Before you start online writing, evaluate your interests, passion

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What you need to know:

  • First, know who you are. This involves figuring out your interests and topics you care about.
  • Secondly, you should get out there and start pitching. There are many calls for writing samples on social media.

I appreciate the overwhelming feedback I received on my recent article on ‘Why you should consider becoming an online writer’.

Besides the compliments, a big chunk of my readers wanted to know how they could get started with this form of writing that is taking the internet by storm.

I will share a few tips but first things first: Writing is a talent and an art. Before you even think of embarking on this exciting journey, gauge your passion.

Is it something you enjoy doing? Can you write for free? Is it your hobby? Above all, can you do it consistently? If most of your responses are in the positive, then you are good to go.

Now, online writing is easy and here are a few tips to get you off the ground.

First, know who you are. This involves figuring out your interests and topics you care about. What are you passionate about? Arts? Environment? Politics? 

Self-definition is one of the biggest setbacks new writers face. To evade this, know your strengths.

Personally, I came to discover my strengths after training with www.kenyawriters.com. For more on this, check out my blog @bloggingwithvanee.wordpress.com.

Start pitching

Secondly, you should get out there and start pitching. There are many calls for writing samples on social media and you should take advantage of that. Additionally, consider starting your own blog or even create a website to boost your exposure.

Thirdly, know that work is not always glamorous. In as much as you want your articles to be recognised by well-known writing companies, remember Rome was not built in a day. Start small and grow, you will reach there.

Fourth, network, network, network. As an online writer, networking is the secret to success because it increases your opportunities.

Lastly, learn to invest in yourself. Enrol for an online course, read books and other works by respected authors. If you are thinking of becoming an online writer, the time is now. Be your own motivation.

Nivah Nkatha, 20, is a journalism student at Daystar University and author of bloggingwithvanee.wordpress.com.

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