It’s pretty much the dream of many of us here, earning enough from writing to quit our office or any other job we’ve been doing to make ends meet, all the while trying to make it as a writer.
If you’ve been fighting this fight for a while now, you know how difficult it is to make a living from writing. It takes lots of time, lots of effort and lots and lots of determination.
Writing is not for the faint hearted.
We often see in movies how a writer is depicted, sitting by the window mulling over thoughts, papers scattered on a beautiful wooden table, frustration over the lack of inspiration or feverish bouts of writing.
Yeah, right. We all write like that. Sure.
If you think building a career as a writer works like how it is in a movie — you write a book, you get “discovered” by a publisher/agent, you swim in royalties money and everyone lives happily ever after — please, do yourself a favour, go read Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing’.
Before you start your journey as a writer, keep in mind where and how Mr King started his writing career. And the road he had to travel to get where he is.
It’s not easy. Not at all. But then, it’s not impossible.
I first made my decision to jump into the writing pool in October 2018.
Much time has passed since then.
Looking back, I wish someone would just point me in some direction, hold my hand and lead the way.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
Each and every one of us will walk a different path.
We will read different things, meet different mentors, follow in their footsteps or combine different paths and make our own. Whichever it is, the combination for success for each and everyone of us differs as we embark on our writing journeys.
I have read many different articles on writing and how to make a career out of it. Many of these articles touch upon the mechanics of writing and only a handful teaches you how to actually earn from writing, eg. where to find writing jobs.
As important as it is to master the craft, it is also equally important to know where to find jobs that will put food on the table.
I read and search everyday for writing tools and resources. So far, I have bookmarked for my own reference a handful articles with useful writing resources — techniques as well as where to land writing gigs.
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In this article, I would like to share with you 10 Medium articles that have helped me with my writing career.
#1 — These 10 Strategies Will Springboard Your Writing Success on Medium by Sarah Cy
At this point where I am right now in Medium, I have pretty much learned nearly everything in this article. I’m sharing this with you because it pretty much sums up all you need to know and do to make it here in Medium as a writer. This is very useful especially to those of you who are just starting out here. You can read the article here:
These 10 Strategies Will Springboard Your Writing Success on Medium
You are writing on Medium for a reason: You have great ideas that need to be heard.
#2 — How to Create a Killer Headline that Hooks Readers by Darryl Brooks
I believe each and every one of you has something valuable to share, something someone out there needs. But the Internet is a very, very crowded place. And nothing sums it up better than Darryl Brooks’s subtitle:
If they don’t click on it, you have wasted your time.
— Darryl Brooks
The readers must click first before you can get any words in.
This article has helped me understand and utilize headlines better:
How to Create a Killer Headline that Hooks Readers
If They Don’t Click On It, You Have Wasted Your Time
#3 — 6 Things I Learned in One Year of Full-Time Freelancing by Michael Stover
You know what’s the hardest part of embarking on a new journey? Not knowing what to expect, what’s normal during the journey (and what’s not), and what the journey looks like (roughly).
This article provides an insight on what it’s like to be a freelancer and better yet, the author shares all the valuable gems, the lessons he had learned over the year as he embarked on his own journey.
Definitely worth a read:
6 Things I Learned in One Year of Full-Time Freelancing
Today, I sat at my computer and began typing some observations after looking back on my first year as a full-time…
#4 — How to Make Your Writing Captivating with One Simple Technique by Nicole Bianchi
I have stumbled upon this author’s writing purely by accident as I was browsing through the titles recommended for me and I have bookmarked tons of her other articles since. To those of you honing your craft as as a copywriter, this is a great tool to have in your arsenal:
How to Make Your Writing Captivating with One Simple Technique
A secret strategy of pro copywriters
#5–4 Noteworthy Takeaways from Copywriting Secrets, the Medium Publication by Obinna Morton
Another great lessons on copywriting I would highly recommend to those of you looking to make copywriting your long term career. Learn the craft:
4 Noteworthy Takeaways from Copywriting Secrets, the Medium Publication
There are more than four, but this is a good, round number to start.
#6 — A Quick Guide To Getting Paid For Your Writing by Simone Michaud 🖋
From $400 to $4k a month. This author is definitely worth reading. She shares all the lessons she had learned in her journey of becoming a writer. This article holds everything you need to know to smoothen your journey towards becoming a writer:
A Quick Guide To Getting Paid For Your Writing
It took me years to get up to making over $4k a month from writing. In the beginning of my career, I was barely…
#7 — How to Earn Money on the Medium Platform by Glenn Stok
So many articles on how to make money in Medium. Though there are a whole lot more I’ll share with you in my weekly newsletter, this one is worth eye-balling. It’s well structured, easy to digest and the best part: the author shares with us other platforms where we can make money online as a writer:
#8 — The Best Sites for Freelance Writers Looking for Extra Income by Leo Serafico
This author is worth a following. If you haven’t followed her, you should. She has shared a number of helpful articles on where to find freelance writing jobs, websites you can visit to browse for work as a freelance writer. This is just one of the few she has shared:
The Best Sites for Freelance Writers Looking for Extra Income
I’ve been freelance writing for a little over 3 years now and has offered my services to multiple websites. I still…
#9–5 Ways I Monetize My Blog by Stephen Dalton
Do you own a blog? You just started blogging? Or better yet, your blog possesses already quite a number of following? Not only teaching you how to monetize your blog, the author also provides helpful links that direct you to the right resources:
#10 — How I Made $11,000 From Writing in 30 Days by Tim Denning
Saved the best for the last.
I’ve followed this author for quite some time now. I really love his articles and I have learned a lot from them. He’s very generous with his knowledge and his expertise and his articles are definitely worth its weight in gold. One I’ve read and bookmarked for future reference:
I have stumbled upon Zulie Rane’s Youtube channel purely by chance and I’m hooked!
This author genuinely wants to help people earn a living through writing in Medium and you can feel the sincerity in all her videos. To those of you who are just starting here, I highly recommend you watch this to get a better grasp of how to navigate the platform and make the best out of it:
I have been on my journey for nearly 2 years now and although it gets exhausting sometimes, I love every second of it. Yes, the struggles too.
As hard as it is, without the struggles, I wouldn’t have learned.
I have met so many wonderful people who have helped me through this journey and although I’m not there where I aim to be yet (still a long way to go), I want to pass on what has been so generously given to me.
I hope this wealth of resources help you find your way towards your goal of becoming a writer.