Write What You Love. To Hell With Money & Claps
It will never bring you happiness and will make you want to quit
When first starting as a writer it’s tempting to take jobs writing articles you don’t have a passion for or writing posts to get claps and clicks. This kills the drive and passion to write quickly for most writers. I’m not saying to only write about one thing and not be flexible. I am saying that you shouldn’t write about anything that you think will get claps. Nor should you take every job regardless of what you’re writing about.
Your best work will come at the intersection of your knowledge and passion.
New freelance writers often take any project given to them regardless of the subject because they’re so hungry to write and prove themselves. It’s not worth it. If you take jobs writing about topics you’re not passionate or knowledgable about you’ll have to spend extra time learning and writing. This will lead to burn out quickly.
I used to think I just loved to write about anything but after taking jobs writing multiple articles that I don’t have a passion for I got burnt out at light speed and had to take a break. There are still a lot of topics that I love writing about because I’m passionate about the subjects.
Here are a few examples of topics I still take jobs writing about and write about for Medium:
A massive topic that I write about constantly. It’s something I’ve been obsessed with for a while now. I love making improvements to life and sharing them with the people who also want to better themselves.
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Helping people make good decisions and move forward in their careers in a positive way. This can be general or specific. Explaining the mindset to be successful or how to be a better developer.
Since I started working at Font Awesome, just after I turned 18, I fell in love with what the startup environment holds and it’s always been interesting to me. I don’t write about it often on Medium because I write commissioned articles about it often.
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I love helping people to find new ways to start making income and living the life they want. A lot of people hate the 9–5 grind so I want to help them get out of it. A lot of people want the ability to work when they want so I help do that with guides.
Mostly everything I write about centers around helping others in life by sharing my own life experiences. I want to help people succeed because a lot of people deserve success in their lives. What’s your passion and why?
So you don’t want us to write for claps or accept jobs that aren’t writing about subjects we are passionate about; how are we supposed to grow and make money?
You can get claps on Medium by writing about what you’re passionate about. When it comes to writing about something you’re not passionate about the only time I’d suggest doing this is if you need the money.
The point of doing this is to keep your passion and fire for writing alive. It’s to keep your productivity high while still carving out a name for yourself amongst an array of topics you’re passionate about. Doing this will ensure that you don’t burn out and give yourself the best chance for your passion to show through your writing. When you’re writing about something you’re passionate about you tend to know more about it but also write faster. More words in less time mean more money for less time.
Example: You’re writing an article you’re passionate about at $0.10 cents per word with the expectation of it being 1,500 words. That’s $150 when it’s said and done.
Since you’re passionate you’ll be more focused which causes you to be more productive. You know about the topic because of your passion so it causes you do not need to look up as much as you would need to otherwise. Plus it won’t burn you out since it’s enjoyable for you.
Are you able to write about a topic that you’re not passionate about without experiencing burn out? Do you think differently than I do on this topic? Let me know in the responses and let’s talk.
I’d suggest this article explaining how to get your start as a writer
How To Get Good Work As A Writer
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually…
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