Thursday, November 2, 2017

How to Become a Writer

As the Writing/Editing industry is rapidly growing in Egypt due to the high demand for the Copywriting and Editorial Writing in general; nonetheless any content related to digital marketing services, I usually receive inquiries on how to start pursing this career.

Here are few tips on How to Become a Writer 
and start earning money for your efforts;

1- Experience Yourself First — Try different writing pieces; an article, an essay, a social media post, a blog post, a short story, a company profile, etc.

2- Know your Specialty — Writing what exactly? THAT, you have to know! There are different fields in the market, so you need to do your homework and start studying different writing styles and techniques.

3- Practice Free Writing — Start a blog, even if it’s not published, to help you with your flow. The coolest platforms in the market are Medium, Blogger (supported by google), and tumblr — they’re all accessible on mobile apps as and support Arabic Language as well.

4- Read more about Ideation & Brainstorming Techniques (Creative Thinking) — Developing ideas is like working out. Your mind is a muscle that needs push ups from time to time.

5- Find a Mentor — Someone who’s willing to guide you and give you prompt and useful feedback.

6- Apply for an Internship — It’s the fastest way to learn and build a portfolio in a short time. Look for digital marketing agencies or media/news organizations for business opportunities.

7- Walk the Walk — Don’t ignore any opportunities to grow and develop yourself. It’s okay to start small. You’ll unleash your capabilities the more your practice your skills.

Last but not least, you can join our Egyptian Writers Community to start networking with fellow writers and check their work as reference.

I’ll be posting more tips in the future in shaa Allah. Feel free to connect with me on Linkedin or Facebook for further help. Good Luck :)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Confessions Of A Writer

The funny thing is.. I do miss writing. Miss the thrill of it, Not the "writing for a living" attempts. Not the ugly, commercial side of it.
Not the stress that comes along.And yes, it's turning into one of my fears that I know I have to face sooner or later. I'll lose it for good if I don't do something about it soon, if I don't fight its urge of dragging me down to a loop of silence & blocks.

Writers live in constant battles with themselves and others to stay sane. Yes, it's beautifully damaging in a way. Yes, sometimes we lose ourselves in the process of creating something unique. The ugly truth is.. it's worth it every time! It's like drugs, but more indulging & engaging.

Will I write like before? That, I don't know.
What I know is, it'll stay part of who I am even if I forgot about it for a while, and I hope it stays special. It may come knocking on my doors someday.