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?
Since I started writing I have been amazed at the advice and support I have received from others. Writers who are well established never worry about you taking readers from them. Instead, they support you, answer your questions and share their experience. The advice has always helped a great deal, not only with my writing career but personally.
Editing polishes writing into something others want to read. On average it should take as long to edit a post as it does to write it. I am a firm believer in letting posts sit for a day before I give a final edit and publish, you may feel differently. There have been a few posts that I have written, edited and published in all in one sitting. These tend to be the more personal posts, that I am afraid I will lose my nerve to publish if I leave them.
It is that time of the year when everyone looks back on their yearly achievements. Medium is saturated with how I did this year posts. Although these posts will be extensive, they all have their place. As writers by reading how other writers improved their goals can help us. So here is my number one tip for achieving, as well as I did this year. Keep your goals where they can be seen and revisit them regularly. You need read no further, if you want more insight then stick with me.
Writing applications can be an expensive business. As this is my side-hustle and I have a family to support, I can’t afford to spend money. Here are the applications that I use. Although many offer a paid version, the reviews are for the free versions. These are my honest views and not sponsored by any company.
A commonplace book is a resource or collection of idea’s, quotes, and observations. Commonplace books are believed to have been around since antiquity. Guides to writing a commonplace book, date back as early as the 17th century. The purpose is to keep hidden gems for use later. The commonplace book does not have to be a notebook but could be a series of index cards. The project is as individual as the writer. It could even be a board on Pinterest if you enjoy technology. I prefer to take notes and then add them later, you might have another method. Again this is down to the individual choice.