I Made $1000 In My First Month of Writing, This Is What I Learned.

Derick David


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The first time I wrote a story, I didn’t know what to expect and I definitely wasn’t aware of the benefits of doing it. I was fresh to the game, I didn’t even know how to write a good headline. Then a journalism mentor came to me, he told me that writing can be rewarding if you stay consistent enough and you understand your audience very well.

He then adds that it can be a very good investment for the future. Then, something hit me, why not write about something I truly care about, like philosophy, startups, and technology. It doesn’t have to take most of my time on a daily basis.

Well, gents, that was the start of it. What you just read was the combination of all of them that got me to this point in my life. I certainly don’t care about money at all, I’m the last person in the world to think about making papers. I just did it because I love talking about topics I care about and helping people gain more knowledge.

One thing for sure, I won’t write something that isn’t useful for the readers.

Enough about me, here are the bullet points for making your writing career earn you a profitable living without spending a lot of your time on it.
Pay attention and take notes.

1. Write a topic that people care about

Yes, simple as that. See, most people write for themselves. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that. But, when you write for yourself, that means you’re only into what you care about. Therefore, why would people read your story when they’re not interested in it? Take note of this because this can be crucial from this moment and forward. In the writing world, it’s a combination of what you care about and what people care about. Okay, maybe, 60% you and 40% them. Try experimenting!

Also, take time to put a clickbait headline that highlights your topic. Read it several times making sure it catches the reader's attention. History has shown that this works, every time. So, if you have an interesting topic to talk about and combining it with an amazing triggering headline, you’ve done 50% of the work. Satisfying, right?

2. Write about a current global event or a trend

An accurate example is Coronavirus. I think I don’t need to explain further, right? Since the pandemic started, how many stories and articles about it have you seen all over the web? Probably 70%. See, that’s a hack to me. It can be anything from Drake’s new album, UFOs being released by Pentagon, or conspiracy theories about Area 51. Totally up to you!

The Coronavirus has become a buzzword on social media nowadays and it’s what people trigger for engagement. You can pretty much do anything that connects to the topic. TikTok, Vlog, Story, Game, App, you get it! The topic causes demand, so someone should supply. Therefore, there’s a potential opportunity for profit. A simple way to find which topic is trending is to go to Twitter and check the latest trending hashtags or just click the news tab on Google's homepage. You’ll definitely find what are the most-talked topic at a given particular time.

3. Put appealing pictures

As Steve Jobs used to say,

“Pictures make people dream, while words make people imagine.”

Combine both and you have, hmm, nirvana. Images top words these days, probably in any day. You need to attract first, then sell. See, the internet contains a quintillion amount of information all over the web, and what makes you think every reader will care much about your writing quality more than the images you portray? I’m not undervaluing the quality of writing, what I’m saying is, make sure to find the balance between these two. You can have good looking pictures, baiting people to click your article, and have less quality of writing. Combine attractive pictures with a very debatable topic and voila! There you go.

An important piece of advice is to put a picture that triggers emotions from the viewers and readers. Emotions make people buy what you are selling. Psychology has proven that when you manage to associate your readers with the emotions that your story emits, it sticks into their mind, and most likely to remember it later. Crosscheck this simple trick that can make a huge difference in your blog, article, and story.

Finally, the most important of them all…

4. Doing action to market and advertise it, hustle harder than usual

Say, you have all the previous three points from above, but if you don’t put the effort into letting people know about it, it will be useless. Unless of course, you are the Top Writer of the Atlantic or Editor in Chief of TechCrunch, likely, you don’t need to do it yourself. Most of the time, you’ll find yourself doing most of the work and you definitely need to know where you stand at the moment and where you want to be. Then, do the necessary actions to fill the void between.

This is when the reach comes to play, where your creation reaches the people’s space. You always need to keep this in my mind. A lot of people disregard it on a daily basis because they think that if you write it, they will read. So, based on the topic, cover picture, headline, and the three previous points from above, you’ve for sure gained the necessary wisdom to make your writing career profitable. Now, plan to take action! Also, patience plays a crucial part in the game, so don’t check every second how many viewers you’ve got. This takes time, well, everything worth it takes time.

Key takeaways:
Write a story about a topic most people care deeply about, that is a crucial argument of the present world. Then, put appealing and triggering pictures in it and after that, do the necessary steps to share your story with the world.

There you go gents! 4 factors that can make your writing career flourish and profitable. I hope this article has served you an example and has given you worthwhile wisdom on the topic. Feel free to come back and read this again in case you forget. Happy hunting fellas!

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