Writing for Other Writers Isn’t a Cop-out

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I originally started writing on this platform in order to pay for my $5/month subscription. I enjoyed reading the personal finance articles and thought I could contribute to the conversation in a valuable way.

Nearly six months later and I’m on track to hit $100/month in earnings. I would credit these earnings not only to writing about finance but also to writing about writing.

I want to give other writers the tools to succeed and earn money from their writing. Hopefully, we all earn what we’re worth in the future. Here’s why I enjoy writing for writers.

By writing for other writers, you are helping them succeed

Thereason I contribute to The Writing Cooperative is that it is a hub for writers. Dare I say the majority of its readers are writers. If I find a strategy that works, I know sharing it here will result in the maximum benefit for the writing community on this platform.

As a freelance writer, I know how hard it is to find ways to make money through writing. I also know how nice it is to be your own boss and decide your work schedule. I am also hugely into personal finance and side hustles.

My ultimate goal in writing is to make people feel supported and offer them knowledge of financial opportunities they didn’t think were possible. I don’t believe we need to work 9 to 5’s to live comfortable lives.

Writers are the most appreciative of your writing

Writers know how much work goes into writing articles. The time spent greatly varies by author, writing style, skill level, and genre, but overall, writing is tough. I don’t think any writers will tell you it’s easy.

Sometimes we get going on a roll, but some days it takes hours to write a few paragraphs. Writers who gain valuable insight from your writing or just enjoy its fun content appreciate you for your craft, but also for your time. Non-writing readers do not truly understand the writing process and how draining it can be.

I enjoy communicating with content creators

In this world, there are two types of people. There are content creators and content consumers. It is far rarer to be a creator.

In my eyes, creators are contributors. They have engaged with lots of content in the past, saw a need, and decided to contribute to fill that need. They are serving their community and the arts. These are the type of people I want to associate with.

I want to help people who have ideas and decide to make them a reality. These are the people who contribute to culture and make our world a better place. They are not consuming without contributing. By writing for other writers, I know I am helping others make a difference. My words aren’t being read and ignored — they are being implemented.

Writers are learning from your work

When I started out on this website, I wanted to make sure my writing would fit in with how readers approached articles. I needed to streamline my formatting, paragraph structure, and my tone. Put simply, I needed to match my formatting so my content would be consumed.

By reading your articles, other writers are learning how to write helpful articles. They are taking your suggestions, noting your publication choices for different topics, and working to better themselves. Of course, some are internally cringing at your work too, but you’re still helping them by showing them what they want to avoid [if they don’t enjoy your work].

Writing for writers is lucrative

Writers do a lot of research. Being the provider of such articles is lucrative. I want to succeed as a writer and I’ve found that for me, writing about freelancing and finance nets the most engagement. I tend to split my articles 50/50 between these niches and it pays off, literally.

After starting to write casually in July 2020, I’m on track to hit $100 this month in earnings. In past months I’ve hit $90.15 and $99.50. Although my top-performing article is in finance, my second and third are about writing tips. [They will also be linked below.]

I know as a writer I enjoy reading about other writers making it in the world. I enjoy learning their tips, seeing what they’ve realized after writing for years, and their failures. It makes me feel a sense of community within a community.

You decide what a cop-out is

I consider an article a cop-out when I republish an old article after changing a few words. I would be lying if I said I didn’t do this often. I like to rework old articles in hopes of them getting curated and performing better, longer. It works occasionally.

There’s nothing fine with a few cop-outs here and there, so long as they are accompanied by hard work. On days I do “cop-out” articles, I make sure I also write a new article. I don’t want to get too comfortable only republishing. If you think writing for writers is a cop-out, sandwich the article with other articles you think are better. You can do both.

Besides, some people’s cop-outs are other people’s gems. I enjoy reading how much everyone is making each month, but these performance-type articles have a terrible reputation. I agree there are a lot of them, but I truly enjoy them. To each their own.

Writing for other writers may still be bad practice in your book, and that won’t change unless you decide to change your mind. However, I’d take a guess that you read all sorts of tips and tricks articles when you first started writing and learned quite a bit from them. I consider writing for writers as doing my part in the learning cycle.

Writers are a great audience to have. They [for the most part] appreciate your tips, learn from your failures, and there’s a sense of comradery amongst content creators. It also happens to be a very lucrative niche, as people always want to learn. Writing for writers is something to keep in mind if you’re looking to try something new.

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