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Three Types of Writing That Can Make You Money

If you’re looking for a job in writing, you may wonder what genre is profitable. Do you look for jobs in blog posting, or long-winded articles? Is the money in fiction, or nonfiction?

To be honest, almost any genre, text, and type of writing can be profitable. And we’re here to explain your options, as well as give tips for you to succeed. With that said, let’s look at three types today, and you can see which is right for you.

Writing Fiction

People still love a good story. Even in the age of movies and video games, written word is still relevant for many people, and if you have an imagination, this route may be good for you, especially as an aside to working on your own novel.

When it comes to fiction jobs, you usually have two options. One is ghostwriting. In that, you write a story for someone, they pay you, and then they get all the credit. If you want attribution, you can write for a few publications that are accepting new writers. These are usually short stories and whatnot, so don’t expect any long novels.

For the jobs that involve ghostwriting, our tips include constant communication so that you know what the client wants.

Meanwhile, if you’re trying to get your story into magazine or other publication, clean it up as much as you can. Don’t assume you can submit your first draft and have the editor do the rest.

Writing How-To Books

Another job mainly involving ghostwriting, how-to is big in many freelance writing fields. The concept is simple: take a topic, write about it, and explain how it works as precise as possible. These books are big, even in an age where people can Google the information for free. People like having an all-in-one guide that is informative and friendly for beginners.

Our tip for this genre would be to dig deep, and not just regurgitate what you find on the first page of Google. If people wanted to Google something, they would have done so. Also, write simple so that anyone can understand.

Writing Blog Posts

So many blogs want guests and regular writers to contribute to their blogs, so it’s no surprise that there are blogging jobs abound. This is a broad topic with so many different requirements. Some may want you to write about their product, and others may want to discuss everyday life topics.

Our tips include proper communication to your clients so that both of you know what you’re looking for, and familiarity with the blogging software the client uses. For instance, if they’re posting in WordPress, you may need to learn some coding skills beyond just typing the words.

And there are three types of genres you can make money from. You can usually find jobs on a classifieds site, usually one that’s freelancing-based. Check them out, and get you a job that works for you. In Part Two, we’ll discuss some more options.

How to Avoid the Freelance Writer’s Block

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NIghtmare by Lolocreative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Laurent Calatayud

Let me introduce you to the every copywriter nightmare: You’re on a roll with the story that your client wants you to write. Your fingers type faster than you thought was possible, and you’re at the scene where things start getting intense. Then, out of nowhere, you don’t know what to write about. This will happen to almost any writer. So how do you avoid it? As a freelancer, you have a few options for you to choose.

  1. Write an outline beforehand. Some story jobs provide you with an outline, but if not, you should create at least a bare-bones one that will highlight what happens in every chapter. Making the story up as you go can be fun, but if you’re on a deadline, then you may run into a few corners.
  2. Find inspiration. This is ideal if you don’t even know what the outline should be like. Go outside and take a walk. Look around and see if you can base your story on anything. Just start writing whatever comes to your head. Read a book and see if you can gather any ideas. There are quite a few ways that you can get a grasp on what to write about.
  3. Do another job. If you’re a freelancer, you probably have a few other tasks you need to do besides the one that gave you writer’s block. Sometimes doing another job and giving your brain time to rest from the other will make it easier to continue the story once you go back to it. Unless you’re on a tight deadline, this can be a good way to mix it up and avoid burnout.

Overall, there are many options when it comes to unclogging that writer’s block. As a freelance writer, it’s important that you take care of that as soon as possible and learn to avoid it in the future.