My intention is not to let you down but writing for Infobarrel can be very depressing. Many people will complain about their lost time and opportunities on the site, others will tell you that Infobarrel has changed their financial lives, for the long best.
A high class controversy of such kind is indeed very confusing: how can some people love the site so much when others wish they never found it in the first place? Well, I personally spent enough time with the site's community, around its forums, behind their bio's and in front of their earning reports, to believe I'm qualified for the answer. After all, throughout time, I've become one of their own.
Most people, they raise a bunch of articles, earn a few dollars and spend the next days watching their blooms die. They stop stretching, they stop working on themselves and suddenly give up on IB. Why? Simply, their unclear motivational pictures.
"I want to make more money so my wife will be able to leave her work and stay at home", "I want to make extra money so I will be able to pay some bills", "I write for charity", these are all amazing goals and each represent a different color of pure motivation. I've heard some amazing stories here on IB. In fact, there's this one person who writes just to help a financially poor young foreign boy pay for his education, sending him money on a monthly basis. This is where the key to success lies, motivation.
2. Lack of ConfidenceCredit: Paul, via Flickr
A writer without confidence is a tennis player without a racket. You are driven, guided and inspired by your own way of valuing your capacity of writing, creating and progressing. If you don't think you will be able to make it, you probably won't.
Many writers underestimate the value of their work looking negatively at every corner of their articles. "No one liked my article", "I don't even know how to start my first sentence", "writing is not for me"... slowly but effectively, most new writers manage to destroy their potentials and kill their hopes.
However, the biggest mistake that they all make is forgetting that skill, the skill of writing particularly, is only developed by hours and hours of training. Stretch those fingers, make that tea, you've got the time to succeed.
In fact, the goal of becoming a reliable Infobarrel writer can be achieved in no more than twenty hours. Yes, 20 hours. That's an hour a day for three weeks, with a day off. Here are the four simple steps to take, with the tea of course.
Deconstruct the skill
Writing, for Infobarrel particularly, is not a skill. It is a complicated wide web of interlinked skills which are, on an individual level, very simple. These skills are very distinct for you to know. Creating backlinks, obtaining style, mastering continuity of thoughts, drawing in and captivating readers, etc. These skills are very different in subject but are indispensable as a group. Take the sufficient time to work on each separately and you'll be proficient before you know it. Actually, if you stay loyal to your schedule, you'll know exactly when.
Learn enough to self-correct
This simple concept is of high importance. You need to learn just enough to be able to write on your own, self-correcting yourself and self-editing it as you edit your first articles. Read articles, books and e-books about writing, watch videos about enhancing your writing skills, and learn from other writers. And, just when you get that sensation of confidence that tells that you can do it by yourself now, go for it. Write.
Remove practice barriers
I used to spend a half hour a day on average playing chess online. The problem is, since I'm not planning to become a chess world champion or even to win a small local chess competition, this is trumondously wasting my time and affecting my vision. Moreover, I don't seem to really want to play it until I'm about to write an article here. How great. Therefore, whatever your own distractions are, you'll need to get rid of them, for your own best.
Practice at least for 20 hours
As mentioned, an hour a day for twenty days is a great rate. Dedicate yourself to the task, be alone with your drafts. No noise, no texting, no food. An organized schedule to respect and a noble goal to serve. You'll be there.
3. Lack of Creativity and Open MindednessCredit: Luisa Meirelles, via Flickr
I'm not talking about the people who immediately run of article ideas and throw themselves into giving up so soon, there are hundreds of guides out there solving the problem. I'm talking about those who ignore the art of mastery, the people who make out of writing a simple article a terrible experience: the grey writers. Writing, in fact, can be joyful, fun and even beautiful, if done right. Here's simply how.
Write out of your heart
I know, you're probably writing about something stocks and investing, gardening tips or even auto repair and not some magical legends. Who said writing about how to manually fix a car problem can't be beautiful? It's only how you see it.
When you're about to write whatever it is that you're going to write, just tell yourself this: this is who I am. You are your acts, your productions and traces. And if you manage to realize that your writing is actually another version, different in place time and structure, of your very self, you will manage to raise it to where it belongs.
In every sentence, every transition, every picture, every citation, be the best you can be. That act is simply called, excellence. It's about making yourself proud of what you produce and it is a way simple, yet a way abandoned concept. Let's give examples.
- You decide to write about a certain topic. You search for the best article ever written about the same topic and you flawlessly defeat it.
- You're looking for a relevant picture to include in your article. You find a pretty nice photo which you seem to like. You save it and look for a picture even better.
- You come across a decent citation to include, you search for better.
- You're not so comfortable with a certain portion of your article. You get rid of it.
- You do not allow the presence of a single grammatical or structural mistake in none of your articles, no matter how unimportant the article was to you.
- You immediately notice and dislike the last part of my last sentence because there is nothing such as unimportant to you when it comes to writing.