The Writer's Dilemma: Should You Write For Free?

Written by Angela Booth

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However, beyond promotion, I've discovered other benefits of writing for free.

* You write more. This is pressure-free writing. You get to write what you like, when you like.

* You get more ideas. All this keyboard-tapping is making me more creative. I've got pages and pages of notes for articles, books, and courses.

* You enjoy writing more. It's been years since I enjoyed writing this much. Why? Because it's more play than writing.

* You're pioneering new ways for writers to make a living from writing.

=> You,repparttar writer, as pioneer

The Internet turns writers into pioneers. You get to discover new ways to make a living from your craft. Is this easy? No. Is it fascinating? You bet.

I first became aware ofrepparttar 129395 Internet in 1993-1994. In those days, getting an Internet connection was an adventure. I finally got a free connection, set it up with lots of help (there's nothing as unforgiving as a Unix command line), and discovered online bulletin boards.

Within months, I had a CompuServe account andrepparttar 129396 real adventure began. I couldn't believerepparttar 129397 possibilities. I still can't.

There's a revolution going on. Thanks torepparttar 129398 Internet, writers are discovering new ways to make money. They're publishing their books as ebooks, setting up subscription Web sites, and subscription ezines.

They get started in this adventure by writing "for free". As their following builds, they sell their work torepparttar 129399 people who know them and trust what they have to say.

* These writers built this trust by writing for free.*

Can you make money from ebooks? You work it out. If you write an ebook on a hot topic, it takes you a month or so to write. You sell it online for $20. You sell 200 (let's be conservative). Not bad pay for a month's work.

If you're writing professionally, it takes a change in perspective to write and not get paid for it. At least, not in a way you're used to being paid.

But writing for free can help you to discover how creative you really are.

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Australian author, journalist and copywriter Angela Booth has been writing professionally for over twenty years. She writes business books and copy for businesses.

Overcoming Writers Block

Written by Richard Lowe

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It really doesn't matter what I write, although I usually write aboutrepparttar internet or computers. But occasionally I write other things, including pages for my autobiography or even a love letter torepparttar 129394 wife.

Put aside time to write - I have set aside "writing time", two hours every single night, in which I isolate myself in my office at home and write my heart out. My wife respects my introversion during this time as it allows me to do one ofrepparttar 129395 things that I loverepparttar 129396 most: communicate ideas in written form.

Fill in any missing blanks - If I find that I am having trouble explaining something in writing orrepparttar 129397 words just don't flow, I look around and see if there is something about it that I do not fully understand. That often works.

Ignorerepparttar 129398 idiots ofrepparttar 129399 world - There sure seem to be a lot of jerks sometimes. However, I don't need to allow some babbling idiots ruin my writing. Just because someone does not like something does not mean anything except they didn't like it...

I do not ask for criticism - I never ask anyone to criticize my works, ever. I do not ask for site reviews of my websites, I don't submit my works for review. Why not? I am not interested in other people's silly opinions about my works. I know I am a good writer, a excellent webmaster and a great manager. I don't need anyone to tell me how good I am, and I certainly don't need anyone to point out my faults.

Changing styles - If I have trouble starting a piece and I'm sure I understand what I'm writing about, I often changerepparttar 129400 style. I usually write in a very conversational tone, which seems to communicate well to people. However, I will occasionally change to humorous or very serious or whatever. I've found these changes tend to blow away writers block like dynamite.


No matter whatrepparttar 129401 cause, writer's block is something that can be handled and overcome. It's actually not complicated at all. In fact,repparttar 129402 best way to deal withrepparttar 129403 syndrome isrepparttar 129404 simplest - just start writing and keep writing, no matter what happens. Write your heart out and before long you will be writing like crazy.

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