More Than Words (Writing Gigs From Home)

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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!

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The first step to good writing: READ

 

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

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay 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
2018 Median Pay $62,170 per year
$29.89 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2016 131,200
Job Outlook, 2016-26 8% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2016-26 10,000

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?

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.

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More Than Words…

 

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.

 BONUS!!

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*!

*First month only. Auto-bills at $49 from the second month forward. No refunds, cancel anytime.

 

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,

Gig on

Gwendolyn J



12 thoughts on “More Than Words (Writing Gigs From Home)

  1. Hello admin, you have a really good post here, it’s nice to see that you could get a job that you really love and complementing that with having a good boss. Many of us don’t really have that luck and that is why we opted to go for online businesses where we can be our own boss. As a writer I think that writing has evolved over the years. And wealthy affiliate truly has all the good trainings and opportunity to help an upcoming writer. Fabulous post. I could recommend those jobs to some friends though.

    1. Henderson,

      I think I could go back to GLV if I wanted to, but I am so accustomed to working on my own deadlines and under my own supervision that I might be too spoiled to call anyone “boss” anymore. As much as I loved the work, it did overwhelm me and I don’t think I could handle that with everything else I have going on now.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. 

      Take care,

      Gwendolyn J

  2. Oh, that’s a bit challenging! But, I’d like to take the challenge. 

    I’ve been blogging for quite some time now, but the platform I use is Facebook. I thought that’s okay until Facebook started censoring my content. I discovered it when I logged in using my friend’s account and I didn’t see my some of my posts!

    Now, I am considering blogging using a professional platform like the one you recommend. 

    I think, writing a long post is extremely difficult when you are not enjoying it. But with the opposite, like you’re living inside your blog post, then you won’t get tired. You will rather enjoy it as if it is your home, as if your blog post is your home and you’re LITERALLY living there.

    Lastly, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask an expert like you, here. With this long blog post of yours, how many hours or days did you spend coming up with this kind of blog post? I mean, with your research plus your actual writing, how many hours have you spent?

    1. Gomer,

      Thank you so much, but I would not call myself an expert. I am learning every day and I encourage everyone to do the same.

      Overall, I think I took a little over 16 hours to put this article together. It’s because I spend a lot of time editing and rewriting. I am a very meticulous writer. It needs to look and sound right. The images have to be relevant and meaningful and fit into the text so they don’t distract from the message.  

      I set a minimal goal of 1k words for every post and it’s not hard for me to exceed it. When I stop for a break I am usually surprised when I’m up to 1200 or 1600 words. It never feels like I wrote that much. 

      I have gotten out of bed in the middle of the night to write, sat up all night writing. Just last night, I heard my husband’s alarm go off at 3 am and told myself I would go to bed in a minute. Then I heard his alarm go off at 4 am.

      And that’s “normal”. 

      I take my time writing because I do not write for myself, I am writing to readers. I want them to feel comfortable with me like we’re sitting down having coffee and just chatting.

      I hope you felt that way, and thank you so much for stopping by. 

      Gwendolyn J

  3. Hi Gwendolyn, interesting article you have up here.

    Truly, writing is more than words these days and that’s the more reason most freelance companies are getting more and more patronage. Everyone wants something better when it comes to writing. I once worked as a freelance writer and because I couldn’t keep up with the fast developing market, I lost interest in the act of writing. I love your recommendations and I’m seriously seeking for a better platform to which I can supplement my income too through writing. So, I will check out your recommendations and read more on them. Thanks

    1. RoDarrick,

      You are welcome and thank you. 

      I have been refining my craft all of my life and my time at Wealthy Affiliate has made me even more aware of the power of words and how to use them more effectively.

      For freelance writing work, I suggested Upwork in this post. I was just on there today updating my profile. The number of gigs open for content creators, bloggers and such is mind-boggling. 

      I would also suggest looking into joining LinkedIn if you have not already. The market is wide open for freelance writers. 

      Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

      Gwendolyn J

  4. Hi Gwendolyn! This is a nice post.

    I like reading better than writing, I never thought I could write up to 3000 words. But after joining wealthy affiliate, learning the best way I could break down my content has made it very easy for me to write better and reach 3000 words per post. And I think the great motivation and encouragement comes from the incredible community in wealthy affiliate. I got constructive feedback that helped me improve and I got encouragement when I did well. Now I can only improve daily.

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Adyns,

      Avid readers can and do become excellent writers!

      Of course, having Wealthy Affiliate in your pocket is a boost in the right direction. The community is by far the most inclusive and encouraging I have ever experienced, and I am very happy there.

      It blows my mind that you are turning out 3k word articles, you go! Your keyboard must be smoking after that marathon! I have to try to pace myself because of carpal tunnel and tendonitis in both arms, but I do manage 1200-1600 on average. 

      Thank you s much for stopping by.

      Gwendolyn J

  5. Reading a book three times, now that is dedication. But then again I suppose it depends on what type of book it is. If fictional for me no, but if educational then yes that is an option.

    I was interested to read that the employment for authors in the near future was looking rather promising. With so many other types of jobs being slowly phased out, it is a relief to know that people who love writing can still profit from their hobby.

    I also enjoy writing, which is why it is so nice to have a blog on which to express yourself. I think for anyone who loves writing, the world will be their oyster.

    1. Michel,

      One thing robots can never replace humans on is writing…at least I hope so. 

      I have books I have read over ten times. I like collecting authors so my husband is always shopping for bookshelves for me. He told me once that if I filled up another one he was going to build me a tiny house to hold them all.

      I have filled two more since then, and I am still waiting for my tiny house!

      Thanks for stopping by and take care.

      Gwendolyn J

  6. Thanks for all this information! I dream of being able to supplement my income with some writing on the side. I was never a writer though and now I am trying my hand at it. I like your recommendation to read more. I love to read but it has been a long time (now that I have 2 young kids at home) that I made time for it. I may need to make it a priority though if I want to improve my writing!! Besides practice is there anything you feel helped you feel confident in your writing or is that just something that comes with time?

    1. Angela,

      writing, like any creative skill, gets better with time. The more you broaden your interests with reading the better you will get. It is truly one of those things that really only improves with doing. NOt only do you learn how to present text in different tones, but you also learn the art of crafting unique descriptions and turns of phrase.
      Let me know if you need any help!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Gwendolyn J

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