7 Ways to Make Money as You Write

If you’ve decided to go for it and begin writing full-time or even as a part-time endeavor, you will need income to support the writer’s life between paychecks or paydays. Here are seven ways to make money as you write to support yourself. 

  1. Try using Patreon to set up monthly subscriptions to blog content and more. If you podcast, then this is a great way to build an audience too. 
  2. Market yourself as a copywriter or editor to other writers. 
  3. Become another author or two or three’s social media manager and content producer. 
  4. Host a monthly book brunch, where you charge for admission to make a little profit as well as pay for food. 
  5. Drive for Lyft and Uber or even one of the food delivery services like DoorDash. 
  6. Secure work as a virtual assistant to type and create documents for business people. 
  7. Tutor. 

Good writers with good to great skills always have ways to use their gifts to make money while trying to support a burgeoning career. What other ways can people make money as they write? Tell us in the comments, please. 

 

Write Details From What You Know

Writing descriptively is difficult. You run out of words. Well, you run out of your own words. If you are writing about something you have experienced, then allow yourself to recall the details in order to provide rich descriptions for readers. Here are a few tips for writing details from what you know:

  1. Recall the sights and sounds. Both happen in layers. You see one thing (a cousin sipping water), you hear another (the irritatingly loud voice of an uncle), and you feel something else (profound sadness or extreme displeasure). 
  2. Think about something humorous that happened during this experience. Did you laugh out loud? Did it change the atmosphere in the room? Was it only funny to you? 
  3. Go over the details of the setting in your mind. Was the lighting too bright? What color were the drapes? Was the day overcast? Did music play in the background or was there entertainment? Was it eerily quiet or annoyingly loud? Would you have chosen the décor? Did you like the décor? 
  4. Explore how you felt. Were you comfortable and relaxed? Or, did the outfit you were wearing make you feel awkward and unable to pay attention to the events taking place? Was there somewhere else you would have preferred to have been? How did you feel about the people in the room or venue?
  5. What did you imagine that others in the same room were thinking and feeling? What did you know about any one of them that either made you empathize or detach from them? Was there an ally or enemy in the room with you? 

One way to stretch our vocabularies is to write about what we know as if we were in that room or place. You will be surprised how a passage changes when we write with detail. 

10 Quotes about Love to Share on Your Social Networks

February is all about love and all about in its various forms. We’ve found 10 quotes that express romantic, platonic, and altruistic love. Please share them with your social networks or use for personal inspiration. 

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
Elie Wiesel 

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
Friedrich Nietzsche 

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”
Nicholas Sparks 

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
Paulo Coelho 

“We love the things we love for what they are.”
Robert Frost 

“We loved with a love that was more than love.”
Edgar Allen Poe 

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Martin Luther King Jr. 

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”
Haruki Murakami

“I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
Maya Angelou 

How’s that for variety? Here’s hoping you have the best February ever!

 

Five 6-Minute (or More) Writing Lessons

If you’re looking for ways to up your writing game this year, then there is a solution to a lack of time to do so. Here are five 6-minute or less/more writing lessons found online. Each only takes that long to read, and you can cut to the chase faster thanks to highlighting and comments. 

All of these fantastic articles can be found on the platform Medium. Use their search engine to find even more. The reads are sometimes short reads and the occasional long-read article will appear. These are articles you can read on the subway or train or bus on your way to work or while you’re waiting for an appointment. 

If you have read the linked articles above, which one did you find most useful? Tell us in a comment. 

Writing Sensation January 2020 – Donya Fenner

Donya Fenner, Author 

Singer, Stellar-Award Winner

Founder of Creative Creature’s Women’s Convention

Donya Fenner was born in Hearne, Texas, where she discovered at the tender age of eight that she had a gift of writing. She Pact: Sisterhood is her 3rd book. Tymm Publishing LLC will release the book on January 28, 2020. Her 1st book is called A Creative Creature’s Testimony, and her 2nd is called Second Chances. Both books are available on Amazon.

She Pact has also been adapted into a film by Artefaekts Entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

Donya is the founder of Creative Creature’s Women’s Organization, located in Los Angeles, California. The non-profit organization’s primary goal is to improve the lives of women and children who are victims of domestic violence. They provide a haven for recovery, respite, and rehabilitation. The mission is to reach and transform the lives of women, one community at a time. She is also a singer and was a member of the group LXW, who received a Stellar Award in 2015.

Donya has resided in Los Angeles, California, since 2005.

Synopsis 

Recently divorced, Bianca Shields moves from the west coast region of California to the deep south of Georgia. She discovers the only way she can rebuild her new life is to be open to change. Problems occur when a potential suitor takes an unconventional approach to dating that challenges her beliefs and those of her new friends: a never been kissed barista and a susceptible southern bell. Subsequently, the group makes a pact. For one year, they will pursue their potential, let go of limitations, confront their fears, and prove they are worthy of much more than they have ever settled for in the past.

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2020 Vision for Authors and Writers

We’ve curated a group of great articles from around the Web to assist you with your writing goals in the New Year and next decade. 

The Hottest Book Marketing Trends for 2020

The Top 7 Publishing Trends of 2020 and Beyond

2020 Book Marketing Predictions, Trends, & Hopes

Transform The Publishing Industry Outlook In 2020

Social Media Trends for 2020: 50+ Industry Experts Define Trends You Should Know

This is a good start and these articles and the important information in each should help you forward a lucrative business in the coming year. We want you to have 2020 vision. 

The End of a Decade: A Few Quotes for Celebration and Reflection

Bye 2019 and hello 2020. A new decade approaches soon. Here are some inspirational quotes to celebrate and reflect on this really big change. 

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
― Taylor Swift

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
― T.S. Eliot

“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.”
― Arnold Bennett

“You raze the old to raise the new.”
― Justina Chen Headley

“Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.”
― Richie Norton

“Perhaps that is where our choice lies — in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things, and how we will greet each new beginning.”
― Elana K. Arnold

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
― Brad Paisley

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Be inspired.