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Important Characteristics of Writers Who Do More

Why do some writers accomplish more? I have observed many great bloggers and writers do a few more articles, update much more frequently, and just accomplish a whole lot more. Gleaning from them, I have learned what it takes. Here are important things effective writers do.

Efficient writers store ideas big time.If you want to be great, you will not miss on any idea which comes to your mind. Just as illustrators and painters carry their sketchpad everywhere, writers should carry a notepad (IPad, net book if you want). It’s a given fact that writers capitalize on ideas. If you want to have lots of them and have them handy for any project, then be a bank of ideas. Never let a single one escape your mind. Some writers carry a small notepad with them.

Efficient writers test their ideas with time.They treat their thoughts as deposits which when allowed to stand for a while yield interest. Update whatever you have written on your notepad with more thoughts as you let them stand for a week or so. When you sit down to actually make an article, you will not run out of support information to use.

Efficient writers major on simple content.You will find that many great bloggers post simple articles and schedule for just two to three more complex articles in a week. You don’t have to stick out your biggest gun every time you post. Longer and more complex articles can be done twice or three times a week. Stick to simpler and shorter articles when you need to post daily.

Efficient writers know how to use research. This present age has the tendency to make us victims of information overload. Efficient writers don’t allow themselves to fall for such. They usually get just enough of what they need and spare other valuable information for future use. Just because we have much information at hand doesn’t necessarily mean we need to utilize them at one time. To better manage your research, do it before you actually write your article.

Efficient writers organize content quickly. Writers who accomplish more know how to go about their work in no time. Most of them use bullets and numbered lists which are great when categorizing and arranging thoughts. This makes things easier to group together. Bullets and numbers are more friendly with readers.

Efficient writers are great at using words. They know that one can only occupy just enough space for readers to keep reading so choosing their words properly is extremely important. Writers who do more use short and effective language to deliver their thoughts to their readers.

Efficient writers don’t stop. When one idea just doesn’t work, they make it a point to never stop. I know of one great blogger who finds other topics to write once they encounter the writer’s block. When ideas are stored for use anytime, writers won’t run out of topics to write.

These are but a few of the important things I have watched great writers do. These practices set them apart from the rest.

How about you? Share some of your own best experiences and observations on doing more as a writer. It would be great to learn together. Please write on my comment box. Thank you.

Students and OFWs: Earn Extra Income by Writing Online Articles

What if you don’t have to leave your family and still earn dollars? Or what if you shorten your time away from your family by earning extra income as an OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers)? I’m going to share with you how.

Can you write? Or do you love to write? You can earn by writing online articles. It is a great alternative to applying for a job abroad as OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) or at least, earning while you wait for your chance to leave. Earning money is not the only goal of writing online articles but it’s definitely one good reason to try the job. I’d like to specifically discuss it on this post.

I was just trying to look for a place on the web to post my products when I stumbled upon “online jobs”. I clicked on the links and found (aside from malware and suspicious files) hundreds and hundreds of possible income from the web. Writing online articles got most of my attention.

It was surprising to know that there are a number of Filipinos writing online articles today. I surfed further and landed on a post (I called it a testimonial back then. I did not know anything about posts at the time) of a doctor who stopped seeing patients and wrote articles to get paid dollars. Her link introduced me to a bidding site for online jobs. It was an entirely new world for me and apart from the tips I got from that post I did not have any idea what to do. But I tried, and I’m on!

How do you go about it? The following platforms will get you started slowly but will surely teach you how to get there:

Bidding Sites. Thank God, I joined Freelancer.Com. It’s a site where you just register using an e-mail address and post some of your skills, experiences, and portfolio. Then you place a bid on projects you like. I didn’t win projects right away. You usually need to bid at least 15 times before you get your first job. I got mine after three bid attempts. I’ll tell you how to do it on my next posts. I had three clients on my first week.

Pay isn’t much when you’re just starting, but sites such as Freelancer.Com, Elance.Com, Scriptlance.Com, oDesk.Com can prove a good launching, and can train you on the following:

  • Knowing how to market yourself as a freelance writer and get the best jobs
  • Learning how to choose the best clients and knowing how to deal with them
  • Learning to write for the web (it’s a world different from other media)
  • Keeping up with submissions and deadlines
  • Learning about secure payment transactions
  • Maximizing your income potential

Blogging for money.  A few years ago, bloggers are just people who post their journals online but blogging have evolved from being more than just personal daily journals and musings. There are bloggers earning significant income from ads, reviews, marketing and a lot more things. We are also going to talk about this on my next posts. Money is not a problem at all if you want to start. Top free blogging sites are WordPress.Com and Blogger.Com, followed by many others. Surf over Google if you want to learn more about free blogging sites or platforms.

