One of the few gigs that has been and continues to be most workable from home or on the road is writing.
To become a good writer, you first have to be a good reader. Make sense?
When you read other people’s work, you begin to absorb different techniques, grow your vocabulary and expand your knowledge base. Be a student of your craft until you become a master. And then, keep studying!
When I read a book, I often read it at least 3 times.
The first time is for enjoyment. The second time is to catch any hints I missed. The third time is to study the author’s style of prose and storytelling technique. I can then, fold what works for me into my own style, and grow as a writer.
Practice & Apply
I have been writing since elementary school. I loved writing papers and essays. My classmates would get nervous when we had a writing assignment of so many words. I usually exceeded the word count.
I have been looking for and taking writing gigs since the early 2000s, but the market has opened up a great deal more now. Content creators, editors, and proofreaders are in extremely high demand because all these websites need words on them somewhere.
And who better to fill them than Wordsmiths?
This is one of the reasons why I am so happy at Wealthy Affiliate. Here, I can write with purpose, with direction, and with freedom. This is what writers are looking for. And honestly, you can write about just about anything.
Social media, politics, movies, celebrity gossip, sports, childcare. It is ridiculous how much data needs to be put into words for the web browsing public’s attention. Getting and keeping that attention, now that is a whole different flavor of pie.
Writing Your Passion
I don’t know if any of you are aware of this but…
I L O V E football.
I love it.
I am always so happy when football is back.
I don’t care if it’s a repeat of a game or a game I already watched. If it’s on I’m watching it.
I have been known to watch football all day.
Once upon a time, I had a dream job. I am and always have been a writer. So I submitted an article on hope and they hired me.
They didn’t just hire me, they loved me. The owner/editor installed me as a sportswriter when he realized how obsessed I am with football, MMA, and the Olympics.
That’s about it when it comes to my sports knowledge and enthusiasm, by the way. Pretty much anything else except tennis is ho-hum for me.
The Guardian Liberty Voice is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief, DiMarkco Chandler was the best boss ever. His care and interest in his writers and editors as people is unmatched and so genuine there was pretty much nothing he couldn’t ask of me. When I worked there, I had no job. This was not work for me. It was bliss.
The only reason I am not there now is that we had bills. And being a writer is not a job you do for the pay, really. It’s akin to teaching in that way. It is a noble calling and a skill that is refined over time. Some are gifted with the ability and can influence everyone they come in contact with.
When I worked there, a lot of the positions were offered through CraigsList. It’s been 3 years and more so I’m not sure how they are recruiting these days, but I am delighted to see they are still in operation.
Unlike most other “writing jobs”, GLV doesn’t take your sample and say, “Write something else and hope you get some clicks we can pay you for”.
GLV holds intensive training sessions called Boot Camp (at least they did) designed to ensure their writers adhere to set Style & Submission Guidelines. Being there and going through Boot Camp made me a better writer, no doubt about it, and gifted me with the joy of doing what I loved for a living, if only for a short time.
Writers are placed on teams and each article is edited and proofread by hand before publishing. If you are an aspiring writer and you want to follow that passion to its ultimate, GLV is a good place to go.
Tell them Brandi sent you.
Disclaimer::: The pay structure at GLV is very lucrative and fair for ALL the writers and editors. My situation was not the norm as I saw it. As long as writers met their obligations they get paid. I got paid for what I wrote and then some. No one at GLV was responsible for me leaving.
But I’m Not a Journalist!
Other writing gigs are abundantly available online and off. According to the US Department of Labor:
|Quick Facts: Writers and Authors|
|$62,170 per year
$29.89 per hour
|Long-term on-the-job training|
|8% (As fast as average)|
A college degree in English, journalism, or communications is generally required for a full-time position as a writer or author. Experience can be gained through internships, but any form of writing that improves skill, such as blogging, is beneficial.
Employment of writers and authors is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Strong competition is expected for full-time jobs because many people are attracted to this occupation.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Writers and Authors,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/writers-and-authors.htm (visited July 7, 2019).
If you’re not a journalist, there are positions open for tech writers, review writers, copywriters, ghostwriters. There are editing and proofreading positions.
There are also sites and publishers looking for fiction writers in all possible genres. Here is just a small sample from a quick Google search for creative writing gigs.
Businesses with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter pages need someone to keep them up to date and relevant. Have you seen Wendy’s Twitter?
Congratulations on being the worst part of trail mix. https://t.co/2rwaA1AxVC
— Wendy’s (@Wendys) January 4, 2019
It’s Not Just Words
Writers in today’s economy not only need to be excellent wordsmiths. They must also possess a sense of order and flow. The days of blocks of text are long over. Readers need to be entertained. Some form of interaction or distraction is required to keep them reading. It is not just about words anymore.
We need to incorporate relevant links to authority sites and engaging images. We also need to be cognizant of relevant keywords that will allow the content to appear in SERP (Search Engine Results Pages). This overall job is not just writing, it is called Content Creation with SEO Optimization.
Google has recently updated their search engine algorithm. Not only are they looking for quality content, but long-form content (like this article!). This means that longer posts tend to rank better on Google, which can generate free organic traffic for the content. Traffic can turn into revenue, and that revenue can be shared with the content creator -that would be you, the writer- unless you sold the article as a freelancer. You can also be on a payment plan that compensates at a flat rate per so many words or per article.
The Total Package
To succeed in today’s writing market, one has to be a full package. You need fresh, engaging text -proofread and edited, of course-, relevant keywords, integrated images and the ability to put all of that together in a way that is pleasing to the major search engines.
Not to mention whoever you are writing for.
These days, there are courses on SEO, freelancing and such, that can cost more than you may be able to make within your first 6-12 months as a writer. Wealthy Affiliate offers a solution to this conundrum.
Wealthy Affiliate membership includes training on SEO, content creation, keyword optimization, image integration as well as social media marketing and generating organic traffic. The Online Entrepreneur Certification and the Affiliate Bootcamp courses guide you through creating and building a website that can create an income for you. Even if you have never done this before, you can do it here.
And the cost? Free for Starters,$49.00 a month for Premium.
You even have the option of paying bi-yearly, or yearly, with a substantial discount.
If you do decide to go Premium within the first 7 days, send me a Private Message or drop a note on my profile page. I will be delighted to give you these BONUSES:
• Unlimited access to ME as your Mentor.
• Feedback on your content and your website. We’ll cover everything from syntax to social media!
And, you will get the first month at an incredible 59% discount to only $19.00*!
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So meet me at WA and let’s write!
Have you found a writing gig that rocks? Still looking for someone to ply your trade? Leave a comment and I”ll get back to you soon.
Until next time,