Writing for free?

Every writer or would-be writer looks for his name in print somewhere at some time, whether he writes for pleasure or for pecuniary benefit. The internet has made it easier for anyone willing to do so. Not that easy, you’d agree.

Many writers promote their writing through blogging, which is one of the means to make you known to others, publishers included. Blogging is most of the time writing for free. Well, almost. There are many professional bloggers out there who make it to the dollars. I won’t dispute.

But there are lots of considerations before we decide whether we’ll write for free or for the bucks. This is the dilemma many writers find themselves in when they start on their writing project. Well, there’s no need to worry.

I just came across an article “The Writer’s Dilemma: Should You Write For Free” by Angela Booth, which I want to share. Angela highlights some of the problems associated with paying writers’ markets and gives an insight into some of the benefits of writing for free. “Writing for free can help you to discover how creative you really are”, she says.

Incidentally there’s another article “7 Reasons You Should be Writing Articles” by David McKenzie. “Writing articles is a very successful internet marketing technique,” David advocates. “It costs nothing and can increase your traffic and sales tremendously.”

I hope these two articles offer some food for thought to those still wondering whether writing for free is a waste of time.

A retired government officer, former trade unionist and occupational safety & health management consultant based in Rodrigues Islands, Alfa King (real name: Amanoola Khayrattee) is a bilingual contributor to This Week News (http://thisweeknews.info). He has been editor of trade union newsletter and has contributed articles for various in-house magazines, publications, and the local press. He blogs since 2007, and when he is not reading or surfing on the internet, he is hiking over an 8-km-daily routine.
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