As you may know, going forward, we’ll be focusing more on entrepreneurial writing — growing a real business with your writing skills. I know that readers come to this blog, wondering whether/ if/ how they can become a writer.
These days, whether they like it or not, almost everyone everywhere is a writer of some kind. If you want to make a living at it, you need to decide what you’ll do, rather than what you’ll write. If enough people become interested in what you’re doing, your writing will make money. You can promote things to them, and sell products to them.
Your options are limitless. Your business is either directly, or tangentially, on writing, with something extra. If tangentially, you might become a YouTuber, for example. I’ve been checking out stuff on YouTube, and judging by their views and their blogs, and what they’re selling and promoting, many YouTubers are making a living there. They’re not YouTube stars, with millions of views, they’re using the YouTube platform to gain interest in what they do.
Stop focusing on writing, start thinking about what you’re doing, and what you LOVE
What do you LOVE? Everyone loves something. You need to find that thing that you love, and enjoy writing about.
Let’s look at some examples.
Ryan Bidduph travels and blogs about it all: his travels, his blogging, his money-making ventures.
Mrs Brimbles blogs about journaling, art, and much more. She has a great YouTube channel.
Of course, there are also all the lifestyle “mommy bloggers”. They blog about their lives, and get sponsorships from many different companies. Blogger Lucy Aitken Read wrote an ebook about her “no poo” method of growing a healthy head of hair without shampoo.
All these people do what they love. Their lives are interesting, and people become aware of them, and want to learn more about their adventures. Jackpot. 🙂
Write, and share
Nick Stephenson writes ebook thrillers, and writes about Kindle publishing.
So, what can YOU write and share? Start thinking about it. Your writing is secondary. You don’t need to become a great writer. You just need to love something, and share what you love with others.
Does it sound too simple? It truly is. With millions of people online, you can find an audience (or as some people call it, a “tribe”) which loves the same things you do. Or at least, is interested in what you do.
Do things. Write about them. Focus less on the writing, and more on what you find interesting. You’ll become a writer by sharing.
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