When you’re starting out, don’t just write one genre, in one style, for onw type of publication etc. The temptation to be a literary snob is hard to deny, I understand, but at the end of the day the best way to get really good at something is to keep doing it – a lot. What is it, like 10,000 hours of practice before you can say your good at something? I think someone told me that’s how many it was, and he was really good at what he did, which was playing the guitar, but the rules of practice are broad spectrum.
I’m a novellist, or fiction writer – whatever – but I blog, and I write for a fledgling company called Barfly (website details to follow coz it’s really really new), and I contribute to whatever publication I can, guest blog etc, in order to just keep writing.
You’re not a writer if you’re not writing, end of. So get scribbling, even if it’s just a few articles on Triond – just make a routine of doing that little bit more; when you’ve completed your 20 million words a day for your next epic, scribble down a list article about funny things that cats do. It’ll stop you becoming that guy no one likes as well.
Anyway, writing for the internet is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to new topics, and to make you interact with other people who are creating things. The Web Designer Depot is a great website to start with, but because I’m hella cool, I’ve got a lil list for you as well.
1) Websites like Triond, Associated Content, Constant Content, Text Broker (links provided in case you’re a tart) are great practice for writing pitches and how to use tags effectively. Remember though that they are still dealers and therefore will make more money than you. You still get ‘paid’, if that’s what you call it, but practice is what they should be treated as.
2) Sites like Prospect Solution and Suite 101 pay more, but can be demanding – great practice for working to deadline and dealing with editors. Also the standard required is a lot higher, and both sites require degree standard referencing – this will make you more professional, and will enhance your research skills.
3)Guest blogging will make you friends. boost your traffic and get you writing. Go to it!!