|Baskets by Jen|
And most times this admonition is right on the money!
But, for writers seeking to have a more lucrative career, and more avenues for their creativity, hobby writing is a great way to earn pay for play.
We live in the "information age" and people's need to know, has fueled endless opportunities to pen "how-tos" in various niches and genres.
Here's another bonus: you don't have to necessarily be a designated "expert" to craft these pieces and get paid for your time and talent.
And I should know. As a monthly lessons writer for a hugely popular productivity site, I earn cash on an ongoing basis, for helping others to learn how to have fun, save money, and improve their quality of life.
And you can too.
Based upon my talent, experience and interests, these are a few topics for which I've been paid to provide instruction to others:
- How to decorate on a dime
- How to become an educated thrift store shopper
- How to hire a service provider for your home
- How to make creative gift baskets for fun or profit
- How to have a Happy Valentine's Day when Cupid is M.I.A.
- How to teach online classes
My current WIP are lessons on planning a successful wedding, how to buy a home, and how to make your own wine.
If I must say folks, it doesn't get much better than being able to write on things you love and getting paid good money in the process. Hello?
The other benefit to hobby writing is that today's savvy writer can tap into their own knowledge base, and avoid a lot of time consuming, grueling research, and still produce quality results.
If you're on board, let's get started with a few key practices and principles:
- Just like Santa, you'll need to make a list and check it twice. Identify your strengths. I'll start. Mine would be: time management, penny pinching, decorating with baskets, project management tips, creative strategies for writers, dating dos and don'ts, and career advice.
- From your list, extract a few viable options. For example, though you may know how to stand on your head for 10 minutes, or get your cat to dance to disco songs, how likely is it that many others would find your "talent" useful to them? Assess and apply.
- Try to write out a lesson with steps for readers to follow, much like a recipe.
- Revisit and revise accordingly.
- Look at sites like Ehow.com and http://www.soyouwanna.com/ for ideas and guidelines.
- Remember that practice makes perfect. "Lather, rinse, repeat."
- Keep a journal or spreadsheet to capture future ideas and potential markets.
Your turn. What's your hobby or unusual talent?
- Have you ever written about it? Do tell.