Growing up as an adolescent I was so absorbed in writing and drawing. I later dropped drawing because I thought I will not go anywhere with it (one of my regrets). I concentrated on writing because, at school, those who do well with it got noticed, by the students, the teachers, and the school. With thoughts of success in the future, I worked myself to learning more about writing and competing to get recognition and awards.
I did a lot of writing in high school. I received a lot of awards and I even got third place in a national writing competition with the writing category I was assigned to. I dreamt of being a journalist someday. ‘Who is going to stop me?’ That was the concrete brainwave I had those days.
Things changed completely after high school. I needed to pursue a course different from what I dreamt of. Engineering courses were in demand those days so I took an engineering course. The family expected me to help them out of hardship and struggle. It’s not easy to be poor in a third world country.
Fast forward, I practiced my engineering profession for more than a decade and later landed a job as a document controller and ISO coordinator for the QMS (quality management system) of an organization. It involves a lot of writing, too. And while I am at it, I was writing contents for some websites (yes, of course) as the sideline. I needed to earn extra money for my own family now.
Because I love writing more than any type of work I know, I am trying to be competitive with the skills that I need to succeed as a content writer. At present, this is what I do now, by the way, and it’s a particular writing style that caters to the needs of businesses, including online companies. Some of the skills that I want to refine are as follows:
- Learn to write in different styles.
Although I am a content writer now, I am striving to learn about different styles. I may not be concentrating on them but if I have time I read.
- Understand the buyer persona of a particular business.
Knowing my audience helps me write effectively. I believe it is one of the best ways to address my thoughts and ideas – getting know expected visitors or the buyer persona.
- Try hard to be original.
Plagiarism is always a controversial issue. It is best to be careful always. I may have written a phrase for an article which is the same as another’s though I have not even copied it. I always utilize a plagiarism checker just to be sure.
- Become skilled at SEO and WordPress basics.
There are a lot of things to learn but in this field, SEO and WordPress knowledge of the basics is a must.
- Grasp the science behind social media.
Social media is a tool to spread the word. In this day and age, the use of social media helps a lot in connecting and linking with other individuals and groups in my niche.
- Be patient about researching challenges.
I sometimes grow impatient with research especially if the results do not serve the purpose. I go on and refuse to quit (especially if I have a deadline to meet) and find other sources/resources other than search engines.
Oh, there are a lot more writing ideas to encounter, understand, learn, study, and excel in. I am always, always excited to be familiar with them. I am halfway in life now (that is if I am expecting to live a century 😀 ) but the love for writing never fades.
I still have my day job but it’s not making me as happy as I am with writing. I believe one day, I will be able to put an end to being a corporate slave and pursue being a writer, and excel at it.