Don’t Sabotage Your Writing Career Before It Takes Off – Part 1

Sabotaging Your Writing Career Before It Takes Off

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Yes, we all learn from our mistakes, however, we don’t have to make all the mistakes before we learn. We can equally learn from the mistakes of others.

In the pursuit of our writing careers, there are mistakes that have the potential to truncate it even before it begins. I am not excited to say that I have made a good number of them and still working to dig myself out of my errors.

I am equally ashamed to say that I fall into the category of writers with piles of half-finished stories and essays yet to be polished and sent to potential publishers.

The great thing is that though these mistakes might derail your quest for a while, with the right approach, you can get back on track.

Writing ‘A Pipe Dream.’

I’ve met a lot of would-be writers who are either ‘working on a book,’ or planning ‘to start working’ on one – when they can find the time – and most of them have worked on that elusive book of theirs for years and years that they’ve even forgotten what the story was about in the first place.

Interestingly, they don’t share their attempts with anyone. They also hardly bother to read guides, blogs or articles that could help to improve their writing career. If you are such a closet writer who fails to show your work to anybody and unable to compare it to what’s obtainable out there, you are living in that highly deceptive fantasy land that your work is fabulous.

For some reason, lots of nonfiction writers think that writing a how-to book, a memoir or an autobiography is easier to write than fiction and this is far from the truth.




Writing nonfiction requires careful structuring — especially a memoir. To slap up a haphazard chronology of one’s life never makes for a compelling reading. I started writing a memoir and in the process of writing my memoir, I asked myself severally  ‘why would anyone want to read my memoir, what value does it have to offer?’ Needless to say, I am still writing this memoir, but rethinking my approach because the first attempt was as boring as ever.

You may need to burst your own bubble that you’re a self-taught writing genius oozing with all the talent in the world and that you don’t need to learn a thing or two about writing as a profession.

As long as nobody reads your work – no, not your long-suffering spouse, mother, agreeable siblings and friends – I am sorry to let you know that those everlasting works in progress of yours may never see the light of the day to make it to the top of the bottom of the bestseller lists on Amazon, New York, and wherever  you fancy, once you wake up and decide to share it.

Your attitude of ignorance might be a good one when you’re taking those first steps of venturing into the writing field when the tendency to self-doubt is at its peak. You create your first draft and learn the rules later because there are times when learning the rules first could be inundating and simply creates more doubt. However, learn the rules and the rope, you must.

If your hope is to publish eventually, spending years in the closet will simply not work in your favour. That sets you up for disappointments and possible scamming – yes, it happens.

There are scammers ready to thrive on your delusions.  Do your research before jumping into the marketplace to avoid the harsh realities of the University of writing hard knocks.

 Quick Tips

Google your interest area to find out how many similar books are out there. Read as many as you possibly can and approach yours from a fresh perspective.

If you do hope to publish your work at some point, you have to pay attention to this field of interest that you’re trying to enter. How do they perform in the market? Who are the target readers in this spectrum?

On a final note, don’t be afraid to get your work out there into the public eye. Criticism can only make it better and you could be delightfully surprised.

Let us know if you have published. What’s your experience been like? Do you plan to publish?  You can share insights in the comments and add titles/links of your published work if you have.

I hope you find this article useful. Check here for more writing tips.

 

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Publish and Start Earning Immediately

Earning from their creativity is the biggest challenge that most bloggers/creators face.

One of the goals of this platform blog is to seek tested ways that bloggers/writers, creative people can maximize and get the best out of their creativity and a huge part of that is earning some revenue.

It is my belief that asides from personal gratification, an artist/creator should earn from their endeavours and I can’t say this enough. We also have bills to pay like every other person.

In my quest to keep sourcing for ways of building income streams from my passion, I came across Niume.com.

I started using it to test and see. Based on my experience so far, I can say that Niume is a site that shares its’ revenue with its’ users.

Therefore, I would like to share with my readers’. You can promote your blog, publish your articles as well as earn from Niume.

The beauty of getting on Niume is that you don’t have to start creating new articles to publish if you already have articles that originally belong to you on your blog. You could re-purpose them and publish them right away.

It offers an opportunity for more exposure and as well as an opportunity to earn.

Here’s how it works:

Revenue streams

  • From Posts

On Niume you generate revenue based on the number of views on your posts.

Niume now pays a $1 RPM (revenues per mille) for the views on your posts.

Once the amount that you have generated plus the amount you earned through referrals reaches at least $10 dollars you will unlock your revenues and paid directly to your Paypal account.

  • From Referrals

They urge you to spread the love and gain some reward.

When a new creator that registered to the site through your personal referral link creates his/her first post you will both receive $1.

In order to count for referral, the post created must meet Niume’s content guidelines and not be removed by moderators.

Here are the categories that you can publish in and I bet you’ll be able to find stuff that fit in.Income through creativity. Publish, Earn, blog, promote, revenue streams, Niume

Photography

Art

Lifestyle

Travel

Literature

Interesting

Culture

Music

Technology

Business

Sport

Movies

It’s really that simple. Log in through my referral link, thank you very much, register your blog, publish and you simply watch your dashboard tell you how much you’ve earned each time.

I would love to hear from you when you try it out. Share your experience with us and do remember that nothing ventured, nothing gained.

