How to Fund Your Writing Passion and 8 Ways to do So
Let’s be honest: When you work for someone else, you’re working really hard to make their dreams come true at the expense of your own.
Or, are you?
Let me be clear about something: You can work really hard to help someone else see their dreams come forth, while earning a good paycheck and job benefits, or you can use that job as a lever to make your dreams a reality.
The Art of the Deal
In other words, when during a job interview, you may be asked where you see yourself in five years.
For me, it’s always the same: What’s in my mind isn’t what I’m going to say.
A dirty tactic?
But the real deal is my dream is to be a sole proprietor in a writing business.
And trust me, the truth will come out someday after I write the Lord of Columbia and Comeback Kid series’, but that’s a planned total of nine to ten books, so it’s going to be a while before I write my very own version of Donald Trump’s, The Art of the Deal.
Can you make real income as a writer?
Yes! But you need to buckle down and realize doing so in the short-run off novel writing alone isn’t going to quite cut it.
Fund Your Writing Passion
How do you fund your writing passion?
Do what I’ve done, as this blog documents my journey from trainer to writer, while providing some insights on my own research regarding world events, which shows in many books I’ll be launching starting this September.
Last weekend, and even earlier this week, I had the opportunity to look into several different avenues of where I can begin writing. Here’s what I found:
1) Content writing: People are looking for content writers now more than ever before. Sure, competition may be fierce, but if you find a few niches, you can master these areas and be ready to present your work to others.
2) Freelance writing: See the above description.
3) Writing for literary journals: Though this route doesn’t necessarily pay, it does get your name and brand out into the open. Big opportunity here and it’s something I’ll look into this weekend.
4) Novel writing: This one’s a given. We all want to write our novels, but they’re a process and won’t pay until they’re launched, but even then, we need to go out of our way to market and lead people to them.
5) How-To e-Books: Okay, so what am I good at? Well, I have a fitness background and it seems everyone wants to get fit in a convenient way. And guess what? I can write several books regarding this. Again, these are going to be a process and must be marketed, but they can be shorter in length.
6) Patreon: I just started building my Patreon.com account. It’s not launched just yet, but I’ll be spending my weekend prepping for its launch. Here, you can market your novels and even create some short stories or provide interesting insights on things you happen to research. And guess what? People will pay monthly for your knowledge. For me, Patreon will be an excellent way to pay for my research, subscribe to sites like the Bloomberg report, and if I need them, burner phones and other gadgets that can’t be traced by the government if I need to contact primary sources.
7) YouTube or Podcasts: Sure, it’s not writing, but some may like to listen to your reports. Five to ten-minute YouTube videos plus short Podcasts can be on your to-do list. You can promote your writing and other works while getting to the point where you’re making money off ads. If you get enough viewers and subscribers, YouTube may even monetize you. However, watch what you say, as YouTube does hire flaggers to flag and de-monetize your videos if you preach alternative viewpoints.
8) Blogging. Take your blog, add SEO and meta-data, and drive people to it. You’ll be glad you made the investment to start a blog and put it into the best position to succeed.
This may sound like a second job, and in many ways, it is. But, if you can pursue your passion, in this case, writing, you’ll be able to make extra money for a time and perhaps one day leave your work office behind and start funding your own empire.
Say good-bye to the days of working for a paycheck only to help someone else or a large corporation build their empire. You’re no longer a pawn in the game. Sure, you may take a tiny plunge and might have to invest in your own benefits, but who cares?
The real question is do you have the courage to branch out and pursue your passion while leaving the slave-drivers to find other pawns to work for them?
And best yet, you can fire your boss. In time, of course.
I’d like to thank all of my readers, please come back soon.