In Practice: Writing Vol. II

It’s been just over a week since the first installment of My Progress: Writing, and I’ve moved forward in some respects, but others are lacking in progress. Considerable time has been spent learning, but I’ve gotten to the point where the foundation has been set, and now it’s time to start laying down the ground floor.

Today I bought my second domain name, restructuredwriting.com, where I’ll be hosting my writing side-business. Now I’ve come to the point where I need to pick a profitable niche that I’m comfortable working in, and I’ll be creating samples of work to send to prospective clients.

How am I going to go about finding prospective clients?

Well, number one, I’ll be applying to a few pay-for-content sites such as Fiverr and Upwork. It’s not something that I’d like to do, but I have no relevant experience writing at all so it’s a necessary evil in my case.

Next, I’ll be drafting up a few mockups of letters of introduction (LOIs) which I can potentially use to market myself to clients in my chosen niche.

Last, my LinkedIn page will be getting a nice revamp towards writing, and I’ll be using it to create a social media presence in my niche.


Objectives from the last update:

  • Find some online resources for writing. Record some tangible metrics (time watching videos, # of articles read, etc.)

No metrics, but I spent considerable time studying the topic. More focused on starting rather than sitting on my hands, reading the same words rephrased on different sites.

  • Learn more about creating a freelance writing business.

Up with the prior question.

  • Create the first article in the Freelance Writing series of the Making Money and Traveling section of the website.  

In progress, still in search of more resources to cite.

  • Write and perfect an article on backpacking the Balkans.

I’m still in the Balkans so this wouldn’t make much sense to start yet. The objective for next week: don’t come up with dumb objectives.

  • Create a list of sites that take submitted articles.

I have created such a list, but they’re all travel-related sites. Yes, it would be an ego-boost to get published, but the travel writing niche is horrendously low-paying. To even think of pursuing a career by using that list would be ridiculous by any standards.

Objectives for the next seven days:

  • Choose a niche. It isn’t set in stone, I can change it at any time.
  • Create the writing website from scratch. It doesn’t have to be good, I’m not applying for website design jobs.
  • Draft some LOIs
  • Revamp the LinkedIn profile


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Robert works part of the year as an international tour guide in Asia with Life Before Work Travel . When he's not getting paid to travel the world he's out in the field taking photos, on his laptop creating new sites, or sitting in the gutter petting stray dogs.