When I was younger I desperately wanted to be a writer, but I thought it was impossible to get paid to write.
Spending my days pouring words out onto a sheet of paper and actually getting cold, hard cash (or cold, hard figures in my bank account) was the dream, but I was told from every angle that it wasn’t a sensible career choice.
Instead, I went into marketing, where I could spend some of my time writing, but mostly it was delving into analytics, stuffing posts with keywords, and attending boring meeting after boring meeting about projects I couldn’t care less about.
But then I upped and left the UK for Spain in 2014 and I had to make it work as a freelance writer. I had to get paid to write if I wanted to pay my bills and prove all the naysayers wrong.
So, if you’re in the same boat as I was and desperately want to get paid to write, I’m here to tell you that it’s ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE! In fact, it’s SO doable if you’re strategic and put in the work beforehand.
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How to Get Paid to Write: Change Your Mindset
When I tell people I’m a writer, a lot of them ask me how many books I’ve published. When I tell them the answer is absolutely zero, they frown.
“But how can you be a writer if you haven’t published any books?!”
Except this is where the mindset around writing needs to change. Not all writers are paid to write books. In fact, it’s a very small minority that can actually make a living doing that.
But look around you.
Look at how many words you see every single day on posters, websites, menus, and product descriptions — all of these have been written by a writer who probably got paid to do it.
So first of all, expand your horizons.