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Question – What was in your hand 20 years ago?

I got to talking with some friends and one of them commented that I’ve had with me a pen and paper always in my hand since I was a teenager. I was always ready to write something down.

 

I asked them what they had in their hands 20 years ago, here is what the three of them said;

1. An Amiga joystick.

2. A soccer ball.

3. A mountain bike.

 

So what were you doing and what was in your hand 20 years ago?

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How do you get inspired to write poetry?

For me, inspiration comes at the worst of times.

Usually at work and sometimes when I’m out with no access to a paper or pen to take notes. I’m not hip so I don’t have an iPhone or any mobile phone for that matter.

The Poetry of others

I’d have to say that reading the works of other poets really inspires me the most. It is where I get some of my best ideas from. So if my poems are terrible blame yourself.

Nah I’m just kidding.

I find that if I get to escape and see nature I become inspired. So I take the kids to the park along with a notebook and pen.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’d like to know where other poets get their inspiration to write.

How to become inspired

Look harder

If you cannot find inspiration in this magical world then you are not looking hard or long enough. The truth is that with all our differences we still find similar things to draw inspiration from.

Whether it takes sitting at a cafe staring into the lives of strangers or laying solitaire on your back in the sand listening to the ocean waves crash in the distance we all find our muse in sensations.

 

Internal and external

I feel myself becoming inspired or ‘juiced-up’ as I put it when my passions are flared. If something I hold great interest in has been drawn into my creative vision I become alive and attack it from all angles.

Sometimes my hunger is satiated from within, other times the source is external.

I see no distinction between writing a song, an article, a speech, a piece of poetry or a short story; they each consume my whole being and take me to places that I could only ever dream of.

Writing is escapism, a healthy addiction. To get paid for being an addict would be great, but even greater is the self-realization that we as individuals have grown as writers.

Inspiration can be drawn from our own genius. We can be our own muses.

 

The singular universe

Don’t flip out but why not try creating your own universe.

Huh?

You heard me…

I used to get writer’s block a lot, especially when I was writing comedy shorts. To resolve my problem rather than having a good meal and a good night’s sleep I decided in my zombie state to expel the universe and create my own.

Step 1:

Go outdoors and be sure to rug up if it’s cold. Be sure you are alone and there is minimal noise.

Step 2:

Kneel or sit in a comfortable position. Then proceed to practice calm brreathing and arm movements.

Step 3:

Without making any noise tear away the universe in pieces. With your right hand suck up the trees and discard them. With your left destroy the ground beneath your feet until you are solely floating in space, your creative space.

Step 4:

Think of nothing except the emptiness surrounding you and the strength of your creative genius growing stronger and stronger.

The Online writing lifestyle

what is a suitable income for me?

Know the structure

There are many opportunities to make money online if you have good writing skills, but it does come at a cost. To save yourself any surprises in the long term you should first familiarize yourself with the basics of online writing as it does differ slightly from the traditional hard writing.

Rather than catering towards attracting people via there needs and wants online writing will have you focusing on the business side of it all, I’m talking about SEO.

Search Engine Optimization is the structure that should be stuck in your head while you write each and every line online.

Ask yourself; Have I made the title chunky enough to show up in search engines as much as possible. Is my topic vague yet focused enough on my topic to ensure I get a wider audience finding it.

Follow the formula

Great online writing especially article writing can be mastered best by following a formula. There is no set formula but the idea is to keep trying until you find a comfortable equation by which to create your article.

Most jobs come with guidelines; they usually call for the title (subject matter/topic) to be mentioned in the first line of the article and also scattered several times throughout the piece.

The also require that there be maximum amount of paragraphs and that each cover a different aspect of the topic. Finally there needs to be great effort in ensuring the first paragraph properly introduces the topic and that the final paragraph completes the article with a real conclusion.

Know the subject

Too much time and effort is wasted trying to fake knowledge on a subject, if you don’t know anything about a topic don’t attempt to write about it, or go and research it because expanding your knowledge is always important.

There is no room in article writing for biased opinions, it is your job only to inform because people want quick references to their queries.

The Lifestyle

The most important factor that you need to take into account when pursuing a career in online writing is; does this fit into my lifestyle.

For the average single person who works a day job online writing is perfect for making some extra money. But for the stay at home mother who must take care of three screaming toddlers not yet at school it is not a wise choice for making money, it’s not that it cannot be done but just that your mind needs to be able to focus and relax in order to write well.

There are however people that will blend right into the online writing lifestyle and they are the following;

1. Those who are passionate about writing and nothing else, the type that write even not to get paid.

2. Stay at home mothers whose children attend daycare or school and have a passion for writing about particular subjects. Mothers are savvy on so many topics especially child-rearing, parenting, cooking, cleaning, shopping, clothing, gardening and much more.

3. Determined novelists, the serious writers who spew out thousands of words a day on their novels yet delete it, they could flip articles within minutes and make some money on the side.

4. The students and school children whose passions overtake their physical realities, teenagers especially have the great ability to absorb themselves into subjects or people due to their emerging adulthood. They are in a suspended reality of “finding themselves”, becoming adult versions of themselves which requires them to psycho-analyse everything within their grasp. They have the ability to write thousands of words on topics for which they benefit by earning some money as well as it being therapeutic.

Conclusion

As you can see the online writing lifestyle isn’t for everyone although most anyone can make money from it, the lifestyle that follows it will not suit everyone.

You may not want to waste precious hours sitting at the computer screen to only bring in a few dollars, or you may find that you are already behind a computer screen so why not make the most of it.

You may be a passionate writer looking for a break so to make extra cash from your passion is a dream come true. But on the other hand if you are an engineer or medical student studying your way through university it may not be the greatest idea to use your precious time writing about topics you will not need.

Sometimes the opportunity to make extra money clouds the true path to our ambitions. Don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking this is an easy career, nothing about freelancing is easy it’s quite the opposite.

So before changing your successful career as a chef, machinist, teacher, doctor, customer service operator, hairdresser and every other necessary profession into that of a flimsy freelancer take a look at what you have first.

As a side job for extra money freelancing articles is great, but as a career unless you are prepared to write your own blogs, books and websites then do not attempt it as a sole career change.