FAQs: How Do You Become a Writer?

Asking, “How do you become a writer?” is a bit of a loaded question because there are a lot of different types of writers. However, if you want to write books, magazine columns or just about anything else other than writing for television or movies, then you’re at the right place. With that having been said, you need to understand the difference between writing for fun and writing seriously. If you’re asking this question, then this is what you’re really asking:

How Do You Become a Writer With a Real Audience?

If all it took to be a writer was to write something, then you could open up a Notepad window, type away for a couple of hours and call yourself one. However, chances are that you’re looking for a way to get paid and have a real audience who cares about what you’re writing. The whole point of is to show you how to do that, and you’re going to achieve it through a process we call applied specialization.

Applied Specialization

The process of applied specialization is basically the process of starting general to get experience and then building experience, authority and connections over time while you get more and more specific about what you’re writing on. That sounds like some really vague kind of BS, but it really just breaks down to a process that we walk you through. These are the steps you’ll follow with our framework:

  1. Get some work with websites that want to pay you (in cash via PayPal, not goofy points or other deals) for writing on a variety of subjects that require cursory research.
  2. Use your work on those websites to get experience, learn the practical skills to writing and to improve your writing as a whole.
  3. Build connections through the clients you meet through those jobs (and other means we’ll teach you) to get work in a specific industry or of a specific type so that you can build a following.
  4. Get paid by those clients and that following for all of your work to come.

The Following is Key

I get asked frequently, “How do you become a writer?” I’ve been a full-time writer for years in an industry that I love, and I always tell them the same thing: The following is what you need to actually be a writer. Before you have an audience, you’re really just a typist. Reading goes along with writing, and if no one’s reading what you’re writing, then it’s like that old joke about if a tree falls in the woods but no one’s around to hear it. Does it really make you a writer? Probably not, and that’s why this framework we have is so important.

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