How I Made $6,500 From Writing In 30 Days

Matt Lillywhite

And simple strategies you can implement to do the same.

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When I was a little boy, I had a dream of becoming a successful writer. I’d often read books, come up with loads of short stories, and do many other things that helped me enjoy the beautiful art of writing.

For a long time, it was just a dream. The chances of it becoming a reality were tiny. Why? Because when you grow up on the poverty line in a small town, it’s rare for anything like that to come true.

Despite many people telling me that becoming a writer was completely unrealistic, I didn’t give up. Instead, I tried my best to implement actions that increased my dream’s probability of coming true. Like Darren Hardywrote in his book, The Compound Effect:

“Since your outcomes are all a result of your moment-to-moment choices, you have incredible power to change your life by changing those choices. Step by step, day by day, your choices will shape your actions until they become habits, where practice makes them permanent.”

So if you want to earn thousands of dollars every month from writing, here’s a collection of strategies that I used to turn my dream into a reality. Each of these insights helped me create a full-time income doing something I love, and I’m sure they will do the same for you, too.

I Became Extremely Disciplined.

It’s no secret that when you write a lot of content, you naturally give yourself a lot more opportunities to become successful.

The truth is that you won’t always feel like writing. You’re not going to be motivated or inspired to write something every single day.

That’s okay. Don’t judge yourself. Just be sure to practice your craft, and remain persistent in your dream to become a successful writer. In the words of Stephen Pressfield:

“The most important thing about art is to work.Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”

One strategy that worked for me is writing at the same time each morning.It’s become a natural part of my daily routine. I get up, make a cup of coffee, and write for several hours until 11 am.

If you can’t write for multiple hours during the day, don’t worry. I’m empathetic to the fact that you have a busy schedule. Instead, just watch one less episode of Netflix in the evening, and use that period of thirty minutes to write.

I Wrote Content That People Want To Read.

If you don’t write articles that people want to read, nobody will read them. It’s as simple as that.

Take a look at the topics that get a lot of engagement, and then pick a few to focus on. For example, I often write about productivity, relationships, and self-improvement.

You get the idea. When you frequently write about topics that people find interesting, you’ll quickly find yourself getting a lot more views and reads on your work than ever before.

I Became Extremely Vulnerable In My Writing.

Over the past month, I’ve written a lot about dealing with anxiety, mental health, and many other things that are difficult to share. But when you become vulnerable in your writing, I’ve found that it’s much easier to create a genuine connection with your audience.

Why? Because when you write about how you overcame adversity, it gives people who read your articles a roadmap to do the same. Morgan Harper Nichols said it best:

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed, your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.”

I Accepted That Some Articles Would Fall Flat.

I try to publish upwards of five times per week. It’s a habit that I’ve maintained since I started writing.

During that time, I’ve earned upwards of $3,000 on several stories. But in contrast, I’ve also written quite a few that didn’t even make a dollar.

You cannot control how much each article earns. However, you can certainly increase how frequently you publish, so you improve the probability of writing something that becomes popular. In other words, let go of everything you can’t change and focus solely on what you can.

I Improved The Quality Of My Headlines.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic hack that will immediately make you a successful writer. But if you can learn how to write great headlines, your chances of becoming successful will exponentially increase.

Why? Because the headline is the first thing people see. When your work gets recommended to a reader, it’s what makes them want to read your work, instead of someone else’s.

Pay attention to the headlines of extremely successful articles and identify why so many people want to read them. Once you can identify why an article became successful, it’s much easier to improve your own.

Epictetus once said, “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” Without knowing you, I can tell you’re destined to achieve many great things in every aspect of your life.

You can earn thousands of dollars every month from your writing and create a full-time income doing something you love.

All you need to do is implement the above strategies, and the trajectory of your writing career will quickly improve for the better. So what are you waiting for?

Start now.

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