Profit through ghostwriting. It is basically writing a book or an article and not getting credit for it except cash. Well, kind of writing for just cash but it’s actually more than that.

A ghostwriter uses the voice of his client who can either be a company, an individual writer, or any form of business. You may find it kind of rude to let others take the credit for your hard-earned article. But after fully understanding this job, I began to look for an opportunity. Ghostwriting jobs pay around $20 to $200 per page. Some ghostwriters earn $1,000 to $2,000 per project. You can earn as much as you roll.

On my next posts, we are going to talk more specifically about these platforms but for now I want you to start doing something. Go to Google and find the sites I mentioned. See where you would want to start with your online writing career and get a feel of what I’m talking about. Should you need to ask some questions, or have any comments and suggestions, place them on the comment box below and like me on Facebook so we can talk. Following me on Twitter would be wonderful, too.

I believe in the wonderful gifts God gave us Filipinos. Filipinos write well. You will see when you start doing this job. I believe in you!

Write for What Drives You

These four amazing statements can change the way you write forever. It’s starting to change mine.

I had been writing articles for a while and got very good results from time to time but I just knew I wasn’t quiet getting near. The past few days I have been bombarded with articles with matter-of-life issues too many they are like pushing me hard against the wall. I realized the following principles.

1. Something great is deposited in you and if it doesn’t  drive you, it interferes with what you do.

Are you driven enough by something?

If you were like me who thinks you have potential to write, you may assume all it takes is willingness and some knowledge.  Not quite.

When I was just starting to write online I had to write on subjects and topics I didn’t have any idea of, and boy, was it tough! I had been to writing about fishing rods, hammers, handyman tools, designer boots, natural health remedies (these ones I really enjoyed to do research and write on, by the way), musical instruments, chairs and furniture, curtains, grills, insurance, gadgets, etc.

The worst I had was writing on different kinds of martial arts! I had terrible migraine. It was either my clients left me, or I left them because I had to.

2. You get better results when writing about things that drive you, things you are passionate about.

While going through this post, I think of a drummer friend. Wherever he goes and whatever he does, he just slips on this neat habit of drumming his fingers (or hands, if he gets the chance) on any surface: his thighs, on the coffee table, on a book cover, on a bed, on the walls, on his head!

This is what passion is all about, and you’ve got it inside of you!

What will you continue doing even without the possibility of earning money from it?

3. When you follow where your passion leads you, the money will just come in. 

I just figured out for the past few days, I really need to write. I really need to do research. I really need to study and dig into things others don’t care about. But I really need to write. I wrote when I was younger, on our school paper. I wrote when I was even much younger, creating novels and comic strips for my friends to read. Writing is a journey. Somehow, I find comfort in being able to write online and do my posts, but I know I have not fully arrived (and I bet I never will!).

4. Your passion is a big answer to one of the world’s most authentic needs.

Whose lives are going to be changed once you get moving? Or who will continually go down if you don’t do anything with what you have?

This is the toughest question, so far. But I have been thinking about it just last night, and until now! Of course, I see my own family needing a lot of things. Who wouldn’t? You might think of your own son not getting the medical attention he needs. Or your husband needing some help. Or your bills pile up. But a writer who wants to do more needs to see more.

I see other moms so desperately needing help. I see them in their homes, I see them trying to bring up their kids in scarcity. I see them struggling to help their husbands make both ends meet. I see them dead tired and hungry and I see their children cry. I see them struggling within themselves to rise up and do something. Whether that’s earning through a home-based business, writing online just like me, or whatever, I just feel I need to do something to help them.

4. You were destined for something  BIG!

Some kind of prophetic writing there, huh? But I’m beginning to love this inner healing, this release of a wonderful great insight, an unleashing of a mighty giant deep within any mom has. Aaah… What an awesome relief. Who knows I might also go back to drawing and painting tomorrow? I’m still on a journey, and this proves to be an exciting one!

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