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Writing as a job...

So today I got to thinking how can one use their writing as a job? Obviously there is getting published in one way or another, however I always hear about how blogger's can get paid for their blogs. But how does this work?

I know when you type into google 'getting paid to write' brings up a vast wealth of knowledge on this front but how can you trust the information you are being given?

Does anyone else have any thoughts upon this subject?

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Hi Hannah,

Contact inkwellmachine

He may have some ideas. :) He has a YouTube channel with over 50,000 subscribers.
 
Follow relevant blogs on Twitter. Any posts they may have are often listed there. There's one from a site I quite like, that .. ooh, shall I? Yeah, I think I might go for it. Unpaid though - but that's okay.
 
bdcharles;bt10753 said:
Follow relevant blogs on Twitter. Any posts they may have are often listed there. There's one from a site I quite like, that .. ooh, shall I? Yeah, I think I might go for it. Unpaid though - but that's okay.

Thanks Bd however I have never quite understood how to use twitter but I will look into it. :)
 
it's usually people at the top of the game that say that you can succeed at anything you want....over the years I've talked to a good few homeless people and what made them end up on the streets..not the type to inspire you but I find them inspirational...the addicts have the life is crap and it gave me issues an they just can't deal with a certain kind of average normality..then I've come across the people that I walk away from and admire how they deal with trying...now these people would like a home to go to a family around them and a job to pay the bills to keep life ticking over and many could and have done it but they need to feel that life has more to offer..so I'm thinking fame and fortune..who doesn't want that but it's not that because they have come round to the fact that it probably ain't gonna happen now an still they just want to be themselves...cant work for anyone else,can't be arsed with paying their way...I often seek their advice and hand over a few quid....what do I get.. I have lived that life and will probably again and you don't get anything in life until you live it....so live the life of a writer
 
The advice that I've been given is to look in places that you wouldn't expect. It's not just publishing books and writing blogs/magazine articles. Marketing departments and advertisers pay for well written pages. I've worked for companies where even the millionaire boss(actually, especially the millionaire boss) couldn't type or distinguish between their, they're and there, and I had to go over ads for jobs or speeches or learning material given to new employees and correct it for errors. As with any art form, apply it wherever you can, and put yourself out there. Contact the editor of a local newspaper directly with samples of your writing, submit to contests in magazines or at libraries, confront local businesses and inquire about their need for professional writing. Of course making sure you have a portfolio website/blog set up before hand is always helpful, because you can just give them your website url.
 
Just want to advise a little caution. It's very hard to make money from writing.
 
Be a Technical Writer (or work for a Politician), or something along those lines. No one wants to hear how to really make money by writing. Sci-fi, Fantasy Novels, Poems? ....get real. And, there are no Journalists, anymore. Woodward & Bernstein of Watergate fame would not exist today. No newspaper (which is dying medium) has the money to pay for this type of investigative reporting. All receive their "feed" from a couple of sources. It is the boring writing that pays. And, there is no money in editing for mistakes like "their", "there", and "they're". Haven't you heard??? ...there are grammar sites that can do that for anyone.
 
How about perspective?

Stories/articles based on fact but written from a particular standpoint.
Something that I would love to be able to do.
 
I was hesitant to even weigh in on this. You can make money from writing I have done it for years and made a good living from it. My writing skills over the years have improved, but the technical part of writing is not what generated the money it was the message.

The ability to craft a sentence means nothing if you have nothing to say. Money is generated by selling things and convincing people to part with their hard-earned money.


I ran acompany called EmpireGP.com for 12 years, we have been out of business now for about 7 It started with an idea, a service, for me it was repairing and painting motorcycle body work. For me to make more money I needed more customers. The way to more customers was more exposer and that came by the way of posting on motorcycle forums back then, which are now basically extinct. Today I guess it would be any of the other social media venues. I had to create articles that search engines would pick up to give us better placement so people would find us doing a search.

The skill of writing consisted of me convincing a potential customer to send me his bodywork and his money. No small feat as it meant someone was sending part of something they loved to someone they never met, trusting them to make all the repairs and then send the money after seeing pictures of the repaired parts. It was all about creating a bond of trust using nothing but the written word, we had no phone for the first 4 years of business so it was my skill as a writer that made the company grow.


With out a product to sell there is little market for writing. A good story is only there to provide a starting point for the reader with the hopes of selling advertising space. As a writer, you quickly learn how valuable your words are when it appears the Editor chopped and sliced what you just wrote for space rather than content. I have seen articles I have written so chopped up that they were hardly recognizable.

The other way to make money is to go out and live life and do something noteworthy, that someone wants to read about and are willing to pay for. Something that will either ease a pain, saves them money or offer them some escape from the real world. The bottom line is that none of that is going to happen if you spend too much time haunting the imaginary world of a writing forum. Except for the ability to improve your delivery a place like this sucks the life out of you and will only hinder the prospect of doing any of the above.

You can be paid in imaginary currency here, but you asked how to make money in the real world and those answers are not going to be found here.

Look for someone who is trying to promote their business to sell either an idea,convince them you have the skills to market their products and give them exposer. The ability to sell their product starts with the ability you have, to sell yourself to them first.

As it was mentioned above, there are many out there who have the skills in running a business but lack the needed skills to help promote it, that is where I would look.
 
Good and valid points PW but we're back to square one almost.
How does a person/would be writer get started?
 
Plasticweld;bt10774 said:
The other way to make money is to go out and live life and do something noteworthy, that someone wants to read about and are willing to pay for. Something that will either ease a pain, saves them money or offer them some escape from the real world. The bottom line is that none of that is going to happen if you spend too much time haunting the imaginary world of a writing forum. Except for the ability to improve your delivery a place like this sucks the life out of you and will only hinder the prospect of doing any of the above.

So true.
I've been nowhere. Done and seen nothing of note and my life experiences amount to zilch.
Living the dream huh! Or rather dreaming the life.
 

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