How To Make Money Writing – 4 Ways With Pros And Cons

how to make money writingOver the next 2000 words in this post I will answer the question of “How to make money writing” from my personal experience. In 2013 I refocused on writing as an income source in order to write my way out of a $54000 business debt and become financially free. Here’s how I did it, so you can use the same approach yourself.

At present, there are 4 ways I make money writing. Some of them are better than others when it comes to the cash flow they can bring in. I’ll explain each in detail.

My writing arsenal breaks down into four basic chunks. They are;

  • Creative Fiction
  • How To Non-Fiction
  • Commercial Writing I.E. Copywriting
  • Content Marketing – Blogging And Articles

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Writing My Way Out Of Debt – A Journey

writing my way out of debt from the gymTired of failing to pay off my debt by working at things I hated, I decided on writing my way out of debt because at least that would be enjoyable. Writing is something I’ll continue to do even once the debt is gone (see The Conquest Of Happiness)

Back in 2011, I was sitting in my gym you see above, staring at the excel spreadsheet in front of me.

I saw no way to dig myself out of the $55239.00 business debt I’d created, and had scrambled around like a squirrel looking for a nut for months.

Facing facts, I mustered my courage and went upstairs to talk with the landlord.

Sitting in front of him I swallowed my pride, “I’m not going to make next months rent. I’ve already used all my line of credit to make last months rent.”
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What Is Courage?

Did you know that the single most common regret of the dying was wishing they had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not the life that others expected of them, because when people realize that their life is almost over, they look back on it.

When you are about to die, there is a clarity that only exists in that precious moment. Everything pales in significance, and only that which truly matters is able to remain on the mind. Most people die knowing that they didn’t go for it. It is your life. When you die, it’s a journey you will make on your own. Only you will have to deal with the consequences, so make your own decisions.
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Culler’s War – Fans Monthly Free Read And Podcast

Cullers War Book By Raymond BurtonWelcome To The Fans Only Cullers War Monthly Pulp Fiction Free Read.
Welcome New Readers!

Do you like action, adventure, and mayhem? How about a post-apocalyptic wasteland with soldiers protecting a Utopian city?

Cool. Me too but you’ll have to supply your own heavy metal soundtrack. I’ve got Judas Priest playing over here.

Anyway… you can get all of the above with the FREE monthly Culler’s War adventure podcasts and kindle downloads. Think old time radio and pulp fiction. You can get it all here on this page by clicking the link at the end of this article.

I hope to see you around here more often and here’s a little about the series below…

-Ray Burton

The Barrens is a vicious post-apocalyptic wasteland where battles rage between Union Forces and a mutant Hoard army. It’s a dystopian world where you must choose between the safety and rules of living inside the wall, or the danger and chaos of the freedom outside.
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Thoughts On Self-Reliance Optimism Trust and Self-Confidence

self-reliance and my thoughts on emerson
Excerpts and thoughts on self-reliance and what they mean to me. Starting with Emerson and adding as I go. As I read and re-read different essays and passages from the past, I will edit them and makes notes on what affects me most. You can sense the great messages in writing from the past, yet some of it gets lost in the older language used. As I go through this and understand the deep messages, I’ll put them into easier to understand vocabulary.

Trust Yourself

Genius is belief in your own thought. Belief that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all people. Speak and follow what your gut is telling you instead of going with the flow. We call Moses, Plato and Milton great people because they wrote what we all think. Not what we all say. Learn to trust your intuition and flashes of mind more than the voices of authority washed in public opinion.
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How To Use Goal Setting Theory For Your Best Year Ever

goal setting theory - monks destroy goal mandalaMost goal setting theory guides say to form a life long, 25 year plan. Then work your goals back from there to do what you should right now. I don’t agree.

I’ve been there and tried that. The problem is that you truly don’t know the person you want to be in 25 years. You think you do. If you are living life fully, you never know what experience might turn all your best-laid plans on their ears!

14 years ago I was in the Canadian infantry and my goal was to become a sniper, crawl around in the jungles of panama and save the world. Now I’m writing to make a living. How does that work?

Life has a habit of changing. That means you and your goals will too. Why do you think there are so many divorces? People grow, they evolve and they become new creatures. Sometimes they turn into creatures that just don’t see eye to eye on things anymore. Their goals and expectations for life change.
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Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners: No Experience Required

How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners Using UpworkThe day I was laid off from my job as an apprentice electrician I decided to really crack the code on how to get freelance writing jobs for beginners. I had time on my hands so I started with how to get work on upwork. Long story short, I built a business on Upwork but decided that freelancing on my own is better (read on to learn why.)

