Just like teachers, doctors, and soldiers, writers are very influential people. Others may feel discouraged about pursuing this profession because of the low chances of standing out amongst a handful of writers, but in reality, writing itself is the greatest reward one can get.
No matter how the world changes, words would always have a power over how people think and act. Even if you are out biking or just plainly sleeping at home, someone out there may be reading your post, and you may be changing lives without you even knowing it.
Having this power is a great privilege as it enables you to change the world in your own little way. It empowers you the same way that it empowers others, and this is definitely more than just a penny’s worth.
Step 1: Reflect
If you want to become a content writer, ask yourself first, “Am I really willing to use this special gift to bless others with the information they need or would I be just like the other content writers out there who are in it for the money?”
Writing for fun is different from being a content writer. At times, you may not be given topics that you are familiar with, and it is your job to deliver quality content regardless of the unfamiliarity.
This is the same way as when you are given tasks that you need to accomplish within a limited timeframe. Even if you are not in the mood to get behind that computer and type content for people you might not even know, you must have the will and the drive to deliver quality content because your readers deserve more than just empty words. And this drive, my friend, comes purely out of passion.
The Realities of Being a Content Writer
A lot of people ask me how to be a content writer, and by now, you may already know the most important foundation of becoming one. But aside from having the drive to push away barriers, below are some of the realities you need to face as you become a part of this world:
- Creativity: Unleashing your creativity may be your main reason behind choosing this path, but becoming a content writer means that you are going to write about topics that bore you to death—topics that you don’t even want to read about, and there is basically nothing you can do about it because these are the contents that sell.
- Profitability: Well, you need to deal with the fact that once you choose this career path, you are going to receive a low pay. Most writers receive 10 USD an hour, depending on the level of expertise. And while you can apply for higher positions, you have to have more qualifications as you go along, and this is not as easy as it sounds. You’d need training, certificates and years of experience to qualify as project managers and researchers.
- Deadlines: Even if you are working at home, it doesn’t mean that you have all the time in the world. As a content writer, you must be prepared for the quick turn-around especially if your employers require you to work on a deadline. Some employers pay by the number of words or the number of hours you spend on the job, but either way, you’d have deadlines that you need to meet.
Now that all the realities are laid out in front of you, are you still interested? If the answer is yes, then let’s move on to preparing you to become one.
Step 2: Develop Your Skills
No matter how proficient you are, becoming a content writer is a different case. If you have no previous experience in this field, it is best that you look for ways to develop the skills that you already have. You can do this by spending time on the following.
- Enroll in an Online Class: Even if you already have a degree in a specific language, learning about becoming a content writer will enable you to gain an advantage especially during the early phases of your career. There are online writing classes that can teach you techniques that can become your valuable tool in competing in this field.
- Read: Each writer has his/her own writing style, and what you choose is highly dependent on what appeals to you the most. By reading more, you are enabling your mind to adapt writing styles that you can use in the future. Be observant and always look for writers who you can learn from.
- Practice: Nothing beats practice. Even if it’s just writing simple blogs or social media posts, practicing can lead to mastery. Once you master writing techniques, it will be easier for you write a range of topics in the future. Then, content creation will be much easier to do.
- Be Flexible: Don’t just write about topics you are comfortable with; write topics that you are not knowledgeable about. This way, your mind will be more flexible in terms of writing for different niches.
Step 3: Create a Bank of Ideas
Documenting ideas that you want to write about and researching about topics that may be relevant to your niche can help you become the best writer you can be. Once an idea enters your mind, make sure to take note of it and research on it.
Then, look for references that you can use in the future and save the links. By doing so, you are saving yourself from future work and you are also enriching yourself mentally. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone and there you have it.
Step 4: Be Your Own Critic
If you want to be the best in your field, you have to be your greatest critic. Edit your work and look for rooms for improvement. By constantly doing this, you are opening yourself to the possibility of maturing and developing as a writer. Also, don’t forget to be open to constructive criticisms as they will help you move on to becoming a wiser and braver writer.
With hard work, passion and an open mind, becoming a person worthy to be called a writer is not a distant star.
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