want to hire a ghostwriter?
Not everyone can write and even fewer can write well. A celebrity might have an idea for a best-seller but have no idea how to craft a story. A businessman may want to write the next blockbuster movie yet lack the time to get it done.
The ghostwriter has the time and the expertise while the credited author has the award-winning idea.
Ghostwriting is a legal profession. That’s because the individual purchasing the ghostwritten book, song, or screenplay must have supplied the original idea for the piece of writing. This is so that they own the intellectual property– the only aspect of a creative work that is legally bound.
Where to Find Ghostwriters for Hire
1. Freelance platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, and Guru.
Anywhere you can hire a freelance writer, you can probably find a ghostwriter.
2. Ghostwriting groups like TheWritersforHire, Rhyme or Reason, and SoundBetter.
Song ghostwriting groups like Rhyme or Reason and SoundBetter offer services for songwriters and rappers.
3. Agencies like Gotham Ghostwriters, KA Writing, and Arbor Books.
By far, the largest industry for ghostwriting is book writing and book ghostwriting agencies have cornered this market. Agencies tend to have higher qualifications for their writers and working relationships with big publishers.
Should You be a Ghostwriter?
Ghostwriting jobs can be a great way to make money as a freelance writer. However, it is one freelance writing career that takes a few years or a lot of experience to break into.
Have you published a book under your own name? Do you have a history of success ghostwriting for others? Have you been working as a successful freelance content or copywriter for many years?
If you can confidently answer yes to one or more of these questions, you may be qualified to apply for ghostwriting job.
One thing to consider before pursuing a career as a ghostwriter is: do you need the spotlight for your work? Some writers crave feedback from their audience and can’t work without that affirmation. If you’re okay with letting someone else accept the praise for your work, though, ghostwriting might just be the perfect freelance writing career for you.
What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know if you are interested in working as a ghostwriter. Happy writing!
I’ve talked about passive income on this blog before. One of the ways you can earn passive income writing is to create a blog and make money through affiliate marketing. With a new post every Saturday, this series will detail how you can earn passive income with affiliate links as a writer.
Here’s a preview of what to expect.
A Case Study
There are many niches bloggers can write in and utilize affiliate links. However, for ease of understanding, this series will focus on a particular niche: book blogging. Over the next few months, I will be going in-depth into how to earn passive income book blogging with affiliate links.
Though this series will use book blogging as a case study, these steps can be applied to any niche you want to use to start a blog or site.
The Six-Step Process
1. Creating your niche
- what is a niche?
- are you qualified to write content in your niche?
- is your niche profitable?
2. Choosing your site builder
- what is a site builder?
- how to choose the right site builder
- how to choose the right plan for your site
3. Designing your site
- what are brand, mission, and vision statements?
- how to choose your brand, mission, and vision statement
- how to choose the right theme
4. Writing Copy
- what is copywriting?
- how to write copy
- SEO basics for copywriting
5. Creating content
- what is content writing?
- how to write content
- SEO basics for content writing
6. Everything you need to know about affiliate marketing
- what is affiliate marketing
- how to use affiliate links in content
- what are CTR and conversion rates plus how to improve them
- BONUS: what your expectations should be as an entry-level affiliate marketer
Why You Should Want to be an Affiliate Marketer
If you’re an online entrepreneur who wants to spend more time building your business and less time worrying about income, this series is for you. No, this is not a get rich quick scheme or a guaranteed way to retire early. Affiliate marketing is, however, a growing industry that anyone can break into with little more than a laptop and some ambition.
For more reasons to become an affiliate marketer, check out Why Become an Affiliate Marketer? 6 Powerful Reasons. Let me know in the comments what got you interested in affiliate marketing. Happy writing!
Dying for more information on earning passive income as a writer? Check out How to Earn Passive Income with No Money Upfront and tune in next Saturday to find out more about website niches.
If you want to earn passive income in 2018, this is why you should consider using your writing skills to do it.
What is Passive Income?
Passive income is money made without an active effort. This is not to say that earning passive income requires no effort at all. It just means that you invest your time and/or money upfront before you see returns.
The idea is to work hard for a short period of time and then make money off that work for years to come. This is how stock market investors operate and how many of the world’s wealthiest individuals are able to retire early– they make smart business ventures in which the returns far outweigh the cost for years to come.
Some examples of passive income are income you make from rental properties paid for in cash or Shopify stores that keep earning long after your investment is repaid.
