We read and write more than we used to do 20 years ago.
Go back to 100 years ago, you will find us doing more talking than writing. Times have changed. Facebook has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users and it’s filled with lots of words.
Twitter is worth $23.5 billion and has over 300 million monthly active users. Open your Twitter Timeline and you’ll see lots of words.
LinkedIn, Reddit, Quora – words!
It seems like we are all writers now.
More people now have internet access at home. Uncountable people take the internet everywhere they go. We now live in the Words World where everyone writes.
You’re a writer.
Some people just like you and I took advantage of the internet to write. They achieved fame and wealth as a result of that simple act.
Amanda Hocking became a millionaire. She was just writing in the comments section of JA Konrath’s blog and she built her community that way. Her books sold thousands of copies each month as a result of that simple act.
Look at someone like EL James, who wrote Fifty Shades of Grey. She was writing on fan fiction sites. See where she is today? She has achieved wealth and fame as a result of that simple act.
James Altucher writes because he wants pretty girls to like him. He self-publish “Choose Yourself”, sold over 100,000 copies within a short time, and became a New York Times bestseller. Today, he’s wealthy and famous as a result of that simple act.
Pete Cashmore started Mashable in his parents’ home in Scotland. Today, Mashable is valued at a reported $200 million.
Brian Clark built a multi-million dollar company named Copyblogger from just writing alone.
You can do that. You’re a writer too.
In 2008, Yaro Starak packed up his laptop, got on a plane, and traveled around the world, stopping in 23 cities in over 8 months.
He once claimed he makes $10,000 per month blogging 2 hours a day. Writing online changed his life.
I can mention hundreds of names of people who’d achieved wealth and fame from writing online alone.
I believe you have a unique story the world will like to hear. You’ve gone through a lot of ups and downs in your life. You have a skill people would like to have too. Why not share it with the world through blogging?
Blogging is one of the cheapest and one of the low-risk ways to wealth.
It has helped a lot of people achieved freedom. These are people who aren’t even smart and creative than you.
The first step is to know the right place to start your blog.
After that, you need to put on your writing hat. You can now call yourself a professional writer.
Yes, you can write. It’s just that your writing genius has been sleeping due to inactivity. It’s time to wake it up.
Here are the 7 steps to awaking your writing powers:
1. Learn the Writing Craft
People like Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk are masters in their fields. They are innovators, they are leaders, they’ve built something great from scratch.
But they had to learn their crafts.
That is how they became experts.
The truth is they started out like the rest of us. They weren’t born masters.
Warren Buffett just sits in his office and read all day.
Elon Musk is one of the most noted living entrepreneurs. He has invented new cars and space shuttles by becoming a student again and again in unrelated industries.
Bill Gates used to learn how to program when his friends were out eating lunch.
These smart men didn’t just jump into their fields. They had to learn their crafts first. The
the same thing applies to write.
Do you want to become a great writer?
Then you have to learn the dos and don’ts of good writing.
Dedicate more time to learning writing. Continue to hone your writing technique, your skill, and your style – this is what will help you stand out.
2. Be Curious
Great writers, inventors, and entrepreneurs are curious people. They are good at questioning everything they see.
They know the rules and formulas of the game, but they just don’t rely on them. They want to break those rules. They want to see what will come out of it.
They are also good at borrowing good ideas from other people, companies, and industries.
They want to see what the result would look like.
Curious people are also not afraid to try their own ideas too.
We now live in an era of constant innovation and discovery. This is because we now have more curious people in our society.
3. Don’t Be Afraid of Failure
Great writers are extraordinary people that are not afraid to fail. Of course, you’re extraordinary too. That is why you’ll become a great writer.
The opposite of success is not a failure. It is inaction.
You won’t become a great writer if you refuse to take action. And you may never be able to quit your boring job, achieve your dreams, and become your own boss. That’s not too good which is why you have to take action.
Don’t be scared of people criticizing you. Don’t be scared of people laughing at what you wrote. Don’t be scared of people disagreeing with your views.
I remembered when I started writing online, people would laugh when they read my articles. They were full of errors. My English was too poor that I felt ashamed of myself.
Thank goodness I have thick skin and wasn’t afraid of failure. Today my writing is much better… and I’m still improving.
Bill Gates said that he prefers to hire people who make mistakes over those who don’t. People who make mistakes are at least doing something, and they can learn from their mistakes.
