My process for writing follows a similar pattern in every article that I write. I don’t say template because this is not my process, although other writers have used templates with great success. Whether you write crime or other research-based articles, though, there should be something you can take away from my process.
I am sure many of you as you read this, have travelled this journey and felt what I have. You have asked the question, 'why hasn't it worked for me?' 'What am I doing wrong?' I have been there and I know.
This week, I am scheduled to pull down my exhibition of paintings from the art centre in town. I haven’t sold any paintings, and I knew it might not have been a great time to hold an exhibition, but it is still disappointing. Facing the fact that the event cost me time and money, without any apparent benefit, is somewhat disappointing. You may know the feeling; the lump that sits in the bottom of your stomach like a rock. You might be smiling on the outside, but on the inside, you feel like crap.
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I have a love/hate relationship with self-editing. When I am nearing the end of a writing session (I never edit while I write) I can’t wait to edit. I am excited to take that mold of text-clay and shape it into something I can be proud of.
When I am through the third revision, hate is the prevailing emotion.
To make editing bearable, interesting, and effective, I have these four techniques I use every time. Techniques that can apply to all forms of writing.
1. Let it Ferment Before Editing
You will read many articles that speak about making money as a writer. The majority of the advice they offer is how to format and write articles. There is, however, another way you can make income from the articles you write.
You can use your writing to advertise a second business. This can be through directly linking to the service or product you offer or by growing your brand. Once you have grown your brand and are recognised as an authority in the topic, you can start advertising.
I started writing seriously five years ago. Like many new writers, I thought the money would be rolling in within a year. I read all the articles that said it could take at least five years to build a brand, still, I thought I knew better. My main aim was to make money on the articles I wrote.
How do you build a second business though?