How I've Made Significant $$$ Writing
I've worked as a writer for various online publications writing anything from educational pieces to satire and mocking stories about my own life. But one thing that hasn't changed, from start to finish, is you should be paid for your writing. From a full time writing job to freelance writing and everything in between here are some tips, and how, I make significant money through writing about my experiences, life and day-to-day endeavors.
How to Start: I've always been very into reading and writing, so taking the leap and trying to write for publications was something I was motivated to do. There's a lot of writers, but only one of you, so it's important to take your experiences and specific voice and find what point of view you can share with the world. There were thousands of drafts of articles and ideas trying to find my voice and who I am as a writer. Once I wrote all these pieces, I narrowed down the ones I felt were the most unique and had the most potential. Then, I would edit until I had a draft that was strong enough and began to research publications that would best fit the article. Researching websites is pretty easy since all it takes is Google and digging through articles and their comments. Building your online (and searchable) resume for your writing is key, since it'll be used later to negotiate any potential future contracts.
Getting Paid: Most online magazines pay $50/article, but limit your submissions to 3-4/month. If you're consistent with submitting to one particular publication, and write articles that fit their M.O. frequently enough, this could lead to a contract deal (most are non-exclusive and allow you to write for other publications while releasing consistent content for them). While every contract is different, making sure your previous work is easily searchable and you display a wide variety of work, can help get you higher paid contracts or even have companies reaching out to you to pay you for your writing.
Staying Consistent: When you're under contract, with strict deadlines and a lot of articles that are due, it's important you make time (a consistent amount of time for each article). It's crucial to keep your work consistent and on brand. Brainstorming and asking friends for ideas can help keep you inspired. Getting into a routine is also a great way to stay consistent, even if it's as simple as going to a coffee shop a few times a week for an hour to edit.
The Future of Writing (for me at least): Writing is AWESOME! It's a great way to express yourself and get your name out there while gaining a steady income. So I'll keep it short and simple, everything is online and I love writing for various publications. I don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. Most likely, I'll take more of a backseat to in-depth articles on my own blog and focus on writing for magazines again. So stay tuned!
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