Many people tell me (SO often) that they want to be a writer and that they're trying their hardest, but for some reason that they can't fathom, they just aren't making money from their writing.
They constantly ignore the truth about writing which is, if you're a good writer and you actually sit down and write every day, then you CAN earn money as a writer.
I even created my 12 Month Writing Challenge to assist those who were having trouble getting started or weren't sure how to. I just kept telling them to download the course, follow it through for a whole year and they'll make money.
Did they follow my advice?
Are they making money from their writing?
No. Or at least, not as much as they want to.
And they keep asking why.
From my experience with talking to people who say they want to work as a writer but aren't making any money, there are 3 common reasons why this happens.
I'm going to tell you what the 3 reasons are and you may or may not agree with them, but they are the truth. And sometimes the truth can hurt, but there's no sugarcoating this.
So here are the 3 reasons why you're not making money from your writing.
1. You're not really a writer. Sadly I see this too often. You want to set up a money making blog. You start writing blog posts. Then you see a product for sale that promises you that you can make money online on auto-pilot.
Bang! You're now dead as far as making money from your writing goes because you're now so busy chasing the 'quick-fix' way to make money (and there is no such way, BTW) that you stop writing.
The truth in this situation is that you never were a writer to begin with. You just thought that having a blog would be a fast route to cash in the bank. You never really wanted to write for a living. You just thought that being a writer was an easy lifestyle.
2. You're not a good writer. This is sometimes the most bitter pill to swallow if you've always dreamed of being a writer, but you just don't seem to have the writing gene.
It's easy to think that being a good writer is something that can be learned, but it can't.
Some people are born writers while others aren't. Some people can write up a storm as their fingers fly across the keyboard, while others struggle to come up with the right words.
There is also another type of non-writer. This is the person who thinks they are good at writing, but they just aren't. If this is you, and you're wondering if you're a good writer or not, you can usually tell by the comments made about your writing.
Don't get me wrong though. The internet is full of trolls who want to put people down for nothing more than their own amusement. Ignore these people. But if others offer you constuctive criticism, then you should listen. Especially if lots of people are saying the same thing.
If you're unsure, try submitting some of your writing to a writing forum and see what sort of feedback you get.
Being a good writer isn't a skill that can be learned. It's a talent that you're either born with or you're not. It's much like being an artist. I can't draw anything well at all. I'm completely hopeless. But I know I can write and I've got the large income from my writing to prove it.
3. You're lazy. Yep, lazy. You can call it procrastination or writers' block all you want. But if you're a good writer but your not earning enough money from your writing, then you're lazy.
We all sometimes don't feel like working and we'll procrastinate and find other more pressing chores that need to be done instead of writing. And sometimes it can be hard to come up with a great idea for something that you want to write about.
But both of these things can be overcome. If you're procrastinating, just apply your backside to your chair and get to work. Soon after you start, you'll find it easy to keep going. And if you're stuck for ideas, go find some. Do a Google search or read some book blurbs on Amazon. Just do something to generate ideas.
And it doesn't matter if neither of these is your problem. You may be thinking "What the hell? I'm not lazy. I've written over 20 novels." But if you're not selling enough copies then it's because you're not doing enough marketing. All authors have to market their work constantly, even if your books are published through a large publishing company.
Or you may have a blog that you're posting to every day but still not reaping the financial benefit from all your work. So the questions for you might be, are you posting relevant content? Are your posts too long? Too short? Are you're headlines compelling enough? Are you marketing your blog to get more readers? Do you have relevant advertisements or products on your site?
Whatever the reason is as to why you're not making it as a writer, the bottom line is, it's your fault.
And the truth is that you probably alraedy know the real reason as to why it's not working for you, so all you need to do now is face up to it.
Are you looking for a fast solution to making money from writing because you're not really interested in actually writing for a living?
Are you not a good writer? Is writing something that you've never been really good at but you thought that if you did it enough then you'd somehow get good at it?
Or are you lazy and will use any excuse not to write or not to market your work?
Whatever it is, you need to do something about it and you need to do it now.
So what are you going to do today to change things?
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