Why Upwork? If there is low hanging fruit, I’ll eat it. Right now, the only thing that gets me copywriting clients is Upwork with its repeat clients and a resume on Indeed for new clients.

I’ve been copywriting for my own business since 2002 but when I lost the day job and experienced a huge dent into my income I decided to go all in on this freelance writing business.
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Surviving Debt – Preppers Forget Economic Self-sufficiency

Economic Self-sufficiency And Surving Debt For PreppersI’ve always been into prepping. From setting traps and tying knots as a kid, to my days in the Canadian Infantry. I’ve always invested in skills rather than stockpiles. But one day I realize the biggest threat facing me was surviving debt and increasing my economic self-sufficiency. … and I needed to fix it fast.

No more debt became my battle cry.

Surviving Debt and Economic Self-sufficiency to protect familyThe thing about surviving debt is that its a slinky and sneaky enemy. It’s a covert ops kind of threat to you.

See, it’s sexy to load up on .45ACP and argue about if it will be a flood or nuclear winter that will take everyone out. It’s not so sexy to suggest simple budgeting or developing self-sufficiency skills to get your ass out of debt.
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How To Find Your Passion And Purpose

All right, today, we’re talking Success Principle No. 2, which is how to find your passion, your “Purpose.” Stated as in the book, it says, “Be clear why you’re here. Decide upon your major, definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.”
how to find your passion
Now, for me, my note is that people go a little too foo-foo here. So, for example, I don’t know why I’m here. I’m 40 now. I have no crazy, Ghandi-like purpose or passion that I know of. My main motivator is pretty simple, and that’s to make money, cut obligations so I can enjoy life and be happy. So for me, phrasing it that way makes a lot more sense than to think of smelling crystals and burning incense and stuff. But anyways. To be on purpose means that you’re doing what you love to do and doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s important to you, so that’s how I see it. So that brings up the integrity thing too. I’ll link to the integrity post right here; that’s a good one.
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The Conquest Of Happiness Blog

This is a conquest of happiness blog at the coreAt the root of everything I write, this has become a conquest of happiness blog. All the goals we chase in life and all the things we pursue – have happiness as the seed of inception. These summary notes are the thoughts generated by reading books, listening to audio’s and putting one foot in front of the other.

Sitting on the side of a mountain, a boy and his father were on a bowhunting trip when a scene unfolded in the valley below.
The father pointed, “Do you see the wolves eating the deer from the rear up?
The boy watched fighting the desire to pull his eyes away, “Yes.”
“Do you know why they do that?”
“No, dad.”
“Do you think it is to let him enjoy life a little longer before they have to kill him? Maybe because they are sorry they are killing him?”
The boy watched the deer’s hind quarters crumble under it’s own weight.
“I don’t know,” the boy said looking away.
The father lit a cigarette, “They are keeping him barely alive so the meat stays fresh longer.”
The boy crunched his eyebrows and looked at his dad, “Is that why the factory gives us the weekends off?”
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The Beasts Of Hill 677 – A Cullers War Adventure #6

The Beasts Of Hill 677 - Cullers War Cullers War Adventure #6-“The Beasts Of Hill 677From the Cullers War Series (Audiobook Version Download At End Of Text Article)

In the near future, our world is attacked and will never be the same. It is a war like no other. A war of chemicals, radiation and mutants.
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Thanks To La La Land I Need An AD-5 AC Adaptor For A Casio Keyboard

AD-5 AC Adaptor For Casio KeyboardsPulled out the old Casio CTK-3000 keyboard today. Watched La-La Land and thanks to it’s killer soundtrack, our house has the piano bug again. Opened the box to find the AD-5 AC Adaptor was gone. So I started hunting around for the proper adaptor after looking in the owners manual and a bunch of googling.

Here’s the link to where I found it on Amazon after much running around locally here in Calgary Alberta. I called the usual music stores and they could order it in but I thought I might as well order it from amazon if I was going to wait anyway. I needed a USB-C to USB-A cable while I was at it to instal Kodi on my Apple TV.

Plus I can always use another book to read.

Might as well kill multiple birds with one stone.

