How To Become A Successful Writer

 

How to become a successful writer.7 tips on how to become a successful writer

Do you want to become a successful writer? Keep in mind that writing is like any other job. You need to practice a lot to see results. As a writer, you spend one boring part of the day on writing words, and the other boring part on erasing them again.

Your writing career will not come of the ground before you start bleeding on the paper. However, don’t let that fact turn you off. Writing can be a lot of fun if you approach it correctly, and when you see positive results. Use these tips to become a successful writer.

1. Get out of your cave

Writing can be done alone, but you need others to become successful. So, at some point you need to get out of your writers cave. Cut off your beard, take a shower, dust off your clothes, and start networking with publishers, proofreaders, editors etc. You will need them eventually.

2. Join writing contests

At many writing contests, your work will be reviewed by experts. They often provide feedback, and If your are lucky they will recognize your talent. This can result in a nice price, a free publication or a new work connection with the experts.

3. Volunteer to gain credentials

I have done some interesting volunteer writing assignments. Similar paid jobs where difficult to find. Think digital signage and newspaper articles. Although unpaid, these jobs can help to gain writing credentials. Become a well known writer in your region, while supporting your community.

4. Constant practice

Like every job, if you want to become an expert, you need to practice a lot. Do not aspect that talent alone will take you to the top. It will make things easier, but what really makes a difference is your willingness to write and write and write.

5. Write with passion

For the sake of your sanity and career. Whatever topic you choose, make sure that you write about it with passion. If you don’t enjoy writing it, then your readers will not enjoy reading it. Lack of passion will lower your motivation, and then writing becomes a very boring job.

6. Attack your creation

A good writer spends more time on deleting then on creating. You have to be ruthless when it comes to erasing. It is important that you separate the indispensable sentences from the disposable ones. You will never become a successful writer if you are unable to do this.

7. To read or not to read?

To read or not to read? Opinions differ. I advice that you only read when you are not writing. During the writing process you need to depend on your own creativity. Read books when you are free. Learn about writing styles, word choices, character building and other writing related subjects.

You can do it!

Keep writing and do your best. Even if the odds are against you. Don’t get scared by the lack of talent. The world is full of untalented people who became successful by not giving up. With the right connections and the right mentality, you too can become a successful writer.

What kind of methods and tips do you use to become a successful writer? Do you read a lot of books or do you prefer to avoid them during the writing process? Which writer inspires you the most? 

Useful links

  • Tips from Stephen King: I am earning money with my writings but I am no Stephen King (not yet..). Read this informative post to learn 20 writing tricks from the master himself. Jon Morrow, the writer of this post, also explains how you can apply these tips as a blogger.
  • On Writing – A Memoir Of The Craft: Are you a big fan of Stephen King and his writings, or did the blog post from Jon Morrow inspire you. Stephen Kings reveals many useful writing tips in this book. Definitely a must read for every (aspiring) writer.
  • Writer Help Wanted: Alice Seba and Ron Douglas teach you how you can avoid critical writing mistakes and earn more money as a writer.
  • Bad writing for beginners: When you want to succeed as a writer you need learn how to write bad. This is one of my previous writing related posts. It is a good read for if you want to learn how to become successful in bad writing.
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Benefits Of Travel Writing

 

Rooftop terrace Penang - my travel writing office.5 reasons why travel writing is awesome

There are many reasons why travel writing is a great job. I listed some of them in this article. If you are an aspiring travel writer then hopefully these benefits will motivate you to achieve your goal, or you might recognize some of them, if you already out there on the road.

1. Being location independent

Being location independent is one of the reasons why travel writing is so great. Over the years I have had many offices. Imagine the difference in feeling when you are sitting behind a desk in a boring cubicle, or you sit in a tropical bar while being surrounded by mountains and a lush green jungle.

Imagine sitting on the beach under a coconut tree. The waves roll quietly against the sand, a gentle sea breeze is playing with your hair, a gradually fading sun paints red and orange colors on the white clouds, its colorful creation reflected on the infinite ocean. Do I have to motivated you more? This is the main reason why I like travel writing. I still need to work but man the view in my office.

