These 3 signs are indicators that you are a good writer

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Imposter syndrome is one of my favorite buzzwords in the writing community. Many writers feel inadequate. When we finish a draft of an article, novel, or even an email campaign we feel like our work isn’t good enough for the world or our client. This makes sense given the subjective nature of writing.

Feeling like an imposter is extremely common in new writers and in writers who didn’t major in English, journalism, or marketing. This is a daily battle for many professional writers. …

An experiment in prolific writing

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For the last month or so I have loved following the 30 Day Challenges set forth by David Majister. If you haven’t heard, the premise of the challenge is to write and publish 30 articles in 30 days with 30 different publications. Many folks have been completing the challenge and posting their results.

And they are magnificent.

Almost every person who partakes in the challenge is setting personal records for views, followers, and cold hard cash money! This makes sense, as the more material you put out into the world, the more of a chance there is that people can…

You aren’t alone!

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Teaching during this pandemic has not been a cakewalk.

The shifting teaching models, teaching in-person, switching to remote online, coming back in hybrid, returning to remote, then back to hybrid, have caused 38% of teachers to seriously consider leaving the profession.

One of the main causes of this potential exodus is stress.

Stress is the single biggest reason why teachers leave the profession.

Simply put, teachers don’t get paid enough to deal with the day-to-day bullshit of being a cog in the education system. It is hard.

And I get it.


But there is good news.

Teaching is one…

How landing a high-paying client can put you on the path to making a living as a writer

Whale breeching the water.
Whale breeching the water.
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Earning spending money as a freelance writer is difficult, earning a living as a freelance writer, especially in the beginning, can seem impossible. It’s not.

In fact, you could make the argument that it is easier now, more than ever, to find paid writing work. There are platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, and Problogger that post thousands of freelance gigs every day. Finding work is not the issue, the issue is finding high-paying and on-going work.

I call gigs that are both high-paying and on-ongoing, Whales. If you want to make a living as a freelance writer, you need to land…

What role does luck play in making money as a writer?

A four leaf clover stands out in a field of three leaved clovers.
A four leaf clover stands out in a field of three leaved clovers.
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Is it better to be lucky or good?

Any successful writer will tell you that to make a living as a writer you need a set of basic skills. You need to be consistent, write with your audience in mind, and produce high-quality content (regardless of niche).

This is all true.

But there is a hidden X-factor that every successful writer has. Luck.

The funny thing about luck is that nobody wants to admit that luck plays a role in becoming a successful writer. …

Capture more attention with these 3 pieces of headline advice

I’m not sure why you clicked on this story, the headline, or the picture, but either way, I will take it!

Nothing gets you more views like a good headline (a quality picture helps too). If you are struggling to get views it could be a headline issue. Writing a quality headline is not a science, although many try to make it one, it is an art form.

To find an expert headline writer you don’t need to seek out a high-paying agency, or a guru, you can just drive by your local homeless hangout and learn from the true…

Developing these 3 skills will allow you to write faster

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Raise your hand if you have read an article that gives advice like this, “If you want to make it as a writer, you need to write more content more often!” It is a standard piece of advice for experienced writers to give to beginning writers. I have even done it myself.

The problem is to write a lot you need to be fast at actually writing. It isn’t just a matter of putting your nose to the grindstone and doing it. There are real skills involved with writing quickly. …

You can have your cake, and eat it too, just outside of the city

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Suburban living has gotten a bad rap over the last few years, especially amongst my fellow millennials. However, there is a reason that people keep coming back to these seemingly characterless expanses of homes. They simply offer, well everything.

Yikes. I felt that eye roll all of the way out here on my back patio that overlooks my vegetable garden while watching my kids play carefree in my yard. But it is true, the suburbs are great because they offer the best of all worlds, I will show you.

First, let's talk about money. Depending on who you talk to…

And it wasn’t even hard

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When I woke up a few days ago to check my Medium stats, an unhealthy obsession that I have, I was surprised to find an extra hundred bucks as a bonus. Jackpot!

I was already pretty excited because I also hit the $100 per month mark for the first time just the day before. To wake up and see $206 as my payout was a pretty special feeling. I already have plans to dump it all into doggycoin or whatever the kids are calling it.

It struck me as odd that with all of the writers on Medium, I was…

Down the cash cow money hole

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Hey friends! Last month I set a goal to write and publish an article each day. I failed! (So far)

But it isn't all bad news, the reason for failing is that I have been chasing the golden cash cow, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you know, trying to get some paper.

My journey has taken me to a couple of places.

News Break

First, News Break. They simply have a better payment model for new writers. You can earn a flat article fee on top of your ad revenue sharing. I have made more there in…

Ed Matthews

Ed is a teacher, freelance writer, husband, and father who loves writing creative non-fiction.

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