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The Fundamentals of Starting Your Writing Career: Nervous About Starting Your Journey?

Updated on April 15, 2020
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You can start your writing career today fearlessly with these short tips and fundamentals!

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Thinking about starting a Writing Career?

Are you weary to take up the job of writing? Self-conscious that maybe it won’t be worth all of your hard work? I thought those same exact things before I started devoting my time to writing articles for Medium and Hubpages.

Writing is an excellent hobby to have, and if you’re like me and have always wanted to pursue a career in writing, then you know how much work is required in order to be a successful writer or blogger.

Let me start by telling you that it is not easy starting out. It could be years before you actually take off with your writing and start getting the views that are necessary for a salary that can maybe pay the bills. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Writing is 100% worth it if you’re dedicated and passionate about it, and I guarantee that you will be making money in no time if you put the work into it.

How do I get started?

I often find this the hardest step in your writing journey. Writer’s block is most likely going to be paying visits more often than you’d like. And let me tell you...It sucks! It takes me days to think of a new topic that will draw the attention of readers and not bore them. I don’t say this to scare you, I say this to prepare you for what lays ahead in the future for your career.

Right now is the perfect time to brainstorm ideas of what attracts readers. This can be anything from sports to art, but remember that not everyone is going to read your article no matter how well it is written. It all depends on what the reader likes to read and how interesting the title sounds. THE TITLE IS EVERYTHING!

Keeping your writing organized is also an important factor when you decide to publish something new. You can keep a journal handy or you can buy planners specifically for writing that even include tips to give you that little push you may need. Make sure that whatever you choose to write in is portable so you will be prepared to write thoughts and ideas down wherever you go. Really anything is fine to write in, just make sure it is suitable for.

The Perfect Title?

Whenever you are writing something that has a title, the title has to be near perfect. Think of it like this: The title is the reader’s first impression of what your entire article is about. If you have a lazy title, then no one will want to read your writing because they assume your article is rubbish.

Titles are amazing because they tell a reader what your article or essay or book is about in a nutshell. I remember in my first semester of English, the teacher (bless her heart) told us how important the title is to anything you write. “It’s the first impression!” She would say. And to this day, I will never forget those words.

What do I Write about?

Anything! It can be a passion you have, book reviews, sports, or even your cats. Write about personal experiences every once in a while so your readers can know about you. The choice is up to you.

When you write about something you love, it will not only be interesting to you, but to readers who share similar interests. Don't be afraid to write about something fun!

How do I get Paid?

This is probably going to be your second hardest step. Getting paid for your writing takes time and requires all of your effort. It definitely isn't impossible to get paid for your writing, but isn't easy either. This is the part where you have to have confidence that your writing is good, and not worry about what other readers think.

Getting paid for your hard work is exciting! Brag about it, share it on social media, celebrate what you have accomplished!

You're all set!

Now you know how to start your epic writing career journey! Brainstorm, make a BOMB title and have faith in yourself. Writing is a process that takes unworthy amounts of time, but is always worth it in the end. You are an awesome human who can do anything!

Self confidence is a super power. Once you start to believe in yourself, magic starts happening.

— Unknown

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