2. Being you own boss


There is nobody who is going to tell me what I need to do. I only need to close down my laptop when I want to to quit working, and then I often have to walk just a few steps till I reach my bed. I choose the time and duration of my breaks and I choose when I want to work. If I don’t want to work, then that is fine as well.

Yes sometimes I have deadlines for my articles, but that is only because I took the tasks. I really don’t have to if I don’t want to. I can choose my own work, and therefore I don’t need to do useless or frustrating tasks. I can not get fired and I also don’t have to dress appropriately. I can just work in my green monkey printed pajama while loudly singing Lady Gaga songs.

3. Great experiences

My most important assets are my experiences. The more exiting my travel experiences are, the more likely I will entertain my readers. Therefore I often go out looking for adventures, and because of my willingness to step into something crazy I usually succeed. I get to see beautiful places or meet extraordinary people. All amazing experiences, and it is great that I am able to document all those moments while travel writing.

4. documenting your live

I am able to document large parts of my live because I often write about my own experiences. Visiting my blog often makes me realize how much memorable things I already did, when I see that large number of posts. Of course without documenting I would have memories as well, but on my blog they become more touchable and visible, in great detail and in large numbers.

Reading my own blog makes me feel more satisfied about my live. Time flies and seemingly unimportant experiences can often been forgotten. Being able to document them is satisfying and gives my live more meaning. Time seems to slow down when I pay attention to details. Being able to remember the details, and not only the large chunks, is important for me. It is one of the reasons why I like to write .

5. Uncomplicated

I will not lie. Travel writing can be difficult. But it also has many benefits. I only need are a laptop and internet. I don’t need an office or expensive machines, and therefore I have a limited amount of taxes to do. I don’t like complicated work. However, as a writer, my main task is getting words onto a screen or a paper. It is not rocket science. Not at all.

What do you like about being a travel writer, or why do you want to become one? 

 

Quick targeted traffic to your website

In this article I want to discuss a method
of getting targeted traffic to your website. This method is relatively unknown as far as I know. The traffic source that I am going to discuss is coming from guild members in online games. I am going to describe the benefits of creating such guilds

World of Warcraft

For those of you who do not know what a guild or World of Warcraft  (WoW) is, here is a brief explanation.
WoW is a big  multi player PC game. When you join the game you can create a character and enter a huge fantasy world where you can do quests, fight monsters and interact and game together with other players. As a player you can join a group of gamers or start building up your own group. Such organized groups are called guilds.

These guilds, especially if they grow bigger in members, need a solid organization. Managing the guild can be done in the game but when you want to become big and successful then you also need a website and or forum. This will give the guild a more professional look and provides you with more opportunities to manage it properly.

When it comes to making money then this is the point that I find really interesting. Once the guild and website are set up and running your going to receive a lot of returning targeted traffic to your website, coming from members in the guild or people who would like to join. I have seen guilds with more then 900 members. That is a huge amount of people and they probably have a lot to talk about and to organize. That means they will visit the forum and/or the website on a regular basis.

Building a community

Don’t get me wrong by no means it is easy to get a big guild with so many members, or even to manage it but is has its advantages compared to just starting a website / blog. In the game you can simply look at who is online, check if they are in a guild and if not you can ask them to join your guild (don’t spam it just ask them once). You can do this all day long if you want and if your dedicated then it is guaranteed that you attract a lot of people to you community in no time. For example my guild is about 3 weeks old. At the moment I have 40 active members. My blog is 6 months old and I can not even speak about a community yet, despite all my hard efforts to start one.

I am not saying that it is impossible to get quick traffic to your blog but with forming the guild and a related website I achieve quicker results when it comes to building an online community. You bond much quicker because you have adventures and fun together and when you approach players in the game then you know for sure that they are in the same interest group as you.

