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Signs you Should Become a Writer and Write Online as a Career

Updated on October 15, 2016
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Koralee is a retired legal assistant/paralegal turned online writer and author who works part-time as a virtual legal assistant.

Online Writing is Addictive

Warning:  Online writing is addictive. Proceed with caution
Warning: Online writing is addictive. Proceed with caution

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.

This web reader is 100% focused on what the writer has to say.
This web reader is 100% focused on what the writer has to say. | Source

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.
  • Details
  • 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

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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.

Different Types of Online Writing

Webpage Copywriting
Sales Pages
News Letter
Press Release
Copywriting/Branding and Advertising
White Papers
Blog Writing

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

"The Elements of Expression."  Express yourself with wit and style.
"The Elements of Expression." Express yourself with wit and style.

Bring Your A Game to Your Writing Style

The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words, Revised and Expanded
The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words, Revised and Expanded
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

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.

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.

Hubpages, a way to publish information on topics you love to write about.
Hubpages, a way to publish information on topics you love to write about. | Source

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.

Axl Rose - Singer, songwriter with a bold personality and sensitive soul.
Axl Rose - Singer, songwriter with a bold personality and sensitive soul. | Source

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?

What's Your Ultimate Writing Gig?

What Writing Job Would Set off a Fireworks Display in Your Heart? Select Your Answer and Complete the Sentence in the Comments

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    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      6 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Thank you very much Zainab,

    • Zainab Tarawali profile image

      Musu Bangura 

      6 years ago from Nation's Capital

      I love your humor in this article. It really helps to get the point across. Thanks for this info. I'll be sharing and voting this article up!

    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      6 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Hi Explorer, Benjamin Chege. Thank you for your supportive comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed the article. It is exciting to "dig up" new information on the subjects we're passionate about :)

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      Benjamin Chege 

      6 years ago

      Hi Koralee Phillips. I am more of an explorer. I love digging into new technology, attractive scenes, nature and so on. I loved the hub. Voted up, awesome and interesting.

    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      7 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Thanks CampbellLena2013 for your comment. I'm glad to hear that you get so much enjoyment from writing your Hubs.

    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      7 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Thank you FlourishAnyway!I know exactly what you mean about the opportunity to explore any topic you want to when you write on Hubpages opposed to other types of writing. Hubpages is a wonderful group of writers, that are interesting, inspiring and helpful.

    • CampbellLena2013 profile image

      Lena Campbell 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      I love to write my hubs, I feel like my creativity able to flow more

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Great hub. Oh, I am so addicted, and you have perfectly described it here! I so thoroughly love writing after having only written stuff in day-to-day business and academia for 20 years -- nothing fun or creative -- that I feel uplifted, creative, and free now that I have the freedom to explore the topics that I desire. I'm so glad to have found a community of writers that shares the enthusiasm and this vice! Sharing this hub, as many can relate, I am sure.

    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      7 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Thank you WannaB writer for your comments. It is hard to find a balance between the online and offline world isn't it. I find that I spend so much time writing for other people, and living my life (offline) and getting my cleaning business off the ground that I really neglect Hubpages, and writing hubs. I am focusing on a way of doing both, I'm sure its just a time management issue. Ezine suggests writing at least 20 minutes a day, I've never tried that because I usually like to do my writing at one sitting, but perhaps it is a way for us to do both :).

    • WannaB Writer profile image

      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I know I'm addicted to internet writing. I'm trying to break the addiction because it's interfering with things I need to be doing in the off-line world. I haven't been very active at HubPages this year because of that and my addiction to a new site. Today has been my first attempt to spend more hours off-line and do some of the things that will make me more productive in the long run -- even in my writing.

    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      7 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Hi Samsoul and thank you samsoul for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub.

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      7 years ago from INDIA

      I liked the style of writing, a good hub, the casual and funny style of writing was unique.

    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      7 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Thanks mr-veg. An explorer... how exciting.

    • mr-veg profile image


      7 years ago from Colorado United States

      Well put together and informative advice.. am probably the explorer :) !!! Well done !

    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      7 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Thanks DDE for stopping by my Hub today. I'm so glad you found it informative.

    • KoraleeP profile imageAUTHOR

      Koralee Phillips 

      7 years ago from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

      Thanks so much Ryan. That's too funny how you could relate.

      That's an awesome ultimate writing gig you have! Good luck with it, nothing is impossible,so you never know what will happen. I like Donald Trumps quote "If you're going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big." :-)

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub filled with worthy information I am glad I don't have any of the signs of addiction, so much to know here and you accomplished and you accomplished an informative hub.

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      Ryan S Kinsgrove 

      7 years ago

      This was a absolutely fantastic Hub! I read the list of symptoms of writing addiction, then read it out to my wife with a devil's grin on my face. I asked her who that reminded her of. And, the answer was easy...

      Anyway, yes, I very much enjoyed the Hub.

      My ultimate writing gig?

      Being a good enough writer that Stephen King enjoys and reviews my work.


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