Recently, I received some tweets and messages from folks asking for writing tips. Many are starting out and wanted to gain some insight. I was happy to oblige and thought I would share some tips with you here.
First things first, I don’t simply “blog” as others do. I have been writing since I was a child and always knew it was the career I wanted to pursue. I worked on my high school newspaper and wrote for the local county newspaper as a senior in high school. After graduating, I was unsure where to go with my passion. I started college and found a site hiring freelancers. I did not think I would get accepted, but I did and I did relatively well starting off for my first gig. I recently graduated college and have been fortunate enough to pick up a few other writing gigs along the way
Yes, I do write a lot of ‘Teen Mom’ related news and, to be honest, that happened on accident. I landed a job writing celebrity gossip and had the freedom to choose my topics. I have always been a pop culture fanatic and wrote a few about the hit MTV show here and there. Soon, I realized that so many people were slamming these girls for whatever reason, without ever knowing them. Having worked on sets, I know that a lot goes on with editing that you do not see and it bothered me that so many believed the few minutes that they saw on television was what 100% true. So, I decided to go against the grain and adopted a ‘Stay Positive’ attitude in regards to the series and it has paid off. I may not have the largest Twitter following, but honestly, it isn’t about the numbers. Sure, you may have 20,000+ followers or even 100,000+ followers, but are they reading your work? Are they interacting with you? Most importantly, are YOU interacting with THEM?
I have been fortunate enough to make some amazing friends online and some wonderful enemies (I know you read this Hello!)
So, I am going to give those of you who have asked some advice to start writing in bullet list form (because I get bored reading long, drawn out paragraphs, too)
- Decide WHY you want to write. Do you have a hobby, just want to blog, or is it going to be a career (in which case, I recommend the book How To Start An Internet Business by Malene Jorgensen. It has helped me out so much.)
- Don’t give up! When I started out, I was lucky if I got 40,000 a month. Now, there are times I can bring that in a day if I am lucky. It is all about being committed and not getting too down when it seems like things aren’t going anywhere.
- STAY POSITIVE. People can be downright hateful on social networking sites and try to make you feel worthless. When a person feels threatened by you, they will set out to destroy you. Don’t let them. If they are THAT insecure to try to bring you, a stranger who by no means is significant in their life, then they have the issue, not you. Try your best to ignore it and to do what you are doing – writing!
- People make mistakes. You will misspell a word once in a while or use improper grammar. Others will slam you and try and make you feel uneducated. Mistakes Happen. If someone points one out, don’t take offense to it. Simply fix the error so that your writing shines.
These are just a few tips. I by no means a professional in giving advice (hence why I suggested the book), but these are a few little things I have learned along the way of writing. I hope it helps you out