Every article you write won’t become a hit. But the more you keep hitting the “publish” button, the more you’re likely to succeed as a writer.
4. Focus on The Important Writing Tasks
There are many tasks professional writers do every day:
- Writers keep in touch with their readers on Twitter and Facebook.
- They grow their network on LinkedIn.
- They reply to every email they receive.
- They take care of their bills too, just like people do.
- They watch their kids.
- They go out with their loved ones.
Out of all these tasks, there’s one that stands out. This is the task that put food on the table. That’s writing for me.
If you’re not busy with writing, then you’re not a writer.
Professional writers write almost every single day. That is why they’re successful.
This is not to say that writing is the only important task writers do every day. They also go out there and promote their works. They analyze their progress too.
5. Turn Old Ideas into Something Great and New
Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings. – Steven Johnson
I receive most of my blog post ideas from reading old content from other people’s blogs.
For example, I was inspired to write this article after reading Dean Rieck’s Wake Up! 7 Simple Ways to Energize Your Writing Powers.
That article was published on Copyblogger in 2010 and it’s still relevant today. But I think I can deliver a better, high-quality blog post using the same ideas conveyed in that article.
Revisiting old ideas is the perfect solution for dealing with writer’s block.
I never run out of blog post ideas because they are thousands of old content out there that needs improvement.
The process I use is very simple.
What I do is:
- Find an old post that received a lot of comments, links, and social shares.
- I put the title at the top of a blank page and rewrite it until I have something new and interesting.
- Read the old content and write down the main ideas it conveys.
- I then deliver a better copy by providing examples, short stories, case studies, images, videos, and more!
- That’s how you can make an interesting old idea more interesting.
6. Plan Before You Write
You’re likely to prepare yourself well before you give a speech. Writing is like that too.
Do you want to write the best post on a consistent basis?
Then you have to plan before you write a single word.
Whether you want to amuse, inform, entertain, or educate your readers, you have to plan how you intend to achieve that from the very beginning.
First, you have to recognize the key message of your blog post. Your title should reveal itself from the key message.
Next, you have to plan the details of that message. This is when you need to do outlining.
Thirdly, you should plan the introduction.
A good blog post begins with a good opening.
This blog post opening was planned from the very beginning. So, I knew what it was going to look like before I even begin to write.
An interesting movie is always backed up with an interesting ending. The same thing applies to write.
Your conclusion should leave the reader with a feeling of satisfaction. This won’t happen by accident except you plan it.
7. Recognize The Rituals That Get You into the Writing Mood
I love starting my writing early in the morning before sunrise.
- I do my morning devotion immediately after I’m up.
- Then, I rush to pick up my toothbrush and brush my teeth.
- Then I jump on the bed.
- Then I listen to some nice Eminem songs.
- Then I open my browser to read the latest sports news.
- Then I read cool success stories to finally get into the writing mood.
When I finally begin writing, I keep typing until it’s about noon. Because I didn’t eat breakfast (not recommended), I start feeling hungry at this stage.
Then I get something to eat and switch on the TV to see what’s happening in the world.
Then I watch some movies.
Now, I eat again and read more sports news. I do this to procrastinate, but it gets me in the writing mood.
After procrastinating for about 30 minutes – 1 hour, I’ll finally get back to where I left my writing and start hitting the keyboard again.
I write for 2 more hours before I sign off and start reading every piece of trash that has been published online.
But I’ve been managed to write a lot just by following my rituals. They make me productive as a writer while I still have fun.
Even great writers have some weird rituals too.
Charles Dickens and Henry Miller both used to wander Europe trying to get lost.
Copywriter Ben Settle claimed he likes listening to inspirational movie soundtracks on repeat.
Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus write while standing.
These rituals get them into the writing mood.
You have to recognize yours.
It could be looking into the mirror and talking to yourself for about half-an-hour.
It could be meditation.
It doesn’t have to be weird. It just has to get you into the writing mood.
Writing online is fun. Why it’s more fun is that it can help you quit your boring job, and pay the bills.
Not only that.
It could buy you a new house, help you travel the world, help you marry a hot girl or a good looking guy that’s just for you.
It’s not all about the money.
It can also help you become famous in society. It can make you happy too.
You can start with a blog today. Blogging is a key to financial freedom.
What is preventing you from blogging?