When the guild is growing you have to start offering guild members benefits in order for them to feel happy in the guild. For example you can start organizing in-game events. So then the next step is to direct them to you website to find out more information about those events and other guild related topics.

Another thing that makes it a lot more easy is the fact that you can make people happy with in-game rewards. The game has a system where you can gather items and in-game gold. These items can be collected by players when doing quests and killing monsters. People want those items and gold. Instead of having to buy stuff that you can give away on your website to attract people you can now make them happy with items from the game. You can also use items and gold as a reward for people that help you.

Keep it legal

There are other ways of making money with World of Warcraft. This is the result of the in game currency and because it takes a lot of time to build up your character. There are company’s, mainly in China, that make money by letting employees game all day gathering gold or building up characters. So called gold farming or power level company’s. They sell the gold or the characters to lazy gamers that want instant heroism. Blizzard (the creator of WoW) does not allow this and you can get your account banned if you get involved in those activities.

The beauty of the system I just explained is that you don’t make money with the game directly but with you website. You don’t have to worry of doing bad stuff that gives you problems later on. Keep it that way.

Respect for the game and its players

To avoid misunderstanding I want to make clear that by no means I want to try and make money by using people or by misusing the game. I absolutely love World of Warcraft as a game. It provides the opportunity to live in a fantasy world. Which I find amazing. The world in the game is huge. You can walk around for days and days and see beautiful landscapes, amazing monsters and have so much crazy adventures.

However over the years the game is criticized a lot. Many people forget the real beauty of the things I just described and they play mainly to gather items and gold. Those people often give the game a bad name and create a bad gaming experience for others.

I don’t want to be that kind of person. I created my guild website to earn some money with what I love doing so much. But I created the guild because I wanted to do something with a real meaning in the game. I support players so that they achieve a better game experience. I can influence them in a good way and show them the beautiful parts of the game. I respect my guild members and do everything I can to help them. At the same time I learn so much about organizing, leadership and management.

That was it for now. I will keep writing about my guild adventures. Articles about how to actually make money with a website will follow as well. In the meantime I would like to ask my dear readers some questions: to which (online) community do you belong and what do you think the benefits are of being a member of that community? Leave your interesting responses in the comment section below.

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10 ways to earn money

rsz_moneyI did a lot of brainstorming and research the last couple of days but now I can finally show the projects I want to start earning money with. Here they are.

1. Customers

I have my own online marketing company and I want to keep working for my self. That is why I find it very important to keep looking for new customers and projects. I am mainly looking for online marketing related projects but if something different comes a long and I believe I can do it then I take a shot at it.

2. Salary paid job

I don’t want to work for a boss and it is not a good idea to have a salary job but unfortunately I don’t make enough money yet to say goodbye to that part of life.

3. First Aid Instructor

I invested in the Emergency First Response course and became an instructor. Unfortunately I have not been active as a instructor after that. I want to change that and start teaching people how to help others in need.

4. The 4-hour work week

To important and exiting to be left out of my list. The 4-hour work week is a book written by author Timothy Ferris. He explains how to escape the 9-5 live and join the new rich. I have been studying this book for some time and I believe the methods and idea’s that are explained are great. It is a book that teaches me how to earn a lot of money and spend less time doing it. That is why I decided to list it as one of my money making projects.

5. Acting

I have been acting a lot in the past but it slowly slipped away from my life. Now I regret that and I want to start acting again because I always enjoyed doing it. Who knows maybe I can earn some money with it as well.

6. Websites

The last year I have become very interested in how to make money with a website. I am testing various method’s to achieve this and keep on doing that in the future.

7. eBay and other online auction houses

When I was playing the game World of Warcraft I got inspired by the online auction house that is being used in the game. I managed to raise a lot of fake gold by selling products on that auction house. Now I want to find out if I can achieve the same results with real money on auction sites like eBay.

8. Trade Binary options

Something I did not know about but which I want to try just for the fun of it.

9. Online surveys

If you find the right surveys then this can be a fun job to earn some extra pocket money.

