Just keep writing. Just keep writing.

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Finding Nemo is one of my daughter’s favorite movies, and Dory’s cute little song, “Just keep swimming” came to mind. As an aspiring full-time writer, the only option is to just keep writing.

Controversial though it may be, I’ve decided to write for one of the lower-paying “writing mills,” Demand Studios. I’m not writing prize-winning articles, but I need to have some type of income while I market my “real” business. Demand Studios has been one of my staples along with my substitute teaching gigs. Their highest paying articles pay only $15 each, but I get to choose when and if I’ll write articles at any given time.

Demand Studios pays twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays), so as long as I can find articles interesting enough to churn out, and as long as I find the time to write them, I will definitely make some money. They do have editors, so you have to write well enough for your copy to be approved, but I haven’t had too much trouble with that.

For whatever reasons, they don’t accept everyone who applies, so if you’re interested check them out and see if it works for you. So far I haven’t checked to see if my accepted articles are published on the web yet, but all of them are slated to be on Ehow.com. I’ve written several bird-related articles, some home safety ones, and even some I just had an interest in learning about.

Writing good articles does require some research, and it can be argued that that time would be better spent marketing for your own business. But marketing brings future money, and, like me, you may need to get some “now” money. If you do write for Demand Studios or similar companies, just be sure to continue working toward your primary goal. Just keep writing and just keep marketing.

Also, writing consistently also allows me to exercise my writing mind. That’s always a good thing.

Do you write for Demand Studios? Have you? What do you think about writing for low pay?


21 Responses to “Just keep writing. Just keep writing.”

  1. Betty Boop says:

    nice article thx 4 the tips & thx 4 sharing

  2. Demand studios pays well for the writers.

  3. Evelyn says:

    I’ll admit that I work for Demand Studios when I’m low on client work and when I can find titles that I want to write on. Lately it’s been pretty dicey.

    I hear what you’re saying about the need to balance the need for “right now” money and the need to invest time in marketing and creating content for my site. It’s a balancing act. I work and I pray and somehow it all comes together. ;-)
    .-= Evelyn´s last blog ..Hiring a Ghostwriter: Five Steps to Finding a Good One =-.

  4. Mayrenne says:

    Yeah, thanks for the article. I once saw a study that said that those who write every day in modest amounts do more writing and generate more ideas than those who engange in binge writing. I try to write every single day even if it’s just a couple of paragraphs.
    .-= Mayrenne´s last blog ..Mayrenne permanece en la academia =-.

    • Jenny M. says:

      Hey, I like that. In my other blog, I used to write only when I feel like writing or when an inspiration hits me. But they are far in between. This information you gave just gave me an idea about a writing routine change. I don’t know of course if the resulting couple of paragraphs I write is good enough to show on my blog though. I guess there’s only one way to find out. Thanks for the idea. :)
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  5. Stan The Man says:

    Well if they pay “just” 15$ for an article, is very good for someone like me. I would like to see if they accept me. Will signup today and see how it goes. Thanks for the reference.
    .-= Stan The Man´s last blog ..How To Grow Taller – 7 Basic Tips =-.

  6. It’s one of my favourite movies to, and I’m 28 years old! The Demand Studios job seems a good way to make money, I’ll try them.

    Ste
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  7. Hi,

    Great article for the writing article.i’ll sure try it.
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  8. Sytropin says:

    If you need something to supplement your income, looking into writing for Textbrokers.
    .-= Sytropin´s last blog ..Sytropin Review =-.

  9. Triphow Ling says:

    Writing’s writing – if it pays, you enjoy the work and you have the time to do it, then don’t see any problem. Writing on your own blog pays much less, but you still do it, don’t you? :)

    P.S.: Sorry haven’t been around lately. Hope everything’s cool.

  10. Eren Mckay says:

    Hi Theda,
    I believe that the highest paying gigs are the ones that include copywriting.
    right now I write a lot and mostly to get links back to my own blog ( for SEO purposes). I admit that writing can be frustrating sometimes (because we don’t see the results immediately). But if we have faith and keep working at it – eventually it will pay off. You can also market your services at certain forums too.
    Hope that helps,
    Eren
    .-= Eren Mckay´s last blog ..Internet and computer addiction jokes -Top 13 Clues that You’re Addicted =-.

  11. Shelly says:

    Yes, I believe you on the “just keep writing” spirit. I’m still an aspiring writer and I’m looking forward to more valuable tips from you. Thanks for the post!
    .-= Shelly´s last blog ..Making a Pokemon Card II =-.

  12. ovi says:

    There are no doubt about this.Writting more and more will definitely increase your writting skill.
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  13. Tracey says:

    Congrats. Small success is still success. I also wrote for them for a bit. But with a full time job, it just got too hard to produce the 10 articles they wanted a week. But if you’re a stay-at home mom it’s a great way to make additional income.
    .-= Tracey´s last blog ..An Interview with Robie Madison =-.

  14. I agree. Sometimes you have to do what needs to be done to put food on the table. Its about being practical, I think.
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  15. Florence says:

    Congrats on being accepted. I agree with most of the comments, writing is writing. If the arrangement works for you, go for it. It’s the reason I started a blog. I just want to write, :) .
    .-= Florence´s last blog ..Mailbox Goodies =-.

  16. Being a writer is a challenge. But you can’t let those challenges stop you from doing something you like. True, just keep writing.

    Megan J.
    Article Writer
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  17. We can always write for low rates once in a while. Demand Studios suits what I need, a site that I can work on while I try to become a better writer. should we write for Demand studios? You choose. http://www.innovativepassiveincome.com/should-i-write-for-demand-studios/
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  18. I guess you heard about the whole eHow thing. Changes over at Demand to accommodate a bunch of eHOw writers. Should be interesting.
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