TIPS OF EARNING MONEY THROUGH ONLINE WRITING
We’ve spent so much time thinking of writing as an
abstract collection rules and principles that we
sometimes forget that our words are eventually read
by real people.
Ultimately, it’s our writing’s ability to communicate
powerfully to these individual people that determines if
it’s any good.
That’s why it’s important to learn as much as you can
about the people who are reading your work. Find out
their average age, gender, and location. More
importantly, find out about their lifestyles, aspirations,
You can do this by putting a poll on your website or
simply by following up with comments and retweets.
The more you know about your audience, the better
you’ll be able to help them.
– Free writing is the practice of writing without
stopping for a set period of time. Your fingers never
stop moving. If you can’t think of what to write next,
you simply continue to write the previous word until
something else comes to you.
This may sound ridiculous and, obviously, the result will
be full of grammar errors and run-on sentences. But
there’s something powerful about the stream-of-
consciousness that free writing produces. There’s also
something powerful about producing a page of words
in just minutes.
– Online writing can be multimedia, so always be looking
for opportunities to enrich your article with images,
audio, or video. It can also be interactive. Linking out
to useful information and websites is a courtesy to
your readers. Since online writing is global, you may
want to avoid using colloquial expressions or relying on
cultural references that will only be understood by
people in your country.
One of the most commons mistakes people make while
writing online is using too many long paragraphs.
While five sentence paragraphs are the norm in
academic writing, online readers are turned off by big
blocks of text. When I’m writing for the web, I’ll rarely
use more than three sentences in a paragraph.
– Writing is a personal thing. You’re pulling thoughts out
of your head and putting them into sentences for
complete strangers to read.
This is part of the reason people suffer from writer’s
block: we let our thoughts about writing get tangled
up with our thoughts about ourselves. But your
writing isn’t a reflection of your worth as human
Cultivate a sense of detachment from your writing.
The more separate you feel from the words on the
page, the more freely you’ll be able to produce them.
BY STEPHEN OGUGU
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