10. World of Warcraft Guild

Another Idea I got from World of Warcraft. I have been playing the game fore a while and I have been a successful guild (group) leader. I started to realize that having a guild is an excellent and quick way to form a community and that can result in income as well.

Work method and planning

This is how I use the list on my daily schedule.
I have giving them priorities where as 1 is the highest priory and 10 the lowest.
Before the day ends I make my planning for the next day. Remember that planning the day ahead is really important. It will keep you on track and prevents you from running around like a headless chicken all day. I look at the above list and think of a task for every subject on the list and write them down till I have 10 tasks on my list. The most important task have priority and end up on the start of my to do list. During the day I work on all the tasks.

Rating the day

I have been reading about the advice that you should only have a limited of priorities and tasks on a day. No more then 2 priority tasks, no more then 5 projects to focus on. I do not completely follow that advice because I have found a work method that I am satisfied with. A system which helps me to be productive and yet prevents me from doing to much on a day.

For my work method I use the old school grading’s. In my country when you managed to get a 6 for you work or test then that was a sufficient grade. So now when I complete 6 items on my list I can be satisfied for the day and stop working.

Of course there are people that think 6 is still very low for a grade. At school this was certainly not the case for me but not any more. I am on a development yourney to success and success does not come with a decent 6. Today I am more satisfied with an 8 or 9 and I strive for that 10.

Over time I have found pleasure in this system. It gives me a way of grading the day. It lets me know if I was productive enough. If you keep track on the numbers than you can really see when you are slacking down or when your going up on the ladder of productivity. If you want to make it even more competitive for yourself then you could also strive to have a average grade at the end of the month for example an 8. Why not, aim high!

That is it for now. The next time I will explain more about my list of income generating ideas so make sure to come back here as I will start putting links to the projects on this page.

In the meantime I am very interested what you guys think about my list and my grading idea. Try it out for a couple of days. I would love to hear about your experiences. I am also interested in your top 10 money making list. Leave all your interesting responses in the comment section below.

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Love what you are doing

It does not matter what you do. It matters if you love what you are doing, So many people are unhappy about there job, there study, the place they live etc. Try to do something about the things in life which make you unhappy, instead of accepting your misery and trying to live with it. Life is short, have fun! The world is one big playground if you open up to the fun side.

Love what you are doing

I focus on activities that make me happy. I don’t want to have a miserable job, and have the idea that all will be better when I earned my credits. I don’t take the pain. I try to take the fun, and I want it now. Not when I am rich or when I have reached a certain form of perfection.

A variety of things


A few years ago I learned an important lesson from an article in a magazine. Often people focus on one thing that they want to achieve and they want to become the best in that subject. This often makes us disappointed because a lot of times we don’t achieve perfection.

The article taught me that it is better to have basic knowledge of a variety of things. This will often make us more happy than trying to achieve perfection in one subject. Our struggles to achieve perfection can become bitter fights full of disappointments and long days of hard and miserable work.

I have a variety of things that I am interested in. Sometimes I wish I could focus on one thing, having one passion, one thing in which I achieve perfection. However, I know that doing that will probably not make me happy, so I learned to enjoy being busy with a variety of things.

Perfection and satisfaction

Often when you think you reached perfection, unhappiness comes peeking around the corner, telling you that you could do even better than what you just achieved. You worked yourself to dead, only to realize it did not give you total satisfaction, and then you start working even more. Will it be worth it at the end?

Not only the end goal should give you satisfaction, but the way to get there should provide you with happiness as well. On certain moments it is alright to crawl trough the mud when you want to achieve something, but make sure you don’t go from one mud pool to another.

People should not spend large parts of their life feeling bad about what they are doing. Do you really want to spend your life feeling miserable? I don’t think so. Have your piece of the pie now. Make sure the path to the goal gives you great joy. Love what you are doing. The road to your success should be a triple chocolate cake, and the end goal should be the icing on that cake.

What kind of things do you love to do?  

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