Write Like You Talk: The Financial Benefits of ‘Free Writing’
I talk a lot, and I rarely shut up. How you can earn on Medium by doing something you do anyway.
I am going to record this entire article and edit later.
Consider this a test as I will be free associating from beginning to end.
Ever post more than an article share on Facebook? I’m referring to fairly substantial posts; those of more than a paragraph but still fairly short by Medium standards?
I do. And if those Facebook posts garner substantial hits, I will rework them by adding a few more paragraphs and posting them here on Medium.
And I’ll make money by doing so.
For me, Facebook is a perfect example of writerly indulgence. I create posts about politics and entertainment most frequently (two categories, incidentally, that co-mingle all too often), and many are simply rants. A thought enters; I expound on that thought and write as if I was speaking in-person to a friend.
I write like I talk, as the headline reads.
I highly recommend giving the process a try.
It’s called Free Writing.
Firstly, to be clear, Free Writing has nothing to do with writing for free.
Free Writing is writing without bounderies.
Here’s an experiment. Open your MS Word or the equivalent, and begin writing … without thinking. Really. Don’t worry about subject, grammar or anything else. Keep going, until you have at least a page with which to play.
Or, do as I am doing here. Dictate your words into MS Word, see what you come up with, fix it and post on Medium.
You may be surprised. Similar to dreaming, or exploring your subconscious mind while lucid, what results on paper may well suprise you.
Further, the zone within which you are writing may also surprise you. The exercise of free writing is a liberating experience.
Elaborate on your piece, clean it up, and post it here.
Earn money as a result.
Rinse, dry and repeat.
This is a short Medium article by my standards. To this point, looking at my watch, I’ve been talking for less than five minutes so far.
How do you break writer’s block?
Write. Just … write. Or record your words. Don’t worry about editing or even making sense. Just write, as if you are a disconnected party and you want to see what comes out. Sometimes, the writing will be gibberish and unusable.
On those other occasions, however, you may stumble upon a concept that you would not have thought of if you continued to torture yourself over your next word, line, article, story ...
Do you fully understand the mechanism of dreaming?
When I write in this fashion, though, I usually do so when I am at a (momentary) loss as to what to write for my next article, or book or screenplay.
Several of my fiction works have spun from dreams. Heck, my role model in that regard is held in some esteem: Robert Louis Stevenson penned “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” from one such reverie.
To me, free writing is very similar to dreaming. I free the mind, the impulses shoot to my fingers or my voice, and I write or speak whatever enters my thoughts from there.
I sometimes consider myself a transcriber, for all intents.
Steps To Master and Earn From Free Writing:
- Decide if you are going to write or dictate.
- Clear your mind, sit in front of your computer or near your phone, and begin the process. Allow your fingers or voice to do all the work. Don’t think about the process.
- Do not take any pauses. Keep going. Chances are you will quickly fill a page, and continue on.
- Clean up and post on Medium.
- Earn money.
That’s it. Free writing is the furthest thing there is from rocket science.
Thank you for reading.
P.S. I’m looking at my watch. The entire process from recording this article to cleaning it up and posting it here, on Medium, took me 19 minutes. If I earn $10 from it this month, it’s $10 more than I had yesterday.
If this simple piece proves to have a long shelf-long, the financial rewards could be substantial.
Not bad being paid for something I likely would have free-associated anyway, for free, on Facebook.
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