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Writing Tips: Writing for Cash

Submitted by on March 2, 2010 – 03:36No Comment

And so, you have heard how writers earn a living just by penning down their thoughts and sharing their words; how they sold millions of books and bought new bungalows with them. It all sounds too easy for them – all they do is write their thoughts, you start to wonder why you are working so hard to earn cash. If only you can write, if only you can be like them. And yes, you can!

You don’t have to be a writer to write for cash. You just have to know how to write and write well in the language of your choice. And you will be able to write for cash. Look at all the blooming bloggers around you. Some of them have even gone into blogging fulltime because it earns them enough cash for a living. They are not even as popular as J. K. Rowling (author of Harry Potter) but they are earning from their writings/postings on their blogs. And the secret behind their success is they know how to blog for cash. If you want to earn some pocket money from writing, you will have to know how to write for cash. And here’s how to do it.

Get a Word Processor installed. Gone are the days when a writer can just make a living with simple tools like pens, papers and erasers. Everything has to be in softcopy now. So get yourself a Word Processor and familiarise yourself with it. It is extremely useful for spell checks and grammatical checks when you write. You don’t have to be a superman-writer to write for cash, but you do have to make sure that your writing is free from the common mistakes such as spelling errors, grammatical structure, etc. A smooth readable article is good enough to earn you cash.

Aim for any mediums at all. Everyone is going for the golden mountains. The national media probably receives hundred of requests from wanna-be writers every day who wants to contribute to their publication. Why aim for the big players and force yourself into tight competitions when you can probably score a writing contribution with smaller mediums such as the local newsletters in your neighbourhood or the local community magazines? Your aim is to write for cash, and cash comes from even the smallest publications. So aim local, your chances are higher.

Choose non-seasonal topics. And I don’t mean all the boring stuff that people can google and read elsewhere. Choose topics that would never expire no matter when and where they are published. For example, write about the history of filmmaking, family relationships, friendships, etc. Choose a generic topic and write it from your perspective – give it a breath of fresh air. Publications are always sourcing for writing materials like this because it could be used as fillers for features, accompanying write-up for main articles, etc.

With these three steps, I kicked off my freelance writing career and it has been blooming. I send in emails to editors of publications which I am interested to contribute, email them some writing samples and I am ready to roll. It’s just small writing contributions here and there, but when I pull the resources together, I gather a nice sum of pocket money every month. It’s a simple way to write for cash without putting in much effort.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2010

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