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Chitrangada loves to read and write.The many possibilities of Online writing excites, and enthuses her, to rediscover herself as a writer.

Earn while you write --content writing

Earn while you write --content writing

How To Start Online Content Writing?

All of us have been beginners earlier. As such, many of those aspiring to be writers, would be able to relate to this article.

It is difficult for the new and aspiring writers to understand, exactly how to begin, and from where to start.

At times, these beginners do not have a clue, about the kind of writing, they want to do, or the path they want to follow.

Perhaps, the most difficult thing for them is to understand, how to give shape to their brilliant ideas, into wonderful writing.

Benefits of Freelance writing, especially in the context of Online writing:

  • As a Freelance writer, one can earn a lot and it is a fascinating vocation, and there is no doubt about that.
  • At the same time, you can widen your horizons, satisfy your creative desires, earn a lot of personal satisfaction, to see your name as a published author.
  • Writing is fun, enjoyment, and makes you knowledgeable, as you are always learning something new.
  • There are a number of sites on the Internet, where you can start your Freelance career. HubPages is one of the perfect platforms, to give shape to your creative ideas.
  • I have written for other online websites. But I feel that the layout, the capsules etc. on HubPages, is more user friendly, than the other websites.
  • The best part is the interaction with the other fellow writers, which helps you learn, improve and polish the art of writing.
  • The greatest plus point of Online Freelance Writing is that you can pursue this, along with your regular job, and as per your choice of time.
  • You satisfy your creative desire to write, and even get paid for it, and I think this is wonderful.


“The life of the professional writer - like that of any freelance, whether she be a plumber or a podiatrist - is predicated on willpower. Without it there simply wouldn't be any remuneration, period.”

-----Will Self

Pen down your creative ideas into an organised way

Pen down your creative ideas into an organised way

Do you need special qualities to become a Freelance Writer?

You do not need any special background to become a published writer. Successful writers come from all walks of life.

What are the requirements then?

  • Genuine desire to write and express;
  • A flair and mastery in the language, in which you wish to write;
  • Some creative ideas and imagination;
  • Lot of patience and enthusiasm;
  • The desire to learn, from the experience of yourself, and of others.

When I started writing Online, I did not have much idea, even about the computers. Although, I was writing as a hobby at my school and college. But slowly, I started learning the art of Online writing, and learning is always fun, irrespective of age. One can never feel old, if the mind is active, and still enjoys learning new things.

Be well versed in computers

Be well versed in computers

Important Points to be Considered While Submitting Your Writing

Many freelancers kick-start by writing, substandard material, and submit it for publishing.

Such substandard writings, may face rejection, which demoralises the writers.

The fundamental points to be kept in mind, whenever you write, and submit something for publishing, can be summed up as follows:

Remember the C word. The Content should be----

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  1. Clear

  2. Concise

  3. Complete

  4. Constructive

  5. Credible

  6. Correct

  7. Coherent

  8. Captivating

  9. Conversational

Besides, Read, and Reread,

Revise, and again Revise,

Edit, and Re-edit,

before publishing.

To specialise, or not to specialise? That is, to niche or not to niche?

  • One thing always bothers writers—-which subject or topic, they should focus on, while writing.
  • Initially, it may take a little time to understand, what exactly is your interest. In other words, on which topic, you are more comfortable in writing and expressing, and that too effectively.
  • Sometimes the feedback from the fellow writers, and readers of your content, helps you to discover yourself.
  • But it is definitely better to specialise.
  • You will find yourself writing more often, and perhaps with more feeling, on topics and subjects, that are of special interest to you.
  • The topics can vary from Politics, Relationship issues, Environment, Children, Parenting, Entertainment, Household topics, or any other latest trends.
  • As you progress as a writer, you are in a better position to understand your specialisation, and you can use this, to your advantage.
  • People will look forward to, what you have to say, on that particular subject and your writings will become a 'Must Read' for them.

How and when I started writing online?

Since childhood, I was interested in reading and writing. Here, it’s important to repeat the most repeated sentence about writing:

Read a lot, if you want to be a good writer.

