a writing guide for new writers in 2020
A lot of people think that writing requires you to know the ins and outs of all proper grammar and punctuation. It’s not as intimidating as that. Sure, the more that you know it will help you in the long run. But writing in 2020 is much different than it used to be. The business is constantly evolving. You really don’t have to be very good to get started, and even make some decent money. You can do your own thing and don’t have to rely on a prayer that you might get published.
The first thing I recommend is to be your own person. It’s okay to learn how to write better through reading other people’s stuff, but don’t copy what everyone else is doing because the world doesn’t need a copy. The world needs you.
I’ve always prided myself on being different from everyone else. How so? I don’t clickbait. I don’t spam links. I don’t sound like a robot on social media. I don’t start drama with others just to get people talking about me. I spread inspirational messages as much as I can. I also do podcasting so people can know the person behind the keyboard.
Truthfully, I’m not a great writer. Yet, I’ve been self employed for about 10 years doing this. So I know for a fact that if I can do it then you guys can do it!
Start with your own blog website. Anybody can start a blog. There is no requirement for you to have amazing grammar. You will get better over time. Find which one you like best. I can give you recommendations based on my experience.
Blogger is the bottom of the barrel as far as blog websites go. If you’re new and don’t have any experience, this could be a good website for you to start. You will quickly realize that it has many restrictions, though. Literally all you can do is write a blog.
WordPress is my favorite one, clearly. You can start with a free account and once you want to do more things you have an option to pay for higher upgrades. You must pay for a full year in advance, though. WordPress is good for both hobbies and businesses. You can upload full videos and audio. You also get customized website designs. So many things.
Wix I have used Wix before and it’s also pretty good but differs from WordPress. What I like about Wix is that you have an option to pay monthly for plans, instead of paying for a full year in advance. Wix heavily allows you to build a website from scratch. This requires you to know a bit about creating websites. Which is why it wasn’t for me, but it’s very cool if you want more of a say in how your website looks. WordPress does it for you. You just choose which theme you want and you’re all set. Wix does create pre-built themes, but they are awful. They give you absolute bare minimum. So, you’re better to figure out how to create it from scratch
Once you have gotten used to writing on these websites then you should create other social medias to promote your website content. Once you have some blogs and articles written you can start looking for real freelance work. When you try applying for writing gigs you’re going to need samples of your work. Nobody is going to pay you money if you have nothing to show. This is why it’s important to have a website and blogs ready to go. You’ll have a ton of stuff you can send people to check out your work and show them what you can do.
I started on a website called Fiverr.com which is where you can sell services. In your case it would be writing stuff for other people. Create an account on there. Set up a Paypal account so you can get paid. Create something to sell others. “I will write an article for $10”. Eventually you’ll have people wanting to hire you.
Once you have some serious work on your website and you get good reviews on Fiverr then you can start submitting your work for more serious jobs. A lot of magazines are looking for writers. There are thousands of online magazines. Twitter is your best friend as a writer. If you do not have a Twitter you’re not going to get far. Unless you’re the second coming of Stephen King you’re not going to write some blogs and get famous. Twitter is the best place to look for work.
Create a Twitter. Learn to use it. Always use the search bar! That is where you will find thousands of people looking for a writer to hire. I usually type something like “looking for writer”. It will search anyone who typed in those words. You will find people who have said they’re looking for a writer. All you have to do is pick and choose. Keep in mind not to spam! Don’t fill your whole Twitter page with you telling people you want to write for them.
You better love working for free! Writing is not a get rich fast career. Always offer to write stuff for people at no charge. Again, magazines are your friend. Thousands of online magazines are looking writers and most of them don’t pay. You better beg them to accept your article or blog. The more things you do for free the more your name will get out into the world. “Oh, this person writes stuff for free? That’s cool! I can always rely on them!” Next thing you know you have regular people coming back to you. Eventually they might pay you when they realize you’re not all about the money. People respect that. Respect goes a long way. Even though you didn’t get paid, you have something to put on your resume.
Learning never ends. I’ve been writing my whole life. Since I was like 5 years old. I still take online courses every day for my writing. There’s always something to learn. There are always new ways to write my stories and do things the way I like. I’ll never be good and that’s okay. It would be boring if I had nothing left to learn.
I believe I have covered everything. If you guys have further questions then feel free to send me a tweet @mystoriousstories on Twitter. Or email me at email@example.com