how to make a living as a writer when creative writing isn’t paying the bills

how to make a living as a writer when creative writing isn’t paying the bills

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  1. thank you, alaura. a lot of takeaways here. most lead-gen, sales-funnel blogs about freelance writing seem to be all stick, no carrot. but i found a lot lot lot of value here.

    reassurance, too.

    maybe i can offer piece of my experience? the more i focus on the writing *i actually like doing,* the more baby steps i seem to take in the right direction. i like fetching a healthy per-blog rate, yes. but do i feel as engaged with blog posts as i do with sales letters?

    heck no!

    for another writer, it might be the opposite.

    sometimes it feels like leveling up, sometimes it feels like spinning the tires. but we refine and fail and refine and fail.

    and do we ever arrive?

    shoot.

    • thanks, martin! i absolutely agree that honing in on what you like doing and specializing in it–and defining who it is you like to work with in terms of clients– will propel you upward in your career. it all comes down to: how do you want to spend your time? the most successful people i know are the ones who have defined their purpose, express their purpose in their work, and allow their purpose to inform on their decisions as to what projects to take on and which ones to pass by.

  2. “maybe it comes from the twisted viewpoint that if you’re doing something creative or something you love, you’re not really working.”

    alaura,

    this made me cry.

    thank you so much!

  3. hi there,
    i’m not familiar with this piece of jargon (though i’ve been writing copy for 30+ years): “user experience (ux) copy.” could you please explain what that refers to and how it’s different from a web page?
    thanks!

    • hi marcia,
      user experience copy covers basically any of the interactive text you see in mobile apps, notifications and software platforms that help you use the product (as opposed to getting someone to buy something).

      so while website copy is often what you see before you log into a platform, ux copy is what you see after you log in/opt in that helps you attain mastery (and fandom) of the product.

      here’s a helpful article about it: http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/what-is-ux-writing/

  4. aulaura,

    maybe my creative writing as an upcoming author will cover my bills in the long run, but i will still continue with my social media activities, as i enjoy doing them! 🙂

  5. hi alaura,
    i’m impressed learning a set of new things! i love this way you teach to follow writing that really makes bread. the analogy between facebook ad content and blog content value is appreciable.
    in fact, while a write-up follows the pain points of potential clients and solves their requirement (satisfy their question), then it gets a class of 10x content. to meet this ideal form, every writer will have to go through a long journey of experience. i’m on the same journey and get enough impressive light to walk clearly. thank you so much for sharing this.
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  6. thanks for sharing your insights, alaura! i found it very interesting – had no idea that an expert copywriter can charge up to 10k?!

  7. well-researched, thought and inspiration provoking! loaded with great info. i’m in the process of taking a different approach to my coaching, and this is a perfect resource to save. thank you for the perfection!

  8. i don’t want to be a writer and i usually don’t like self advertising masked by a ‘how to’ article, but this was a good read. interesting and insightful without being pretentious. maybe i’ll get choose yourself.

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