I Was Never Trained To Be A Writer — Now I Make A Living From Writing

Tom Kuegler
Sep 19, 2018 · 6 min read
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After my sister sent me a couple journals to document my Disney College Program experience, I was hooked. Writing was so therapeutic to me and helped guide me during the 8 months I spent far from home.

When I graduated, I decided to be a freelance writer — completelydisregarding the college education I worked so hard to attain.


I Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know

Like I said before, I did try to learn. I read Strunk and White, random books on Grammar from the library, and tons of articles written by some of my favorite bloggers.

Finally, I was ready to step into the spotlight and fail myself to success.


I (Slowly) Grew My Audience

Freelancing for me was largely a shot in the dark. I didn’t know how to write effective White Papers, Ebooks, or website copy.

I liked writing blog posts and articles. I enjoyed seeing my writing live on Facebook or the Huffington Post so quickly after typing it.


Digital Writing Is Different From Traditional Writing

When I wrote at the Inquisitr, it was difficult for me to keep people engaged for more than 30 seconds.

I know because I saw the statistics.


I Started Breaking A Lot Of Rules


Do Most Traditional Writing Rules Matter Anymore?

I just want to read something and be entertained. I don’t want to get lost in words that sound like you’re more educated.

I’ll take “don’t get it twisted” over “don’t confuse the points I’ve so eloquently laid out in front of you” anyday. It’s just more fun. It keeps me engaged.


What’s More Important?

Yes, the rules of writing are changing — and they’re always changing, by the way, but who’s going to be at theforefront pushing the boundaries?

Should anybody be?

It’s like a Super Bowl commercial. It better be OUT THERE to get any attention at all.

I guess that’s what the writing world has come to.


Yes We Should, Because I Am Still Ignorant

While the rules are always changing, I think it’s more than important to look back at how things used to be done, and still are being done, by some of the greatest writers to ever live.

You’re paying homage, and when you get down to it they know MUCH more about writing than us, so we best get to learning.

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