MAKE MONEY WRITING GUIDE
Hi, Writer in the making!
Thank you for reading my Beginners Guide. I hope you will find this guide informative to give you answers to some of your questions.
I intend to give you the bigger picture of how to get there – as a writer who gets published.
Some writers speak English as a second language. That should not stop you from living your dream.
My name is Femia. Zegu is my pen name. I grew up having an unquenchable quest for writing hoping one day I’d become a published writer.
I am an observant person with an eye for detail. Nothing seems to escape my scrutinising eyes.
The irony, though, is I’m not gifted in public speaking and tend to be more on the introvert side. So, I find complete solace in writing.
Reading novels has been my favourite pastimes since the time I was able to read and write. Besides entertaining, I find novels a genuine source of information.
Coming this far hasn't been easy
It has not been easy for me to live my dream due to a fixed mindset I’ve had for ages that distracted me. Instead of focusing on achieving my goal to make it as a writer, I’ve been preoccupied with thoughts. Negative thoughts that whispered into my ear.
‘Do you think you can make it? It’s impossible, your dream is sealed. How can that happen when you speak English as a second language? If I where you, I would find something else to do .’’
Had I not shifted this mindset, I would have remained stuck in limbo. The moment I started to focus on my goals with a positive mindset, everything shifted.
The jigsaw puzzle began to take a meaningful shape. I’m not yet a perfect writer but I started what needed to be done.
Octavia E. Butler rightly says it, ”You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.
That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
Where it all started
I was born and bred in Harare. I briefly worked as a news sub-editor. During my short stint in sub-editing, I received in-house training in journalism.
Years later, I moved to live in the UK but that did not quench my quench to continue writing and see some of my work published.
How to begin to write?
I know very well that to start writing is the hardest part of a writing career.
I’m 100% convinced that you can make great progress with some help. A pinch of writing advice for beginners will certainly shift your perspective.
I’m not going to teach you how to write. I’m here to encourage you. If you have a passion or a burning desire to carve your career in the writing niche, then you are on the right track.
What it takes to be a successful writer?
To become a successful writer you need a set of skills and some good personal attributes.
I’ve been working hard to develop the required set of skills. I think the best way to develop your writing techniques is to cultivate a broad outlook.
- You can achieve this by reading widely and observing the world around you.
- By combining whatever natural ability you have with expert guidance. To discover where your true talent lie, you need to expose yourself to a broad experience of the various kinds of writing that are open to you.
Until you have tried diverse types of writing, how will you know where your true interest lies?
To cultivate a broad outlook, I have touched on different writing genres on this site, myownlinescrawl.com.
o Academic Writing
o Writing for Money
o How to Create A Blog
o Writing for Children
o Writing Online
o Writing a Book
o Writing a Song
o Writing News Stories
o Writing In-House Style
New skills acquired
My accomplishments in learning new skills and techniques cover the following.
- I learned how to build a website.
- I learned how to blog for a living.
- I learned how affiliate marketing works.
- I have written a quick-read eBook.
- I speak English as a second language, but I have not allowed it to stand in the way of my progress.
MAKING A WRITER OUT OF YOU
Know when to write and when to stop
This is something you need to decide for yourself. You know when it’s best for you to write and when to stop or put on hold for a while.
Some writers are unable to work unless the environment is suitable. As for me, I prefer rising up early in the morning. Then, I write for an hour and a half or more.
All I’m saying is that it boils down to your personal preferences and the amount of time you have at your disposal.
How to start to write
The only way I find most effective is to sit down and get on with it. It is important to just put words on paper to get your brain in the mood and to start functioning.
Don’t’ worry about polishing-up your work, as you can do it at a later stage.
There are moments you may find your enthusiasm to write will cause you to overdo it. As a result, you become mentally tired and stale.
Writer’s block is not something to worry about because there are tried and tested ways to solve it.
- Go for a walk or do some activity you enjoy doing. This will give you mental rest and help you to relax.
- Go and have a browse of catalogues at the library. This works well for writers of fiction and nonfiction. Make notes of things you find interesting. The main thing is to take a break and have some relaxing time.
- If mental block persists, give yourself a break or read your favourite books to get inspiration.
- All writers need some basic equipment. This includes pens, a computer, a notebook, a diary and files for your cuttings.
- A Practical English usage book.
- Writers ‘and Artists’ Yearbook.
- Penguin or Oxford Dictionary.
- Notebooks – as a writer you should carry a notebook wherever you go and write down whenever an idea comes.
- Keeping A Cutting File – keep cuttings of those subjects you have a special interest in.
Bookmark articles on the internet you may want to refer to. Be Organised- have a plan of action.
3 things you need to make money blogging
If you want to make money blogging you need to have access to key 3 things:
- Training / Education
- A Website
- Expert Help.
I enrolled for an online course at Wealthy Affiliate (WA) where you can initiate a website on its website builder.
WA is an online community with over 1 million members you can learn a lot and share information with. The teachings are not only about website development and traffic but also include affiliate marketing, Google rankings, blogging and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).
I built my website with the help of expert advice and the incredibly supportive community.
WealthyAffiliate.com is an all-in-one service provider. I can go on and on to talk about the benefits of being among like-minded people.
Let’s do this together and walk with me on this journey. So far, I’ve had 7 conversions. To read the rest about my progress, check out my profile!
Want to join me & follow me as part of my network?
Once you join you will be able to ask me any questions. Just look for a welcome message on your profile from a “ZEGU “(my pen name).
From there, you can ask me questions on your profile, my profile, or click on the “Private Message” button on my profile.
I’m here for you and feel free to message me anytime. I will also be messaging you the BONUSES you’ll get plus the 59% Premium Discount after you set up your new free account!
I look forward to working with you and help you get started to build your awesome blog!
Founder of Midlifecash.com