For the year I have been writing on Medium I have posted five times a week most weeks. Like any writer, I have set myself a gruelling schedule. This weekend I posted on Twitter that everything I had written recently was rubbish. Not one half-finished draft thrust itself forward as a post. The advice I received was heartfelt. Whether it was advice on how to go forward or posts to say writers had been there. Each comment was a little hidden gem. The growth I feel is the result of posting to there first and then pulling my writing tips posts through to Medium. Yes, I am giving the advice away for free. I have advocated for this in several of my articles recently. You can make money other ways from your website.
The creativity train left the station, and you weren’t on it. It just happens sometimes. At the moment, I am working on a collection of small paintings for my studio sale in November. Things have been progressing along great, each painting is unique and beautiful. I have eleven almost finished small artworks. But today, I have … Continue reading Showcase Sunday – What To Do When Your Brilliant Idea Falls Flat by Froyle Davies
Promotion and social media marketing is as big a part of being a writer as producing the articles. Over the years I have tried several different methods, some have worked, others not. On Medium, older posts appear to make more money when read, than those published that month. Every month when I study my income and statistics, older posts account for on average 50% of my earnings. This is no coincidence, as I promote my old articles as much as I promote my new articles. With these three simple tips, you can make your posts evergreen. Earning from them long after they have been published.
Many writers ask me whether they should have a website, as well as writing on other platforms. My answer is always the same, yes it is essential. Websites are notorious as needing a lot of time and work before you monetise them. Not everything we do as writers should bring in instant income. Sometimes you have to play the long game. Put the foundations down now, for work further on. When I started my website, I could have used google ad's to make a small amount of money. I didn't, the followers I had would have made me 1p a month, what was the point. Now I have a substantial following, I have still not monetised my website. I want my readers to have a pleasant experience when they visit. I don't want the bombarded with adverts. This is not to say you can't make money from your website, because you can. Putting the finances aside though, a website is essential to have as a portfolio of your work. A place where prospective employers can come and see your work. A place to show a sample of your writing. Once you have established your website you can then use it to advertise your services.
I have heard many people say this is the worse year they have had. For some this might be true, for the others not. I have had far worse years than this one. The year my best-friend died was very bad. It was also the year my niece was born, so not the worse year. There have been down days and times, but generally, 2020 has been kind to me. I have completed my manuscript. Watched my baby blossom into a cheeky six-month-old. I have also had quality time with my two-year-old. My daughter is on the spectrum and the world has been a scary place for her, until now. I have watched her grown up and develop at lightning speed. How can 2020 be a bad year? There have been bad times. Times of boredom, worries over money, and the constant ache of not seeing my mum. My glass, however, is always half full. I’m not seeing my mum, but at least she is fit and healthy. With everything in life, it is your mindset that controls your experience.
I spoke Monday about a killer idea entering my head this weekend. This is the time when planning wasn't necessary. I didn't stop to plan anything I wrote for my life. This is okay. It is okay to go rogue sometimes. To ignore all the writing advice and do it your way. There is a song somewhere there. I'm going to admit something shocking now. I hardly ever plan my articles. I have an idea and I write it. Although I always have a working title, it changes as the article grows. There are many occasions that the post changes considerably since the first inception.