 

It’s only fair to share.

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ESSENTIAL WRITERS TIPS 7

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To Improve, Prepare Yourself For Punishment

A great part of writing and being a writer involves criticism.  A lot of time, we are afraid of having our work scrutinized constructively by others that we pass up opportunities to have them take a carving knife to our revered work.

However, to effectively improve your writing, you have to take certain steps that would certainly cause you to cringe.

If you can afford a professional writer or editor, pay them to look at your work and give you critical feedback without sweetening it. The tougher the criticism, the more helpful for you in the longer run.

The narrow road of the publishing industry is full of rejections and criticisms from publishing houses, editors, agent etc and the sooner your mind opens up to such circumstances the better accustomed you become.

As harsh and painful as this reality might be, if you are serious and want to improve your writing, you’ve got to prepare your mind to know  everything that’s wrong with it and how to handle/correct them. You’ve simply got to own your shortcomings and work on them.

An alternative to having a paid editor/professional writer – when you can’t afford to – is to find Alpha/Beta readers – (no not your mother, please) who will support you by critiquing your work. Check this link for more writers’ tips.

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Start a great WordPress blog in 6 steps.

Easy Steps to Build Your Best WordPress Blog.

How to set up a great WordPress blog is the challenge most aspiring bloggers face when they make the decision to start blogging. The entire process of self-hosting a blog could be simplified by following these 6 easy steps outlined below.

  1. Choose a platform for your blog.
  2. Secure a domain name with GoDaddy or Bluehost.
  3. Get your hosting with WPEngine, Godaddy, Bluehost
  4. Configure your blog.
  5. Design your blog.
  6. Create useful content for your anticipated readers.

Step 1: Choose a platform for your blog.

There are many blogging platforms available out there that can help to get your content online, but I would recommend using the WordPress platform. If your goals include earning income from your blog, then a self-hosted WordPress.org site is highly recommended.

WordPress is popular, easy to install and user-friendly. It has been around for many years and has a robust, secure system with a lot of tools that will help you to develop and customize your blog.

WordPress blogging platform offers two categories:

  1. WordPress.com – a platform where WordPress host’s your blog and takes care of the backend while giving  you access to have your blog on their domain. You can start your blog free of cost, but there are options to upgrade to use various elements at a cost.
  2. WordPress.org – a platform where you have complete control to self-host your blog, decide how to configure and run it, its appearance and how to monetize your site. You need to organize your own hosting, domain, plug-ins etc at a cost dependent on the service provider.

If one of your primary aims is to earn from your site, my recommendation  would be to go with self-hosting on WordPress.org. It might need a bit of setup work at the early stage but in the long run, it would probably be more worth your while.

Step 2. Domain name and Hosting for your blog.

There are various hosting platforms that you may wish to consider; WP Engine, BlueHost, GoDaddy and many others.

You need to find a suitable domain name for your online abode, that will be your address and before choosing a name there are several factors to consider:

  1. What your domain name would insinuate in a readers’ mind from a brand perspective.
  2. How SEO friendly is it? Are there keywords that would help to rank in high in a search?
  3. Is it a name that could be easily recollected?
  4. Is it available to use to guard against copyright and Trademark issues?

Domain names are not too expensive to secure. I got “The art of beautiful expressions,” from GoDaddy for $11.34 for a year and for my blog hosting, I use WP Engine personal plan.

Step 3. Set Up Your Blog.

Depending on your hosting provider, installing WordPress is super simple and most of them create a simple video to show you step by step how to do it and if you meet challenges during this process, there’s also live chat support system that answers all your questions and assists you to get it done.

WordPress equally has a 5-minute installation handy guide that can help you. You are almost there – Just hang in!

Step 4. Configure your blog.

The team at WP Engine have series of tutorials and videos that walk you through the process of configuring your blog and that even the most tech-challenged person like myself was able to do it without feeling entirely overwhelmed. Their support garage also assists through a chat session.

Once your blog has been set up, you’ll need to design your blog.

Step 5. Designing your blog.

There are thousands of free themes out there, but you’ll want to invest in a theme that works for you. You would want to choose a theme that creates the impression that you seek. Impressions do count and you want something that makes your blog’s individuality stand out.

Preferably, a premium theme that’s simple, classy and clean, that would allow you tweaking room as you over time would be my choice and these days, there are many tutorials online that can teach you the skills of customizing your theme. The important thing is to set up your blog and evolve as you go.

Step 6. Creating Useful Content for your anticipated readers.

Now comes the fun part of blogging – writing and publishing your posts. After going through the steps of setting up your blog, what counts most is your blog’s content. An empty blog will not keep anyone’s attention, so, go right ahead and start churning out your interesting posts.

The two basic contents that you create on your blog are your pages and your blog posts. Your blog pages are static pages that won’t change much – except you edit them from time to time. They are pages such as “About Page, Contact Page,” while you create your blog posts on a regular basis depending on your writing schedule. Your published posts will turn up at the front page of your blog, with a date to show when it got published.

Congratulations. You are all set to go and my hope is that you’ll enjoy the beautiful experience of blogging. You can check here for tips on how to monetize your blog.

I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to let us know about your blog and any suggestions on how this guide can make the start-up process easier is most welcome in the comments below.

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