Want to make money from your writing? Many writers find that they freeze when they attempt this. If this is happening to you, you can overcome it very easily if you focus on training your writing brain.
These five tips will help.
1. For Whom Are You Writing?
Start by thinking about your readers. Nothing you write will ever be for "everyone." Your writing is always for a specific audience.
When someone hires you to write, they'll tell you who the audience is, and what to write. This is good practice at training your brain. However, before you're hired, you'll need to come up with ideas of your own.
Creating a blog, and blogging regularly, is the best thing you can do if you're new to writing for money. Study top blogs. These blogs are always for a specific audience. They know their audience well -- and they strive to know their audience better constantly.
Once you realize that everything you write is FOR a specific group of readers, you've made a huge step forward.
2. Study What Your Readers Read
Now you know for whom you're writing, study what these people read. For example, let's say that you've decided to write about weight loss. You know this audience well. You've either lost weight successfully, or you want to lose weight.
The easiest way to discover what this audience reads is to read magazines targeted at dieters. You can also read a couple of the many online forums for dieters. Over a week or two, you'll understand the audience much better.
Don't stop there, however. Train yourself to write for this audience. Dieting for weight loss is a billion dollar industry, so no time you spend on this is ever wasted. Get some writing jobs writing for this audience. At this stage, while you're training yourself, your goal isn't to make huge sums. This is practice.
3. Train Yourself to Come up With Suitable Ideas
I've made a practice of "idea catching" for many years. Every day, I train myself to come up with five ideas. Each year, I've "caught" 1,800 ideas. This has not only fueled my writing, it's also trained my brain to think in terms of audiences and ideas.
Try it -- come up with five ideas every day. You may never use all of these ideas, that's fine.
4. Be Patient: Your Ideas and Writing Will Improve With Every Word You Write
Patience needs to be your watch word when you're writing for money. The difference between a writer who makes two cents a word and a writer who makes a dollar a word is patience. The writer who makes a top income was patient. He knows that his ideas and his writing improve every day, because he's training his writing brain.