Adaptor Info

I included a picture of the adaptor up there so you could see the info. You may be able to find an adaptor with the same stats around your house. You never know. You’re looking for a center negative, 9V 850 MA adaptor on a 120v source.

Why Not Buy A Universal Adaptor?

That’s what I thought. I went to Canadian tire thinking that if I got a universal adaptor I could cover all my adaptor needs instead of just getting the AD-5 Ac Adaptor for solely the keyboard.

What I didn’t know is that a lot of adapters have a positive center pole. This includes the universal adaptors. Guess what the AD-5 Ac Adaptor you need for Casio Keyboards has?

Yup. A negative center pole.

I Bought A No Name Casio AD-5 Power Adaptor

Why did I go no-name? If I ordered in the Casio one to a local store it would cost me $43 plus gas. If I ordered it from Casio On Amazon it cost $59. The no-name one cost $11 Canadian and had all 5 star reviews.

I’ll let you know how it all works out when the order arrives.

The Face Of Evil – Battlefield Barren Ch5

The Face Of Evil - Cullers War Chapter 5 Of Battlefield Barrens Book 1 – “The Face Of EvilFrom the Cullers War Series (Audiobook Version Download At End Of Text Article)

Culler stood starring at a map scratched into the ground with the other platoon leaders, listening to the intelligence update from the lieutenant. The enemy was pushing in two areas, not just at their valley. Intel said an additional force of Mutes was also holing up in a small town just north of the valley.

Again, different tactics for the Mutes who preferred to skirmish and disappear. Now the Mutes were committing everything they had in the Barrens, and solidifying their forces in a town that the Grand Union wanted for future expansion.
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Valley Of Fire Pt2 – Cullers War Series bk1 ch4

Valley Of Fire Pt2 Cullers WarWelcome to “Battlefield Barrens” book 1 chapter 4 of the Cullers War series (Valley Of Fire PT2).

Bringing you audiobooks for free every Saturday. Written and performed by author Raymond Burton except for this intro which is of course, the automated A.I. system that is now hacking your audio delivering device. Battlefield Barrens is suitable for ages 18 and up and contains graphic violence and offensive language.
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Valley Of Fire Pt1 – Cullers War Book Podcast Ch3

Valley of Fire Cullers War Book Chapter 3Welcome to “Battlefield Barrens” Episode #3 of the Cullers War series called Valley Of Fire (original title “Napalm Death”). I’m bringing you audiobooks for free every Saturday. Written and performed by author Raymond Burton, that’s me. Battlefield Barrens is suitable for ages 18 and up and contains graphic violence and offensive language.
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Battlefield Barren Pt2 – Cullers War Podcast Ch2

Battlefield Barren Pt2Battlefield Barrens Chapter 1 is here

In This Episode Of The Cullers War Podcast

Harrod and I stood looking at the entrance to the bunker. Peering through the door, we met the stare of the man who was going to be in charge of our pain parade.

He just sat there, elbows on the table, hands clasped in front of his face, studying us. Then waved us in. The mute soldier pushed us inside and immediately zeroed in on Harrod. Predators can smell fear. He looked at the papers on the table in front of him and then back to Harrod.

The interrogation was about to begin…
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Battlefield Barren – Cullers War Book Ch1 Podcast

Battlefield barrenCullers War Series Podcast – Book 1 (Battlefield Barren) Chapter 1 (audio version at end of page)

Dollars for flesh. I gladly signed the papers, took the money and now I can’t pay it off. The dollars are gone, now it’s time to pay back my debt, bullet by bullet.
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Locus Of Control

In Brian Tracy’s book Maximum Achievement, he teaches the importance of the law of control which we’ll see involves both the internal locus of control and the external locus of control.

The law of control states “You feel happy to the degree to which you feel you are in control of your own life. You feel unhappy to the degree to which you feel you are not in control, or controlled by other factors or people”

People smarter than myself call this your locus of control. These smart people that write even smarter books all conclude that stress and unhappiness arise when you feel controlled by outside circumstances (external locus of control).
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How Do You Lose Arm Fat?

lose arm fatIf you want to finally get rid of flabby arms, and the sooner the better, this is how to do it. A nice lean set of arms will naturally happen as your overall fitness improves, but there is one specific exercise for flabby arms that I want to share today. This exercise, along with reducing overall body fat, will bring those arms into super shape and make you look forward to going sleeveless.
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