Welcome back to the Total Immersion Writing Series. Hopefully, you followed the steps I outlined in Part One of the series and have earned yourself a little money with your first freelance writing jobs.
If you haven't done so yet, I encourage you to go back to Part One and begin your freelance writing journey there. There is a process to this and I am outlining a very specific path to follow. Over the following weeks we will be needing the articles we wrote in Part One so I suggest you go back and start there.
OK admin out of the way, so what will this week bring? This week we will continue to write for our portfolio. We will add another writing mill to our 'hopper' and work toward improving our writing.
Now, I know the first two articles you wrote didn't pay you much. Once again I want to reinforce that this process is not about the money. It is about getting paid work to develop your portfolio.
Our portfolio will come into play in the following weeks, but for now, just keep writing and improving our work.
Keep chipping away and the 'real' money will come. We need to be good at this and the work we put in now will pay off in the long run.
Alright, Week Two's tasks then.
As I did last week I am going to lay out eight (8) hours of work to put into your writing. We dipped our toes into the writing mills last week and this week we are going to add one more.
From this week on we are going to really begin to build our foundation for becoming a real freelance writer. Everything we do from now on is about establishing ourselves as a premier writer. A premier writer who produces excellent content is a writer that is well paid. This is our ultimate goal.
Hour 0 - 3
The first two hours will be dedicated to joining our new writing mill. MILL number two is another Tier 1 (learning), Mill. The pay strucuture is similar to Mill One's, However, as you work your way up the ability scale there does appear to be the possibility of earning more money per article.
Again, this is about building our portfolio and getting consistent work.
You will have to write a 250 - 500 word trial article here so they can give you a grade as a writer. don't be shy. Just do your best and let the chips fall where they may.
The good thing about this MILL is that your trial article will be based on one of the topic choices you made when you were completing the signup process. So you should have some knowledge on the topic to get you going.
Join Mill Three HERE
Hour 4 - 5
For hour number four and five we are going to do a little planning exercise. I am going to provide you with a list of ten topics. For each one of these topics, start thinking of an idea for an article based the topic.
Don't worry about being too specific. just write something down. These topics are going to be added to our portfolio over time so there will be room to change your idea.
These articles are going to be in long form to show we have range and depth to our writing. Up to now, we have been writing quick hitters, but from now on we are going to begin working on our craft.
Over the next five weeks, you will have a homework task to write one or two articles for your portfolio that is not paid. Start writing down your ideas for each of the topics listed below.
- Health / Fitness
- Internet / Software
- Insomnia / Trouble sleeping
- Weight Loss
Writing an article for each of these topics will begin to hone our abilities as a writer. We will need to do research and learn and practice putting a long form piece together.
Each article will need to be 1500 words.
The purpose of this task is to show your clients in the future what you can do. Why you are doing this will all make sense in the coming weeks, but for now, just get started.
Hour 6 - 8
Log on to your mills daily and try and bid for as many articles as you can. I suggest not writing more than two articles this week though, as you need to do research and give each job proper effort and respect.
Until Next Week
After this week you should have signed up to two writing mills. You should have written four paid articles and have begun compiling your list of ten (10) long form articles.
From next week our focus will be on getting your portfolio finished and ready to go before you really hit stride and try and work your way up the writing ladder.
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Until next week
Writing Mill 1 - The Content Authority
Writing Mill 2 - Zerys