“But rental properties are expensive!” You cry. “And Shopify stores require, at the least, marketing costs!” If you don’t have any cash to start earning passive income, do not despair:
Writing is a great way to make passive income with no money upfront.
Three Ways to Earn Passive Income Writing
So you want to make some passive income but don’t have any money to invest. Then get out that handy-dandy notebook and get to writing! Here are three ways you can make passive income without spending a dime.
1. Content Writing
Using affiliate links in your blog posts is an excellent way to start making passive income off your writing.
If you don’t have a blog yet, you should first choose a niche that is actually profitable. You will design your entire blog around this topic, so make sure it’s something that interests you and something you can write a lot about. Once you’ve decided on your niche, it’s time to design that blog!
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you need an expensive website and freelance web-designer to get your blog started. Tumblr, Wix, and a thousand other hosting sites like them offer options for free blogs that are extremely accessible to beginners. Don’t believe me? Check out this incredibly useful article with an infographic to help you find your perfect hosting site.
You have your niche and a shiny new site to blog about said niche, what next? This is where your writing skills come in– it’s time to start creating content. Include links, images, keyword loaded headers, and a few affiliate links and you’re on your way to making passive income as a content writer.
“But wait!” You cry. “Where in all of this does the actual money-making come in?” While there are multiple ways to earn passive income from your blog, I recommend doing so through affiliate marketing since this option requires no money upfront.
2. Online Course Writing
Do you like teaching almost as much as you love writing? If your answer to that question is yes, you may want to consider writing online courses to earn passive income.
Creating an online course is easy. Similar to content writing, you can teach courses through your blog or website. To start making passive income with online course writing, follow the steps to create a niche website. The only difference is, you will have an additional page highlighting the courses you offer through your website.
If you don’t want to sell the courses through your website, though, here is a list of online platforms where you can sell online courses you’ve written.
3. Book or e-Book Writing
Another great way to start making passive income is to write a book or e-book.
Since Amazon started offering free publishing services through their Kindle Direct Publishing platform, it is easier than ever to publish an e-book. Many writers find this to be an extremely attractive option for earning passive income since Amazon offers you 70% of the royalties you earn off sales.
Another reason this option is ideal for writers wanting to earn passive income is the wide range of genres you can write an e-book in. You could write an information e-book teaching others how to craft novels or create their own blog. You could write serialized crime or romance novels. Or you could even write cookbooks!
“But you said this option would cost me no money upfront!” You cry. “If I want to self-publish, I’ll spend countless dollars on professional editing and the cover art and the marketing…”
While you will ultimately make less passive income through the traditional publishing process (at most, 25% royalties to KDP’s 70%), the money tends to flow to the author. This means you won’t pay any upfront costs like you would in self-publishing.
While the writing itself and the traditional publishing process will take some time, writing a book or e-book is one of the easiest ways to start making passive income with no upfront investment.
There you have it, folks! Three exciting ways to start earning passive income with your writing without having money upfront. Leave a comment and let me know how you earn passive income in 2018. Happy writing!
Want to start making passive income writing but don’t know where to start? Check out How to be a Writer in Six Steps and begin your writing journey today!
Do social outings exhaust you? Is Netflix-and-chill your version of the perfect night? If your answer to these questions is yes, you might identify as an introvert.
What is an Introvert?
While Introverts come in every shape and size- some may seem outgoing while others, extremely shy- they do share one thing in common. Introverts get their energy from spending time alone. After a night on the town, an introvert requires solitude to recharge.
Since introverts get their energy from being alone, finding the right career can often be difficult. Most jobs require some level of interaction with coworkers or customers or both. If you’re an introvert, though, you might find socializing in the breakroom exhausting. Not to mention all that actual work you have to get done!
So what’s an introvert to do?
Luckily, there are plenty of career path options open to those who prefer minimal group interaction. Careers in accounting, computer programming, and data-entry are excellent options for introverts. So is pursuing a career as a freelance writer.
Why Freelance Writing Works for Introverts
Freelance writing is a great career option for introverts because employers offer remote jobs. Introverts feel much more comfortable in the presence of a sole person or no one at all. With a career in freelancing, introverted workers can complete their work without the hassle of dealing with socializing.
Not only does freelance writing allow you to work from home, but this career choice also allows you to recharge while you’re hard at work. Working from home means your energy won’t be drained chatting with coworkers or customers. This will leave you energy for your kids, pets, and partners once the workday is over.
