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Online Writing is Addictive
Online Writing Addiction
WARNING: If you're a writer and want to take your words to the world-wide web, what you're about to read contains graphic details on how online writing, is addictive and can take over your life. There is no known cure, or 12-step program that will help you overcome it. Once you realize how intoxicating it is, you won't stop.
For this reason Reader Discretion is strongly advised.
The Online Writer and Reader
The people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups. The writers whose words splash the internet webpages to endure forever in cyberspace, and the unseen readers who devour the information. These are their stories.
Breakdown of Article Topics
In this article, we'll discuss:
- Addicted to Writing Warning Signs
- The Online Web Reader
- Profiles of an Online Writer
- Different types of writing styles, to help you control your addiction by streamlining your focus.
- 2013 The Year of the Writer- Inspirational prediction from Brian Clark of Copyblogger.
- Signing up to write on Hubpages - it's the perfect time
“Writing is a habit, an addiction, as powerful and overmastering an urge as putting a bottle to your lips or a spike in your arm. Call it the impulse to make something out of nothing, call it an obsessive-compulsive disorder, call it logorrhea." T.C. Boyle
Warning Signs You're Addicted to Writing
You know you're addicted to writing when:
- You have hundreds of pages of handwritten or typed notes.
- You sometimes sound like a rambling fool. When I was visiting my Uncle in Germany I had piles of paper with handwritten notes of thoughts, ideas, issues, problems/solutions, article ideas, etc. I told him not to read them because he would think I'm nuts.
- You can't wait to get on the computer the second you wake up.
- You sit at the computer typing even when you're falling asleep. Instead of going to bed, you grab the nearest stimulant to keep you going...Up all night writing. At one point this was my password.
- You wake up in the middle of the night with article ideas.
- Taking a shower and eating feel like an inconvenience, because they take you away from your writing.
- If there was a fire, you can picture yourself not wanting to break away from your computer, or worse yet, going into a burning house to retrieve your computer.
- You're in physical pain from sitting and typing, but endure through it to get that last thought out of your head and on paper.
- Vacation: The thoughts leading up to your holiday are consumed with wondering how you're going to write on the plane, or on the beach.
- You empathize with website and blog owners who can't write, have an insatiable need to help them all, but you can't.
- Sometimes human contact is like nails on a chalkboard. You don't want to talk, you just want to write.
If you're addicted to writing, there are ways you can control your addiction. We'll get to those soon.
The Online Web Reader
As a writer, of course I'm also an avid online reader and researcher, and I'm sure you are too. So we know what the online reader wants, and that's information. They love, love, love and I mean love, information.
As online web readers we want:
- To find what we're looking for quickly
- Find what we're reading interesting
- Easy navigation, not pages and pages of text
- Interesting pictures and/or videos to look at
- Any extra information we can get from other sources to enhance our reading experience.
- Proper grammar, and spelling
- A poll because as humans we love to give our opinion.
Our job as writer's is to give them what they want, which of course fits right into what we love to do. As we see below in the profiles of an online writer.
What Drives Your Writing?
Which Writer Profile Best Explains You
Profiles of an Online Writer
From the beginning of time, writer's write because they are part creator, explorer, and philosopher.
The Creator: They believe that if anything can be thought up, it can also be done. They have an unyielding desire to create words of enduring value. They have visions and want to turn them into reality with written words, using their creativity and imagination. Their biggest weakness is perfectionism.
The Explorer: Writer's don't want to be fenced in, because they want the freedom to find themselves by exploring the world. They want more fulfilling and authentic lives. They do this by constantly experiencing new things to make sure they're never bored. Ambition, independence and being true to themselves is what drives them.The downfall to this side of a writer, is sometimes they're amiss.
Philosopher: Writer's know in their hearts that only the truth can set them free, so they're constantly seeking the truth. They want to understand the world they live in by analyzing everything they learn. They are afraid of ignorance, or of something confounding them. They are constantly looking for knowledge and new information. So they spend hours and sometimes days reflecting on what they learn to comprehend it, and how it affects their world. The downside is often writers spend more time studying details than acting upon them. - I know I do.
When a passion drives you so hard that you think about it almost constantly, it becomes an addiction you can't get away from. It doesn't matter what you do, or where you go.
Writers Have a Compelling Desire to Help Others
According to a study completed by the website Author's Promoter (link below), 30% of writer's write to educate, influence and help others. That didn't really come as a surprise to me.
