Writing and Publishing

Money Making Blogs – Things You May Not Know

How I made my blog successful


Part 1 – The mind of a blogger

I’ve always loved writing.  With my short attention span, I imagined I would never write a novel but would work for a big magazine publisher.  Not knowing all that was entailed in it, I even dreamed of creating my own magazine.  When blogging surfaced in the writing industry, I grabbed on with both hands, feet and my teeth.  I was in love with the idea of creating my own online magazine.

In time, I found out that there was money to be made in blogging.  I discovered people not just making money with blogging, but making a comfortable living with them.  I became obsessed with this actuality.  The idea of making a comfortable living doing what I loved and being my own boss was everything. Well, hot diggity, life just handed me a pearl of great value.

Forward two decades later, I’m not earning my living from my writing. I’m still writing, and though I have come close once, I hadn’t made enough money to say I have earnings from it.  For a very long time, no one was passing on knowledge about blogging as a business for free to the general public.  And though I knew I was a great writer, I just needed the inside scoop on successful blogging, so I too could make money from it.  (more…)

Do You Need Passion for writing to earn a living from it?

The passionate writer

I have known, since I knew what one was, that I was going to be a writer.  Stories were my constant companions.  They entertained me.  When I had a problem, one would help me work it out.  When someone hurt me or angered me, stories allowed me to rewrite the event, so that I said and did the correct thing to avoid the painful situation or get the upper hand.

As I got older and learned to write, I always had notebooks and journals where I would jot down my stories.  For as long as I can remember, I have been writing a book.  Well, it was more like starting a book.  I’ve started dozens upon dozens of books.  When blogs came about, I started so many I lost count.  I joined writing groups.  I also went to listen to every author I knew, who was speaking.

Needless to say, after reading the above, you know I am a person that loves the power of the written word.  Writing is my world where I am most happy developing in.  I have a passion for writing.

Does my account of my love affair with words resonate with you?  (more…)

How to Listen to Become a Great Writer


A good LISTENER is the key to GREAT content!

I’m the first to admit this about myself, but I am not a natural good listener. My hyper personality makes it a struggle to sit still and listen.  That’s why my tag line is ‘Musings of a bi-polar writer’.  The channels in my brain are constantly switching.

I had to teach myself to focus so that I can listen. I’ve implemented some practices in my life that have greatly attributed to being able to slow my brain down and focus when people are talking to me.  Perhaps, this is a challenge for you as well, and why you clicked on this article.  Here are some practices that I’ve picked up that have helped me to be a good listener. (more…)

First Draft – Checklist and Tips

Don’t despair – You can do this!

My advice for completing the first draft of your novel

I completed the first draft of my first novel in fourteen days.  I don’t say this to brag.  I say this to encourage you.  You don’t need a year to write a first draft.  It might take you a year to get to the final product, but even that can be done in under six weeks, as was my book.  Let us meditate on what a first draft is.   (more…)

Can you write that book inside you?

~What you need to know before you start your novel~

Are you a writer, or just a person that writes?

Isn’t it amazing how just flipping a few words can cause self-doubt in your abilities?  Are you a writer?  Do you write? Then you are a writer.

The truth of being a writer does not mean you’re a published author. Being a writer does not mean that people have seen your work.  Being a writer doesn’t mean you’re in line for the Pulitzer or selling your work to the point of being on the New York’s best seller list. Being a writer, having years of education and special degrees in writing, isn’t always needed in order to have credibility as a writer?

Now dear writer, we can start our conversation.  The real question you need to be asking yourself; is your writing good enough for public consumption?  Let’s meditate on this topic. (more…)