4 Dumb Excuses Every Online Writer Makes As an Absolute Beginner

4 Dumb Excuses Every Online Writer Makes As an Absolute Beginner
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I’ve been on this platform for a while now. Sharing stories and articles based on my own experiences, I’ve noticed a crucial thing.

I don’t want to brag about it here, believing it would make me look like an expert.

The reason I’m writing about it is darn simple: to make newbie writers believe in themselves.

To make wannabees quit their writing job.

And, to motivate the inner Hemingway hiding behind the genes of the writers who’ve started scribbling online.

So, without wasting your precious time, let’s start with the first and the most crucial point.

1 . “I don’t know how to write online”

No one does. When I started writing online a few years ago, I had no idea about online writing.

I had humble beginnings: a college dropout, menial jobs, a family of seven struggling financially, a non native speaker, no international payment gateway, and the list goes on.

If I had just said, “I don’t know how to write online” and stopped there, I wouldn’t have been at this place.

Sure, I haven’t achieved a status where I’m recognized online by my words, but coming from a place where no one knew me to my articles being read by hundreds and thousands of people around the globe — it feels different.

“I don’t know how to write” or whatever bullshit you preach, is nothing but a lie — an excuse.

2 . “I don’t have any connections.”

It took me a while to realize, success as an online writer doesn’t require you to have connections as an absolute beginner.

Sure, it makes your journey far less effortless and easier. You can land a gig sending an email or get a writing assignment out of the sky.

But, when you’re starting from scratch and have no one to rely on except yourself — believing if only you had that one uncle or mentor or teacher or someone who could show you the way out, is nothing but an excuse.

History has countless examples of the figures who succeeded without any connection as a writer. And, things just got easier in the online world.

Think of platforms like LinkedIn or Medium. You publish articles and people read you for your thoughts, not that uncle you’ve known since grade school.

The point I’m trying to replicate is, you can start your journey as an online writer and succeed, even without a single darn connection.

3 . “I got D’s and F’s in high school” or “I’m a college dropout.”

Being able to write astonishing words doesn’t require you to have a college degree or straight A’s in high school. Anyone with the English knowledge as that of an eighth grader can become a good online writer.

However, there’s an exception here.

You must learn the fundamentals of writing and creating a flow and master the severe art of grammar before plunging into the world of online writing.

What most people mistake online writing for is they believe they’ve to be an expert in the English language to become an online writer. But, that’s farther from the truth.

Like any skill in life: swimming, drawing, or counting or calculating your monthly income — writing requires learning. It doesn’t matter whether you have a degree or not.

The thing that really matters is your willingness to learn and succeed as an online writer. With that, you can overcome any adversity.

4 . “I love writing, but I hate sales and marketing.”

Writers are artists. And like any other form of creation and art, most writers are in love with their creative process, only.

They love writing, editing and mostly, spending hours in front of their computer in hopes of coming up with an incredible line.

That’s good to an extent. Until, they do this around the clock and miss this one crucial thing: you’ve to market and sell your art too. For some writers, it’s hard.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Whether you’re writing stories for a publication or content for a business blog, you’ve to sell. Most beginner writers stick to a dogma that marketing is hard, and you’ve to lie or deceit or be sleazy in order to sell.

But, that’s false. Marketing is promotion and showing out to the world what you’ve to offer.

Sales is a numbers’ game. The more businesses and publications you pitch to and show how you’re different from the rest of the writers out there, the higher will be your chances of getting published.

Final Thoughts

It’s usual for you to make these excuses as an absolute beginner. To an extent, everyone does. But, living with this belief for a long time and not accepting the power and potential hiding behind your excuses is a lie.

It’s a lie that you won’t amount to anything in life. It’s a lie that you can’t achieve greatness. It’s a lie that you, as a writer, must be a prodigy or writing genius.

If you want to achieve success and greatness as an online writer, it’s essential for you to overcome these excuses.

And, the simplest way to overcome it is, you work harder and learn the fundamentals of writing and practice your art in public. Meanwhile, getting feedback from your readers, instantly.



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Saroj Shrestha

Saroj Shrestha

I write articles about writing strategies