How do you make money as a writer?
When you tell people you’re a writer, that’s the most common question they’ll ask. The problem is that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Every writer I know does it a little differently. We are creative by nature. You can expect our career trajectories to be as unique as we are.
Think of your writing career as a choose your own adventure book. Where you go is based on your own decisions and choices.
I remember a day that my daughter came home, obviously bothered about something. Well, I remember a lot of days like that. This one was particularly clear. When I asked her what was going on, it’s her reply that stayed with me:
“I’ll tell you. But you can’t write about it.”
That’s the kind of response that makes a writing mother cringe. Not because I’m bothered to have limits to what I write about. Well, yes, I am bothered with limits but that’s not what caused my reaction. …
How many online webinars have you seen advertised this week? And how many have you attended?
There’s a reason you’re seeing so many. It’s an effective marketing technique. You develop value-based content for the top of your funnel. Webinars are great for this. If you have solid content and your audience is promised something enticing with their commitment of time, you’re not only building trust but you’re getting them in for a pitch.
As the current COVID-19 pandemic moves forward, you’re likely seeing a lot more education offerings. This can be a great use of your downtime. …
In any writing field, the standard advice is that you need to develop a niche. The problem is that many writers have a lot of different interests. Some have extensive backgrounds in other industries. Many have hobbies and personal passions. We all have the field of writing as a possible niche because it’s what we spend the most time doing and studying.
How important is it to pick a niche? Are you doomed if you don’t choose one?
The advice to develop a niche isn’t new. Like any advice in the writing realm, you can break the rules once you…
Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. The biggest bar holiday ever invented. If the smell of beer and body odor isn’t enough to get you excited about the wearing o’ the green, you’re not drunk enough yet.
In the spirit of the holiday, we’ve devised this as a reader participation piece.
You have to take a shot after reading each entry on this list. Preferably Irish whiskey, but we’ll accept tequila or vodka.
Chicago readers, we’ll recognize you as an honorary alcoholic if you drink shots of Malort.
If you’re reading this at work, don’t worry. Your boss won’t notice. …
Back before I ever got paid for a word, the idea of making money with my writing was this sparkly, amazing dream.
In the beginning, I took some assignments that didn’t pay well. I also dealt with enough toxic client behavior to learn how to spot and avoid them.
I have gone ahead and taken on projects when the client exhibited some of these warning signs. I’d estimate that I regretted that decision about 90% of the time.
No system is 100% but I’ve found these 10 red flags have a pretty good accuracy rate. …
Literary minded writers eschew the idea of banal writing with silly tropes.
They also use words like eschew that make most people roll their eyes.
There’s nothing wrong with being a serious writer. That’s not where I’m going with this. I love literary novels that make me deconstruct the way I see the world.
The thing is that a lot of serious writers think of hack writing as something that’s beneath them. It’s something real writers are too good to contemplate.
Hack writing can be beneficial for your craft. That’s not why I got into it, but it did teach…
If you ask most people what they want in life, they’ll tell you they want to be happy.
You can find some great quotes about happiness, too. What it is, how to get it, whether it is in your control or not.
There are even psychological studies that delve into happiness as a whole scientific subject.
It’s this elusive thing. People have the hardest time defining it. They think, “I know it when I see it”…
Trying to find the definition for happiness is as difficult as nailing the meaning of love.
Everyone’s is different. Except, there’s an actual definition…
But most of us learn them by trial and error anyway.
There are a million things in this world that you learn through experience. But sometimes, those lessons are painful. I mean that sincerely. They leave you broken, emotionally upset, or give you further reason to distrust humanity in general.
Parents have always wanted to impart pieces of wisdom to their kids to save them from mistakes, painful lessons, and road rash on their backside from hitting the pavement. Sometimes you learn from the wisdom of your elders. …