Finally, freelance writing allows you to choose when and how much time you want to spend around other people. If a job comes up in which you have to meet with the employer, you can choose to take it if you feel up to it. If you’re already drained from Thanksgiving with the family, though, you can pass up the job for one of the many others that are sure to come up.
Introverts rejoice, for you no longer have to stress about putting on an extroverted facade just to make it through the workday. Leave a comment and let me know how your career affects you as an introvert or extrovert. Happy writing!
So you want to be a laptop-wielding, adverb-destroying artist of the word?
Maybe you’ve dreamt about it since you were a fanfic scribbling toddler or maybe you’re a career-changing multipod who just stumbled upon the idea. Whatever path led you to the pen, these are six essential steps to becoming a writer.
Want to be a writer but don’t know where to start? Want to know how to become a writer without a degree? Read on!
1. Figure out what kind of writer you want to be
Do you dream of writing about dragons and faeries? Or is writing content for popular blogs more up your alley? Whatever you like about writing, there is a career for you. But figuring out which is right for you is the first step.
- author or ghostwriter
- blogger/content writer
- science writer
- technical writer
Knowing your niche is essential for becoming a writer. You need to know what the requirements are for jobs in your field. You need to understand the particular style and structure for the writing career you want to pursue.
Most of all, you need to know what to study.
2. Research your craft
Speaking of studying, the next step to becoming a writer is research. Depending on the type of writing career you want to pursue determines what that research will look like.
Whether it’s keeping up-to-date with a TV show you want to review or scouring blogs to get a feel for the format of keyword content, research is essential for understanding the basics of the writing craft.
Yes, there are those lucky few who seem to have been born drafting news articles or composing rhymes. Those lucky folks, though, are few and far between. For the rest of us, studying how others write is a great way to learn the basics before you begin applying what you’ve learned.
3. Practice makes perfect
Now that you know what kind of writer you want to be and you’ve learned the basics through research, it’s time to practice!
This means writing what you can when you can. Carry a notebook with you or keep the notes app on your phone handy, whatever you do, just remember the age-old adage: Practice really does make perfect when it comes to writing.
When you practice, you take the basics and apply your own unique perspective to your writing. This gives your writing style and voice, which are two aspects of writing that are extremely difficult to teach. If you want to be a writer, practice is essential for giving your pieces authentic flare.
4. Tell people you’re a writer
“Tell people I’m a writer?” You cry. “But I haven’t published anything! Haven’t posted my first blog! Haven’t even sold my first article!”
Hear me out: Humans are social creatures. We find it rewarding when others celebrate our successes with us. Rewards = motivation and motivation = desire to keep writing.
Not only will this help with motivation but it also helps hold you accountable. Maybe telling mom that you’re a writer will finally give you that push you need to apply for an internship at your local newspaper. When others know your goals, there is someone else rooting for you to succeed.
5. Join writing communities
Speaking of accountability, the penultimate step toward becoming a writer is joining writing communities! Depending on your interests, there are many different platforms to engage with your writing community.
Here are just a few ways to get in touch with the writing community:
- Youtube has Booktube and Authortube
- Instagram has Bookstagram
- Twitter is home to a diverse community of political commentators, authors, and journalists
- Writing forums online
- Conferences in your area
Writing can be a solitary career so interacting with your fellow writers is a great way to stay social. Additionally, joining a community of writers is a great way to network and get your name out into the writing world.
6. Support other writers like you
Connecting with other writers is just as important as supporting their work. Whether you chalk it up to karma or the power of positive thinking or Newton’s third law, supporting other writers will make them want to support you.
Buy or review books. Share and comment on blog posts. Like critics’ reviews.
Helping out your fellow writers shouldn’t be hard. It should, however, be an essential step on your checklist of how to be a writer.
That’s it! Six easy breezy steps and you can become a writer.
But wait! You cry. You didn’t mention going to college! Or buying books on writing!
You’re right. I didn’t mention either of those things because I believe anyone can be a writer. That’s right, you don’t need to spend tons of money on a degree or break the bank to afford expensive texts on how to write. There is one thing more powerful than both of those combined: the internet.
There a million (free!) resources online that you can take advantage of to further your writing abilities. If you have the money to spend, go for it! If you’re desperate for knowledge and short on cash, though, do not despair: This blog and a hundred others like it are here to help.
So there you have it: Six essential steps you should take on your path to becoming a writer. Leave a comment and let me know what made you decide to become a writer. Happy writing!