Friday, 20 July 2018

How I Listen to Ebooks and Articles

Sometimes I come across long articles and ebooks that I want to read but I don't have time.

So I listen to them instead when I'm doing other things like cleaning or weeding (both of which are dull and tedious) or cleaning the car.

If it's an ebook, I open it on my Kindle App on my iPhone. Then I swipe two fingers down the screen from the top and SIRI starts reading it to me. The pages also turn automatically too.

If it's an online article, I open it on my iPhone browser, choose "reader" mode from the URL from the menu (the little horizontal lines that appear in front of the URL when you hover over it) to get rid of all the clutter on the page, like ads and banners, and then I do the two-finger downward swipe from the top of the screen and SIRI's voice kicks in again.

If I'm on my Mac Book Pro computer, I use the speech option from the top menu which is in the drop-down list under "Edit."

I learn a lot from listening to ebooks and articles plus, being engrossed in what I'm listening to always helps me glide through boring chores. Not only that but sometimes I do extra chores just so that I can finish what I'm listening to.

If I like what I hear I often go back and read it later and take notes when I get time.

And it always ends up as a win-win situation because chores get done while I'm entertained and I learn something all at the same time.


Grammarly. The free writing app.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Earn Money Writing From Everything You Read

There's no doubt that the saying is true.

Writers are readers.

Now you may think that it can't be true because you don't read much at all, so let me rephrase that:

Successful writers are readers. (If you don't read a lot, you probably don't write a lot either.)

They read a lot.

And over the years I've discovered that I can earn money from things that I read.

I do it quite by accident, yet it happens often.

What I do is, when I'm reading something and I want to remember it, I take notes.

I read a sentence or two, or a paragraph or two and then in my own words, I write it down.

I write down what I've just learned, just like I used to do when I was studying at school and university.

I especially do it when I'm reading a book from the library because I can't keep it. But I can keep my book of notes and quotes (I write out passages from the book that I think are remarkable).

And then sometime later, when I want to look for something in my notes, I realise that what I've written is gold.

So I rewrite and expand it all into a series of articles or emails or even a book.

And that's how I earn money from what I read.

But as a cautionary note, I'm not saying I plagiarise. I don't write things out word-for-word (except for the short quotes).

I write everything in my own words, the way I understood it, just like I used to do at school when I was studying for exams.


Goodbye Writer's Block
How to Be a Creative Genius and Have an Abundance of Ideas Plus the Inspiration and Motivation to Write

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Do You Want to Write or Do You Force Yourself?

The other day I was listening to a podcast interview with a really famous - and wealthy - copywriter.

He was talking about his work and how much he writes every day and how successful he is, when the interviewer asked him, "So are you eager to sit down and write every day?"

"No," he said.

"So how often DON'T you feel like writing?"

"Every day."

The interviewer gasped. "You never feel like writing?"

"No. Never. But once I sit down and read just one sentence, I'm back in the zone and can work for hours. But at first I have to force myself to sit and write because it's always the last thing I want to do."

(Naturally, I'm paraphrasing here because I don't remember the exact words, but that was the general gist of the conversation.)

My flabber was absolutely ghasted at this revelation.

Even though I've read Stephen Pressfield's book, The War of Art, several times (which is all about fighting the Resistance to writing every day) I still always feel like I'm the only one this happens to.

In my over-romantic imagination, other writers wake up smiling, stretch happily then get out of bed, while little bluebirds land on their windowsill and sing sweetly while they slip on beautiful clothes and glide dreamily into their study where they sit and effortlessly work on another best seller.

I know, how could I even think that?

But like the copywriter, I don't always feel like writing, but once I start it's easy to have a total mind-shift and keep going.

Applying plenty of butt-time to chair every day is the only way to conquer writing Resistance.


Grammarly. The free writing app

Thursday, 12 July 2018

How To Make Money From Blogging When You Have Nothing to Sell (and you just want to write blog posts and articles)

What wanted to make money writing articles.

Just that.

You didn't want to sell anything.

You just wanted to sit, write articles, upload them to your blog/website without having anything to sell.

Can you make money that way?

Is it really possible?

As a matter of fact it is.

But it doesn't work by magic.

The way to do it is by using PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising so that people come to your blog, read your article and then, hopefully, click on one of the ads on that page so that you earn some money.

Naturally, there's a right and a wrong way to do it.

First of all, you need to get as many visitors as possible to your blog because the more visitors you get, the more clicks you'll get.

So you need to use the correct keywords in everything you write to make sure that plenty of people find your articles when they're searching on Google.

And those keywords need to be high-paying if you want to earn your living this way.

As you can imagine, this is quite a big topic if you want it explaining properly.

Two free resources that can help you are a 2008 audio of an interview with Tim Gorman who made his fortune working this way.

And there is also the free 2004 PDF, 33 Days to Online Profits, which walks you through setting up a blog.

Both of these, although somewhat out of date, can teach you how to make money blogging using PPC advertising.

And if you don't want to write all your blog content from scratch, you can use PLR ebooks and articles that you can rewrite as your own. Read more about how to do that at

If you want to set a blog for free, you can use a free Google Blogger blog like this one. It's easy and you can start blogging straight away.

And then you can use the two previously mentioned resources to help you understand how bloggers make money from blogging.

And even if you don't know how to set up a blog, there's help for that too.

Earning money from blogging this way, can be done part-time so even if you already have a full-time job, or you're busy writing books, you can still earn extra money from your writing with a simple blog that you post to just once a day, or a couple of times a week.

That's what's so great about being a writer.

There are so many different ways you can earn money from your writing.

So what are you waiting for?