Becoming a writer is a life-long dream of many. Building a pure idea through writing and having people latch onto that vision is exhilarating. Getting up on a pedestal, having people listen to each word, and getting paid for the work is incredible. Lured by this sweetness, I decided to dive into the world of being a writer. I’ve learned about the industry and would love to share how to start crawling towards becoming a writer.

Day 1: Crawling as a New Writer

There is an underlying idea that states “writers write”. For those waiting, the succinct command is meant as a push. Stop waiting and get going! The truth is  ‘writers write’ to leverage. Many would be dreamers envision a force of inspiration, followed by praise and adoration. The reality is that writing is just the beginning. Writers need to stumble through many corridors and trial/errors before finding their way. Enter in the frustration of a new writer. Everyone tells a new writer how to find success, but can only describe their blind stumble. Often when you dissect a success story you find blind luck mixing with hard work. The patron of that success story may find difficulty in discerning if the success is derived from luck or love of the craft. So they guess and tell the new writer their best guess. So expect to try a lot before finding any level of success: social media, marketing, blogs, podcasts, videos, etc. Your stumble in the dark is unique.

Day 1: Crawling as a New Writer

Some good news: there has never been a better time in history to become a writer. Before the digital age, there was a limited amount of shelf space. That limited space meant that books had a “shelf life”. If they didn’t earn out, and quick, everyone lost money. New authors always kept a primary job and writing was on the side. Simply put, writing could not pay the bills with such a limited span. The digital age has given us an infinite shelf space. That means that books can slowly gain traction. What makes this especially powerful for new authors, is that they can slowly make progress, and build up an empire on their own. They no longer need to convince a big publisher of an impending empire. Writers can transition to professional in the span of months/years, instead of decades. In fact, there are plenty of places online that will pay for writing day 1. They will not pay much, they are brutal, but they will pay. New writers are not required to put themselves through these drudges to learn the craft. New writers should just continue to read and write as much as possible.

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This cycle of consumption and creation of written material comes with several lessons. Before I mentioned that writers should leverage their writing. The great thing about the digital age is that an author can allow temporary access to content, and then restrict the content. That means they can leverage the same written text in many spots. They can also combine and re-combine content in various ways. What is so exciting about this method is that writers can “fail fast”. That means that if an avenue is not producing, they can quickly pull up the content and move it.

Here is one method I’ve used to leverage this temporary access. I wrote some non-fiction articles and posted them in a writer community. Each time someone read my articles, I got paid for the advertising. What I also got was feedback and statistics on each article. I noticed the revenue wasn’t much, so I pulled the best articles, combined them, cleaned them up, and released an Amazon book. As of the writing of this article, I am near to earning out on the effort after just a month. That means that the sales have covered the cost of promotion, cover creation, and more. Since this is just a month after release, I am excited that this revenue will continue for months / years to come.

There is no one way to become a professional writer. The truth is that most professional writers have tried a lot of methods. Expect that writing is just the beginning. Social media may work well, advertisements may work well, and blogs may work well. They may also not function well. It is impossible to say the final outcome. Expect to leverage work as much as possible and keep creating new writing to leverage. After enough momentum, the bills will start getting paid.

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About The Author

James Livingood is a Seattle writer who spends the majority of his day providing IT consulting. He has been providing consulting services to small and medium businesses for over ten years. These unique operations always present challenges and inspiration, which James enjoys writing about. For more about him, and his advice, please visit Long Tail Writing. longtailwriting There you will discover professional advice about writing and technology. Reach him by emailing .

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