Anonymous asked fuckyourwritinghabits:My friends and family tell me writing isn’t a real job and that I should do it on the side. They say it wouldn’t be a very smart choice to make it my job and that I should wait until I’m famous to do it full time. This really discouraged me. Do they have a point? If they don’t, how do I respond to this?
This is really hard to deal with. While I don’t understand their reasoning exactly, I can see where they’re coming from. More and more websites aren’t paying writers for their contributions, relying instead on paying in ‘exposure’ (never work for ‘exposure’). Fictional short stories don’t pay very much, and novel publishing is a long, hard, and scary process.
- Figure out what kind of writing you want to do. Be specific. The more detailed you can make your reasoning, the easier it will be to shut other people up. If you clearly know the industry and know what you’re in for and they don’t, you can silence them with your knowledge.
- Find monetizing options. Copywriting is the least exciting thing out there, but it might pay the bills. Cracked only pays 100$ an article to start with, but it’s a good way to cut your teeth. Learn the ins and outs of what makes money and how much it makes.
- Specialize. Let’s say you want to be a journalist. In order to have an edge, you can get together specific skills-learn a foreign language, become well-versed in economics, study climate change, etc. Even if your path is fiction writing, you still want to find that thing that calls to you and make it your thing.
- Have a back-up plan. My parents stressed having a back-up plan, or a ‘paying’ job when I told them I wanted to be a writer; therefore I have an MA in Teaching ESL. You can stay close to the industry-work in publishing, write for literary magazines, etc-or you can find something you really enjoy and wouldn’t mind doing until you ‘make it’ as a writer. Don’t get me wrong; a lot of writers work shitty jobs before they get their start, often because they have no choice. If this is what you have to do, it’s what you have to do. Don’t be ashamed of working at McDonalds to pay for rent; keep your eyes on your goals, and keep working.
- Get Team You. You need a support team, a Jaeger pit crew, some people to help you get where you need to go. Find that support! Get friends with similar interests, talk to internet buddies. You need encouragement; don’t let others drag you down.
Lots of artists struggle for support from their friends and families; you’re not alone. Stick to your guns, make plans, and work hard. You’ll get there!
Many bloggers produce content that is overflowing with great ideas, exciting potential, and great advice, but they don’t know how to emotionally connect with readers, hold their attention, and get readers sucked into their blog posts and articles.
Here, I want to give you five easy tactics you can use to instantly transform any blog post from an ordinary piece of content into an empathetic work of art.
This article covers three main topics:
1. How to make your posts stand out
2. How to get readers sucked into whatever you write
3. How to get readers to feel connected with you and your blog
So, with that, let’s get started.. You must be interesting
If you’ve ever stopped to look around at what holds our attention today, you’d conclude three things do: music, television, and books.
And what do all three have in common?
They stimulate our emotions.
If you look up the definition of “interesting” (as defined on dictionary.com), you’ll find: “Arousing a feeling of interest.”
That doesn’t mean “You must write logically informative content” or “you need to have information that will help them move forward”; it says that you keep someone’s attention by stimulating emotions.
Everything we do in our lives is to experience some sort of positive emotion, and everything we don’t do is to avoid experiencing some sort of negative emotion.
But what causes emotion in the first place… and how do you write in a way that gets your reader’s emotions flowing, gets them connected to your writing, and gets them drawn into you and your blog?
That’s what I’m going to get into now.
Any advice for a writer who writes something but then thinks instantly that it's crappy work? I want to learn how to love my stories. I just seem to can't trust any of them because I fear people's judgments.
Keep going! You have a story, and you want to tell it. That makes it important. That makes it worth telling. If people say otherwise, ignore them.
When you write something and are then dismayed at how crappy/bad/not up to quality it is, that is your brain going “I know what I want, I know how to do this, and this isn’t it”. You’re working your own personal quality filters in order to get at something that is the quality YOU enjoy, that you perceive to be the best; but no one starts out there. Most of the time people start out crying and struggling and saying “Why isn’t this as good as I want it to be???” and that’s exactly where you SHOULD be starting. You should be starting there (as a writer) because it means you have a goal to reach, a level of quality that means “This Is Good, This Is Quality”, to reach for. You’ve built up that level by reading(/watching/playing/seeing) all the books and movies and stories you’ve ever read. And that’s intimidating, so when what you produce isn’t there, discouragement is bound to happen. That means you need to keep going, because every time you keep going, you are fine-tuning your creative output muscles and bringing themcloser to where you want your creative output muscles to be.
Keep going. Build up a Team You, who will be your cheerleaders and soundboarders and take you out for drinks or tea or delicious ramen when you’re feeling really down about your work. You can talk about your characters, your ideas, your plots to them. Anything! And if it turns out that your friends or other people who you approach to be on your Team You aren’t what you need, you take them off the team.
Help I don’t know what to write!
Help I don’t how to plot my story!
In one sentence is the spark of a story. Ignite.
Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a memory about this sentence. Write something about this sentence.
Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!
Alright, Anon gave me an interesting idea. Since the Random Title Generator is so popular, why not stage a contest based on it? Winner gets a ten dollar gift card to a place of their choosing. If you’re British or French or Brazilian or what-have-you, we’ll work something out.
- Go to the Random Title Generator and generate some random titles.
- Pick your favorite title out of the six.
- Write a 100 word drabble based on said title. No more than 100 words, and I will count because I’m particular.
- I do not care one whit what your story’s about.
- Submit it to MY INBOX: if you send it to FYCD, it’ll get deleted and the other mods will be mildly disgruntled.
- You have until August 9th at 11:59 PST.
- Entries will be judged by me based on quality and originality. Also whether or not you followed the damn rules.
Winner will be posted within a week of the ninth and, like I said, gets ten bucks to wherever they want. Or something.
We asked the followers to describe a few unique smells as best they could, so that someone who had never smelled the smell could understand. Here are the results! (Some are pretty smells, some are not pretty smells. You have been warned).
As some of you may have noticed (the ones who read my URL. Most of you, yes, all of you. I know you’re not stupid), English is definitely not my first language. Anyway, while I kind of taught English to myself while watching movies and TV Shows, and starting to write right away, I still need a little grammar check from times to time, and well, who can’t say no to learning more about grammar? So here’s a few links to a few damn useful website that could be useful, whether English is, or not, your first language. Oh, and added some Vocabulary at the end, because who doesn’t want to learn new words?
- What are basic english grammar rules?
- It’s vs Its
- To and Too
- The difference between who and whom
- Grammar Lessons on Grammar Monster
- Common Grammar Errors
- English Grammar Lessons
- Grammar Topics on edufind
- English Club Grammar
- English Grammar Reference and exercises
- KGills Grammar Tips
- English Grammar 101
- 40+ tips to improve your grammar and punctuation
- Dashes and Parentheses
- 11 Grammar Tips
BETTER YOUR VOCABULARY
- Building a better Vocabulary
- Effective Ways To Improve your vocabulary
- Build Your Vocabulary
- How To Improve your vocabulary steadily
- 100 Advanced English Words
- Improve Your Vocabulary
BONUS: SPOT THE GRAMMAR MISTAKES
Hopefully this helped a few of you, native english speakers or not!