If you’re reading this, chances are you’re either a long time reader of this website or you stumbled onto this article after googling something like “online writing jobs” or “making money writing online”. However you came here, if you’re still reading this then that means you must have some interest in the topic.
I’m no expert, or course. I can only speak from my own experiences.
I’ve been there. Being an introvert who hated working retail, I did everything I could to make money with my writing. But while I searched the internet for more information, every article I found gave a vague summary of sites that paid for writing, and most of the time these articles focused mainly on how much those sites paid. My goal is to tell you what I wish someone had told me when I started out.
Let’s start with the content mills.
Earlier this week, I got asked as someone with PTSD, what it’s like to deal with it.
I didn’t think I’d have nearly as much to say on this topic as I apparently did. I ended up posting this as a stream of thought in chat logs.
There’s an earlier version of this article that tried to be more focused on how to write it, but I found myself split between two purposes: Trying to convey my experiences with PTSD as faithfully as possible, and trying to give advice on writing characters with it.
After some editors whapped me around the head with a rolled up newspaper - and love - I was told that talking about my experiences was the more interesting half of this.
I’ve transcribed the chatlogs of how I first replied to this here, because I think there’s a value in the rawness of that stream of thought. Honestly, though, I don’t think I have it in me to write it out again.
If you find that a barrier to reading, though, then you can skip to the second break.
A few articles ago, I came up with a prompt for an all-fighter murder mystery tabletop campaign. Someone liked it so much that they’ve commissioned me to actually write one..
It’s been great fun! But it’s also made me have to think hard about how I’d go about making one. The hardest part, conceptually, was asking what a good murder-mystery to play even was. What I thought would be a simple question made me realize a lot of my examples gave lessons that were mutually exclusive.