Hey, today I am going to provide you with some insights and tips on how to carry your passion for writing, one level higher and to earn through it. This blog is going to be a little longer, but read it till end.:) Read my previous blogs before reading this one:
1) Dedicated to all job haters;):)
2) How to leave your job and join your passion? (Part 1)
3) How to leave your job and join your passion? (Part 2)
Ok, so whatever you love to write let it be articles, stories, blogs and so on, basically it should show that you have capability of a writer. You have a good grasp of the language, its grammar and spellings. And most importantly you should be an avid reader. You should keep yourself surrounded by world of knowledge by reading a lot. It will boost your imagination and creativity too. If you don’t have the above qualities then start developing them, if you really want to make writing as your career.
Earning through writing, by only writing in a niche is surely the way, but its not the way to start your career as writer. You may have to write on any weird topics and boring ones too, like review on a fishing reel or a business plan of truck shop in your initial days. This is when your writing skills get tested. You love writing well and good, because than you won’t find yourself lethargic towards developing some skills too. And no need to join courses and classes for it, Internet is what you all can turn to, for help. Read tutorial books on writing, and keep on reading more stuff, any field, any topic. Because, some or the other day, it will certainly be helping you. Read some good quality blogs and articles. Read about some great writers and their work. Even if you don’t grasp and retain the topic info, at least it will help you improve your language and writing style. This regimen will also require you, to write more and more. Write on different topics, let it be of your interests, just write, because writing will enforce the skills you are learning.
This was all about improving your skills. Now lets start about, how to make yourself established in the world of professional writing. The very first step, as I have mentioned in previous blogs too, is creating your portfolio! Now how can you do this? Its very simple, start your own blog. You can start it on various blogging platforms like e-blogger, Tumblr or even your own website. Having your own website is the best option, if you are thinking for long term. It would need a web hosting domain and a website buyout, not much of an expense, some comes at very cheap prices too. But even if you are not ready for investing, then the blogging platforms are not a bad idea too to start with. I myself had my first blog on Tumblr. Its a great blogging platform giving you lots of customisation control on your style and the best part I like is there would be no advertisements shown on your blog.
Now you can blog about a particular niche or on variety of topics. But I would recommend to keep your window slightly large because this point you are master of no one field. But if you are, well and good, just start writing. Always make sure to make the blog engaging and such that the readers would like to come back again and again. But do not concentrate too much on making followers, you may have none tot. Its not a cause to worry! You simply have to deliver quality stuffs. Because this is going to be in your portfolio and the reviewers are going to look certainly at your work! This is what I have experienced myself.Blogging is a time consuming stuff, because you have to show some really quality stuff and in more number they are, it is better. I kept blogging for about nearly 3 months before starting as professional writer.
And one more thing that you need is, to make yourself very existing and active on social media. Create your own brand. I had this very opportunity because I already had an online fashion store called ‘Playfully Bold’ and I used this brand name for creating my presence online particularly on Twitter and Facebook.
Be consistent, tweet and post daily about the topics you are interested in and are blogging about. Learn some tips and toes of tweeting like how to include proper hashtags, tweet about trending topics and much more on various tutorials available online. Always try to post and tweet something interesting and engaging, and you will gain followers very quickly. I got my first 300 followers within 30 days. You would also, believe me. Be on Instagram and Pinterest too. Create an online page about you on sites such as aboutme.com. I have one there. Induce it as your signature in your e mails and just provide its link to somebody who wants to know about you.
This all tips for social media can be even followed if you even just want to establish yourself here. I would even recommend short courses on website like udemy.com. You will get some of them even free!
Becoming successful on social media is really a way to showcase your personality and reviewers would be surely looking at it! I really had to start from a zero in social media because I didn’t even have a Facebook account then! If you want to go one step ahead then you can use Youtube as well, for introducing each of your blog or even talking about some interesting topics.
Now, this was about establishing your portfolio and marketing yourself on social media. The next step is to start freelancing. There are various good websites for it. We will discuss freelancing and some good websites for writers in our next blog. I think it is getting a big longer. I will publish it as soon as possible, so that your link doesn’t break. Keep following me! 🙂