Yes, that’s true!
I was growing up during a time, when there were no computers, and no internet.
Therefore, we used to read physical books, and reading was my favourite activity.

I loved writing the ‘Diary,’ a daily activity, without realising that it developed my language, the sentence construction, and my ability of expression.

Writing poems, short stories, greeting cards, or even writing in school annual book, were some of my favourite activities.

My parents were aware of my interests, and always encouraged me in this regard.

I did write some short pieces in magazines and newspapers, before I was attracted to the vast field of online writing.

How I started Online Writing:

Some twelve years ago, my children encouraged me to learn to operate the computers, so that I can express myself in online writing.

I was overjoyed to discover the various opportunities and possibilities in the field of online writing.
Before joining HubPages, I have written for some other online websites, and everything has been a learning experience.
About ten years on HubPages, and I feel, that I am still learning. Because, the writing field is such, that one should not feel, or think that now there is nothing to learn or know.

It’s a dynamic and ever changing field, especially online writing. There is no age limit for writing, and it keeps me creatively inclined, always.

Writing keeps me mentally active and agile.

Creative writing

Creative writing

To Sum Up:

An observant eye, a fertile and creative mind, enthusiasm for writing, a willingness to apply yourself, to regular, sustained hard work, and command over the language are the main prerequisites, for being successful in the field of writing.

  • The more you write, the easier it becomes.
  • Look around yourself, there is a story everywhere. You just have to organise your ideas, and pen it down; read, revise, edit and re-edit before publishing.
  • Last but not the least, be disciplined, have patience, will power, and have faith in your ability, as a writer.

Useful References, for further reading:

1. How to write online, via Wikihow

2. The ultimate guide to writing online, via Perrell

3. 20 ways to find online writing jobs, via elnacain

Interesting video on Writing tips, source:You tube

Common writing mistakes and how to avoid them, source: You tube

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.

© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan


Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 20, 2020:

Thank you Manjushree, for reading and appreciating the article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 20, 2020:

Thanks John!

Manjushree Biswas Maity from Kolkata on December 20, 2020:

good work . comprehensive write up

Manjushree Biswas Maity from Kolkata on December 20, 2020:

Good write up

John from India on July 24, 2017:

thanks Maam

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 24, 2017:

Hi John!

Glad to meet you and read your comments.

Like you I also started online writing as a hobby some five years ago. This keeps me preoccupied always and I enjoy the time spent on HubPages.

Good to learn that you became successful as a professional writer as well.

Thanks for your kind visit and positive comments!

John from India on July 24, 2017:

I started content writing as a hobby 8 years ago but now iam a professional writer. I made good use of hubpages to make money from Google adsense

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 06, 2016:

Thanks for the visit Mr. Jyoti Kothari!

I suggest you should advertise for this in job portals . Through Linked in you may get the required talent you are searching for.

Thank you!

Jyoti Kothari from Jaipur on July 06, 2016:

We need content writers for our Jewelry and Infotech business, Can you suggest some?

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2016:

Thank you Shaloo, for reading and appreciating!

Shaloo Walia from India on December 31, 2015:

good suggestions for beginners!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 13, 2015:

Thank you kbdressman, for sharing your thoughts here.

I am glad that you liked it and that it was encouraging to you.

Many thanks for your kind visit and comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 13, 2015:

Thank you Thelma Alberts, for visiting this hub for the second time. I am pleased to read your appreciative comments.

Thanks for pinning as well!

kbdressman from Clinton Township, Michigan on May 12, 2015:

My favorite idea in your hub was that "Writers are made and not Born!" That can be really hard for new writers to learn and for experienced writers to remember! Thanks for the reminder! I needed the encouragement!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 11, 2015:

I have read this for the second time and it is still very informative and inspiring to me. Pinned it to my writing board just in case I need it again.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 14, 2014:

Thanks SANJAY LAKHANPALji, for your visit and comments!