As writers we know what it's like to wrestle with a problem, and want to make sure we can stop anyone else from having to experience it. As well, we want everyone else to be in tune with their world, so we want to give them insight and knowledge.
Another statistic that resonated with me was that only 2% of the writers surveyed write for exposure and fame. We truly do it, because we love it making it a passion based addiction, more than financially rewarding.
Although this becomes a catch-22 situation. Because we love it, we want to have the ability to write all the time, and to do that we need to find ways to be compensated.
Study Results - 30% of Writers Write to Help Others
- Why Writers Write | Author's Promoter
Over 100 Published authors told us why writers write. 30% of Writers write to Educate, Influence & Help Others. 15% Write to express themselves, find out why else they write
Different Types of Online Writing
TYPES OF ONLINE WRITING
Copywriting/Branding and Advertising
Choosing a Writing Style(s) Helps Control Your Writing Addiction
Finding your favorite writing style(s) won't cure your addiction, but it will control it because it helps streamline your focus. Of course, one writing style probably isn't enough to use up all your creative energy, but it helps you narrow down your options.
A writing platform such as HubPages helps because it's a way to express yourself in written word.
I learned from experience that trying to write in every style and every type of content is mentally exhausting. But, because of the explorer in us, we want to learn everything we can about online writing when we start out. Unfortunately, this only leads to a long list of unfinished projects, and a lot of unnecessary frustration.
Put Your Thoughts Into Words
- Four Different Types of Writing Styles: Expository, Descriptive, Persuasive and Narrative
A writer's style is the reflection of his voice and personality. There are four different types of writing styles: Expository, Descriptive, Persuasive and Narrative. Choose which style suits you the best.
Bring Your A Game to Your Writing Style
Invaluable reference work to help bring the A game to your writing style and expressive content. Loved Arthur Plotnik's book Better Than Great, so decided to pick this one up. Well worth it , so glad to have this book!
Express yourself with wit and style.That's a bold sentence, and it's what all writers want to do.
This book "The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words," was a Book of the Month Club featured selection because it teaches you how to do that.
The author, Arthur Plotnik, is praised for the accuracy, style, wit and practicality of his writings. He believes that generic language used today, darkens literary works, dulling its radiance.
So he offers inspiring and adventurous words for writers to share whats brewing in their minds in written word. His book is for all kinds of writers, bloggers, presenters, students and what he calls "Mad Men." To find the right language to express precise feelings as they move, delight and persuade readers.
If you want to bring your A Game to your writing, pick up a copy.
"We cannot predict when we’ll go. But if death does find you… let it find you conquering new mountains or pursuing your dreams and passions; not playing it safe hiding in a cave or under your safety blanket.” - Robert Tew
What Makes you Stand out as a Writer
There are thousands of web writers, and we all share a lot of the same traits. This makes it difficult to stand out and get to the clients and readers who could use our help and information the most. This is why finding your true passion(s) and seriously thinking about what sets you apart from other writers does both the reader and you a favor. Below is an article with an exercise that will help you get to the meat and bones of you.
Why Branding is Even More Important for Writers
- Defining Your Talents plus Discovering Your Passions Equals Your Brand
Personal branding is an exciting process that puts you in charge of your life and professional career so you can succeed in today’s marketplace both online and offline. Even if you aren’t a business.
The Year of The Writer
As Brian Clark noted in his Copyblogger article titled "2013: The Year of the Online Writer," this is a great time for experienced internet writers.
"2013 will mark a shift in both the perception and the fortunes of Internet-savvy writers."
His theory is that with Panda and Penguin, the days are gone of fluffy article writing. For websites and blogs to stay on top they need strong content.
The way he sees it, this boom will "drive thousands of writers to control their own destinies." He says he can picture writers owning consulting firms and agencies. With his repetition and knowledge of the industry, you can guarantee he's right, or at least definitely onto something.
If you're an established online writer, this is great news. But, it also means if you're just starting out, you picked the perfect time.
If you need help to get your foot in the door, and experience online writing, join Hubpages.
I'm happy to say that online writing for themselves continues to be the way of the future for writers.
Writing for Hubpages - Release Your Creativity
If you start writing for Hubpages now, you can get experience you need, as well as make a few friends and possibly a bit of money. You won't make a living writing on Hubpages, but you will find your "voice" and release some of your creative energy.
What's Your Ultimate Writing Job
My ultimate writing gig is to help Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses write his biography. I think he's fascinating, and deserves to be celebrated for his uniqueness and sustainability through mounds of adversity.
Now it's your turn. What's your ultimate writing gig?