How To Survive Being A Freelance Or SEO Writer

Is Writing Too Many Articles Of One Specific Topic Maddening For You?

Please notice the straitjacket and the typewriter.

In a freelance writing career, one may ask how one would be able to write article after article and never run out of ideas. The secret to that, I’m afraid is coffee. Just kidding.

There is no one “secret” to being able to write article after article; each freelance writer probably does it their way. But I’d like to share a few observations, turned into tips, about how I survive this career:

1. Be interested in anything and everything. Writing is essentially talking. And you can’t talk properly if you don’t have a thread to discuss with your audience. A writer is an observer. There is a way to talk about anything and everything because of these tiny details that you catch as an observer. If you work on being interested in almost anything, you will always have something to talk about.

2. Read, and read widely. I have to confess something: I cannot, for the life of me, stand classics. Sure, I loved John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice And Men.” Sure Edgar Allan Poe seriously grips me and was an influence back in my teen years. But I would have to be honest that I have never finished a Dostoyevsky or a Tolstoy. Neither have I finished Jane Austen’s work. But I read a lot of blogs, and I read a lot of Christian self-help books. I did try to work on finishing one book a month, but it’s tricky when crunch time happens and work gets in the way of entertainment. But the point is: read and read and read. Whatever your genre of choice is, READ. You probably won’t get anything from a trashy book with a crappy fanfiction style, but if you read people like Anne Frasier, Paulo Coelho, or even Sophie Kinsella, Helen Fielding or J.K. Rowling, you’ll probably find that you’ll eventually learn to tell good writers from the crappy and drive yourself to approach how well they write.

3. Discipline yourself. Years ago, there was another writer who criticized me for writing my non-work (personal) pieces without proper punctuation or capitalization. So after getting that critical remark from who was practically an enemy, I decided to discipline myself, for the heck of it. I would text, email and use instant messaging as if I were writing an essay: With proper punctuation and proper capitalization. The result was that I would have less mistakes in my work.

4. Soak up your mentors. Each new client is a new mentor. Each new job is an avenue for learning. Each enemy who makes a cutting remark is actually a platform for learning something new, and learning how to improve. So soak them all up and appreciate each seeming setback and work that setback into improving yourself.

5. Tell a story. Even if you have to write 500 500-word articles on “installing airconditioner fast” or some other keyword. If you’re an SEO writer, you will know what I’m talking about. If you have those article orders that number in the tens to hundreds with the same topic in spite of the different keyword permutations and iterations, you will know what “torture” and “brain freeze” means. But jobs like those are what will put food on the table or pay for your room rental, so I’m sure you want to survive that, right? So if you want to survive the 100-article iteration of “installing airconditioner fast,” or some other such topic, try telling a unique story with each article you write. Interest yourself in what you’re writing. If you’re researching online with your material, then always look for that one factoid that is a glimmer in the sand of boring article details and build on it. This way, you will be able to survive writing article after article of the same thing. There are 100 ways to skin a cat, and there are 101 ways to write an article. You’ll find those angles, trust me.

I shared these because being a writer/Virtual Assistant/content provider is a growing industry in the Philippines, and I’m sure my friends, colleagues and industry newbies would like to hear fresh ideas how other people do it. This is how I’ve gotten through those long shifts of writing article after article. And this is how I un-numbed my skull after the nth time of some topic or the other.

But I would have to admit that I could only survive writing 6 500 to 800 word articles in a day.

So I hope this helps you in your own career, freelance writer Live Wealthier friends!

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About Girl On A Live Wealthier Journey

I spend too much for comfort. That's why I love writing about budgets: because at one point, getting it right will open doors in my Live Wealthier journey!

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3 Responses to “How To Survive Being A Freelance Or SEO Writer”

  1. Gangule shame Says:

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