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Make Money Online Writing Articles and Short Stories
How to Make Money Online Writing Articles and Short Stories
If you are wondering how to make money make money online writing articles and short stories, then you have come to the right place. This article right here will show you the following:
- How much you can earn from your writing career.
- How to get started on your writing career, even if you are a novice.
- Some helpful writing tools you'll be needing.
- Where to get quality writing jobs that pay the big bucks and consistently.
How Much Can You Earn from Your Writing Career
The short answer to this question would be, it depends (solely on you).
Freelance writing as a career choice is one where you set your rates and also determine your working hours. Consequently, you alone can determine how much your paycheck would be week in week out.
Gone are the days when writing was seen solely as a hobby, or something you did part-time to earn an extra income. Now you can earn a comfortable living writing articles or short stories and do so full-time.
How Much Do Writers Make Per Article?
Every writer earns in one of two ways:
- Per word
- Per hour
The going rate per word falls between five cents per word to a dollar, fifty cents, depending on how seasoned you are. Writers who charge per hour earn around $25 to $40 per hour.
However, some sites or clients do not follow any laid down rules and if you are lucky, you could earn up to $800 per article (Sail Magazine).
Getting such gigs doesn't come easy though and you would have to be worth your weight in gold to even score one.
How to Get Started on Your Writing Career, Even if You Are a Novice
If you've decided to tow this career path, knowing how successful it can make you, then the next course of action would be to get started.
When I was starting out as a writer, I made the mistake most new writers are guilty of; jumping in excitedly with two feet and expecting to break bank almost immediately.
Now, while some writers have been lucky to hit it big from the get-go, not all of us will be so lucky and some of us will have to draft a plan and work our way to the top.
Seeing as I'm not a native English speaker, I started out trying to hone my skills as best I could. And while I might not be where I want to be yet, I'm definitely better than when I first started.
Here are some tips that definitely helped:
- Write daily, no matter how busy your schedule is. Set a target of a number of words to write daily and stick to it.
Writing often improves your writing. You might not notice it at first, but a few weeks or months down the line, you will look at a piece you produced and marvel at how well-written it is.
- Read voraciously. This is one of the easiest ways to improve your written/spoken English. When you are focused on this improvement you will find it easier to build your vocabulary, recognize the proper usage of words, and also know the right sentence construction.
The beauty of this method is that you don't even have to streamline yourself to a particular subject but should read vastly to quickly broaden your vocabulary and scope of ideas.
- Follow the Experts. On every platform you turn to, you will find people who just seem to be gifted at writing. Most are Native English speakers and consequently, have a good grasp of the language.
You want to follow these guys either openly or otherwise to learn a few things.
- Develop your writing style. It would be so easy to adopt the writing style of someone you admire, especially if it's one you love. However, you want to take care to not do this; develop yours, as only then can you sustain your writing passion.
The best writing styles are ones where the writer infuses a bit of their personality into their writing. If you have a quirky or funny personality, you want to ensure this shines through your writing. If you are not, don't force it or this will show through and make your piece appear weird.
Whatever you do, just ensure your piece passes across as much information as it's supposed to or is engaging enough to keep the reader engaged.
- Some Helpful Writing Tools You'll Be Needing
If you are a none native English speaker, here are some tools that will be especially helpful to you:
- Grammarly: This is a spell-checker tool that works with Microsoft Word or Google Docs. It is a plugin that gets to work editing your grammar and correcting your sentence construction once installed.
- ProWritingaid: This tool works similarly to Grammarly and will serve to proofread your work once done. It comes as either a free browser extension or you pay $79/year for the full software.
Other tools you'd be needing as a writer, whether you are seasoned or just starting include:
- Google Docs
- Cliche Finder
- Computer Glasses
- A plagiarism Checker
- Hemingway Editing Tool
- Coschedule Headline Analyzer
- Daily Page(to keep you focused and committed to writing daily)
Where to Get Quality Writing Jobs That Pay The Big Bucks and Consistently
Now to the fun part; where to get high-paying and consistent paying gigs.
One thing I always tell writers is that writing doesn't have to be one of those careers where you stop earning if you don't write every day. A good strategy that has always worked for me is to develop a strategy where you earn both actively and passively.
This means at each point in time, you should:
- Work for yourself
- Work for clients
Working for Yourself
This is by far my most preferred method of making money from your writing skill and one I would recommend each time.
Even if you already have an established paid writing career, you want to ensure you still have your personal gig set up where you earn passively.
I saw the importance of having one of such in 2015 when I became pregnant, had hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness), and couldn't continue writing actively.
However, because I already had a few passive income streams set up, I continued to get a few paychecks at the end of every month for the several months I was indisposed.
A few platforms to help you get started writing passively include
- Steemit (where you earn cryptocurrencies in the form of steem and SBD)
- Penpee (you earn from publishing short stories)
Except for Steemit where your articles earn for just seven days, every other platform on this list comes strongly recommended. Articles posted on here continue to earn for life, so long as they remain published and are on topics people want to read.
To help things along, ensure your articles are SEO-optimized, that way they rank and continue to pull traffic from search engines for years.
Write for Others
Writing for others is a quicker way to make money online. Other active, you'd be sure of earning a tidy income every month.
The beauty of this means is that there is no limit to how much money you can make. Obviously, some sites pay more per word, however, you should earn decently if you work hard and are committed.
Some sites to check out include:
- Blogs accepting guest posts
- Guest post magazines
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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