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on November 14, 2014:

Thanks for the suggestions. I will remember the tips.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 21, 2014:

Thank you Kerry Endeko, for your kind visit and comment! We all were beginners. I can relate to your feelings. By writing regularly, one can improve day by day--saying this by personal experience. I am glad this article is useful to you. English is not my mother tongue as well. It is good to write on subjects, in which you are well versed or you have thorough knowledge about. I am interested in a variety of topics. Therefore I enjoy writing on many topics. Before starting a hub you can go through the Learning center guide. They have explained almost everything. The HP community is very helpful and supportive. You can clarify your doubts in the Forums or Q A section. Wish you all the best and happy hubbing!

TUKE KERRY ENDEKO from Half street,Toptown, Lae CIity,Morobe Province,PAPUA NEW GUINEA on June 21, 2014:

Thank you for the great advice. I have not yet written an article to publish on hubpages. I was just scared to make mistake, especially in English grammer which is a second language to me. I was encouraged on the part of writing on "specialize" subjects. I think I'll try writing on the Subject of Music as I am a music Teacher Myself and I run a private music School in Lae City of Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. Thanks once again I really appreciate your advice.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 30, 2014:

Thanks Torrs13, for your kind visit and positive comments!

I am glad this hub is useful to you. When I started, I did not know anything about Online writing. Though I was a writer earlier, but Online writing is different.

I am still learning as everyday you come to learn something new. The community is very helpful and supportive. If at all you face problems, there is the learning center, giving answers to almost all your doubts.

I have not found a niche either, because I like variety. Though there are certain topics close to my heart, on which I write.

Welcome to HubPages and I wish you all the best!

Tori Canonge from North Carolina on May 30, 2014:

I think you gave some great advice to beginners in this hub. I never thought I would be writing for sites like Hubpages, but I'm so glad that I started because I've always enjoyed writing and this site has given me a chance to showcase my work and improve my skills. It's great to get feedback from others and to see what your niche really is. I'm still trying to find my own niche, but I'm enjoying writing about things that I've experienced and those which I have more knowledge about.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 07, 2014:

Thanks DeborahNeyens, for reading and appreciating!

I agree with you that niche writing has many advantages. But I have a tendency to get attracted to variety and I like reading and writing on various topics.

Sorry for responding late, as I was a little busy for some time.


Deborah Neyens from Iowa on April 01, 2014:

Great tips and advice. As far as niche writing, I think its does help to have a focus in terms of becoming a more efficient writer as well being viewed as an authority. But it is fun to branch out and write about different topics.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 29, 2014:

Thanks Thelma Alberts, for visiting the hub and commenting!

I agree reading, writing and the desire to learn something new are the essential characteristics of a promising writer.

Thanks for voting up!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 29, 2014:

Great advice! Reading, reading and reading besides the other abilities to write and the ability to learn something new . Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2014:

Thanks Tolovaj, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

I agree completely that there must be a desire and ability to learn to succeed in this field. I am curious and happy to learn everyday by reading other' s writings. And I have learnt so many new things here, of which I had no idea before writing Online.

Thanks and have a good day!

Tolovaj on March 19, 2014:

Great introduction to wonderful but sometimes confusing world of freelancing. I would like to add another important thing: ability to learn. If you don't like to learn, if you are not able to learn non stop, you hardly have a chance. Thank you and good luck!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 23, 2014:

Thanks aviannovice, for your visit and comments!

And I agree with you that skill, faith and passion are the key characteristics for becoming successful in the field of writing.


Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 23, 2014:

Thanks travelogyindia, for your visit and comments!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on February 23, 2014:

The keys are skill, faith and PASSION.

Santosh Gupta from Delhi on February 19, 2014:

Great Hub...

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 19, 2014:

Thanks MarleneB, for your kind visit and appreciation!

I agree that reading more and more is very important to writer good content.


Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 19, 2014:

Good advice for all writers. I find that the more I read, the better I write.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 18, 2014:

Thanks billybuc, for your kind visit and encouraging words!

I am pleased to know that you liked it.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 18, 2014:

Thanks Ericdierker, for reading and commenting!

Glad you found the ideas useful.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 18, 2014:

Thanks Devika, for your visit and continuous support! I am glad you liked the suggestions.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 18, 2014:

Very good information for those just starting out. Well done my friend.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 18, 2014:

Many good ideas here. Thank you

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 18, 2014:

Great suggestions for a beginner and helpful too.

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