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7 Struggles Of A Content Writer And What To Do

Social media is now the perfect advertisement tool if you want to promote a product, a service or an event. Gone are the days when mainstream media and publications are the only means for you to advertise. Social media engagements, likes, number of followers and traffics has been the bases of advertisers. And your content is the primary driving source to make it. Connections and influence might help, but still, a great content can attract even the most capable client. Year after year, content of the websites has been the most in-demand medium to promote a certain product. Your content matters to the advertisers or any prospective business partners. That is why content writing has been the most sought after and meticulously woven words to cater the demands of the clients.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, writing employment for both writers and authors is projected to rise at 8% from 2016 to 2026. That is equivalent to any occupations. Experienced writers can find work in public sectors of corporations and in nonprofit organizations. While those who are in the freelance category can find work with the journal publishers, newspaper and magazine agents, or write their own books.

Unfortunately, due to its rising demand in the market and the ever increasing number of writers, experience and qualifications has skyrocketed and strong competition is expected for this job. With this new age, working with a variety of digital and electronic tools is definitely an advantage. But with these predicaments, many aspiring writers are in distress of achieving a writing career, so self-employment or self-publishing is inevitable. The good thing is that, the traction of ebooks and digital formats will allow many writers and author both aspiring and professionals, both the corporate and self-publishing to publish their works. In reality, it’s funny that you will only do the same job of a typical writer once you are hired, regardless of your qualifications. I know, right?

Now, for those aspiring writers or those who aren’t competitive enough in this industry, struggles are real and it will hit you rock bottom. These are some of the struggles content writers, aspiring writers, and authors are facing in the writing industry.

1- EDUCATION

Definitely the deal breaker. Unfortunately, many writers with a creative mind are either no degree or have not finished their college. For different personal reasons, however, this is the first thing they lack inorder to enter the industry. Regarding the passion in writing, I find that these underachievers are more passionate compared to those have their bachelor’s degree. These underachievers will definitely face the harsh reality of life even in any other industry when you don’t have a degree. Only few companies are giving chances to these underprivileged. Fewer than the number of your fingers.

What To Do:
Simply put, if you have the money and the opportunity to study in any school, grab it. Try to finish it as much as possible. If someone granted you scholarship, take down your pride and remind yourself of your future. Think of ways on how you can study. You can work in day job and study at night or vice versa. Do part-time jobs and save that earnings for your college tuition. This is already a great investment when you have a degree.

2- EXPERIENCE

Again, even the greatest content writer is nothing compared to a mediocre college degree writer that worked in a prestigious publication. For those who earned it through hardwork, I commend you, but for those who are just referred without any qualification, goodluck. Opinions aside, connection and influence is important for this job or any jobs in general. Unfortunately, this is also one of the main reasons why potential contents writers aren’t hired.

What To Do:
Invest in your writing skill first. Write articles in your school, or write as a volunteer until such time you found your niche and what subjects are you good at. Write an article in your social media accounts, always practicing zero grammatical errors and original contents. Hone it, and when you think you have the confidence, try to write your pitch to any publication.



3- COMPENSATION

Payment is one of the important factors why some content writers are discouraged in pursuing a writing career. Depending on your level of expertise, some writers are getting an above average compensation while some are getting a menial compensation especially those writers in the Freelance sector.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $62,170 is the median annual salary for writers and authors last May 2018. Based on the survey in 2016, about 1 in 4 writers and authors had worked as a part-time.

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According to an article published by Dennis Abrams of publishingperspective.com, a 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey was conducted. The respondents were divided into four categories. “Just over 77% of self-published writers make $1,000 a year…with a startlingly high 53.9% of traditionally-published authors, and 43.6% of hybrid authors, reporting their earnings are below the same threshold. Only 0.7% of self-published writers, 1.3% of traditionally published writers, and 5.7% of hybrid writers reported earning more than $100,000 a year from their writing.”

Some writers also used different means in order to monetize their work. Google Adsense, WordPress Adwords, Facebook Ads, Amazon Affiliates Program, and Rakuten Marketing to name a few are the names you will commonly hear for a commission-based affiliate programs. These are helpful for bloggers and website owners to generate additional income aside from their daily lucrative jobs.

What To Do:
Compensation are the usual issue of an aspiring content writer. Some writers are working a full-time day job in order to meet their financial needs, and content writing is only their part-time job. Whatever options you choose, whether you work a day time job, participate in affiliate programs, write a book, write as a ghostwriter, write in a paid guest post or outsource your articles in commisssion-based clients, what’s important is you are maximizing your money-generating potential by these alternatives. You are also creating connections and influence that could land you to a potential big publications in the future.

4- INTERVIEW

Bear in mind that writers in general tend to be introverts. Thus, affecting how they interact with the clients. This might also be debatable for some, not everyone who pass the interviews are good at the field. And not all interviewers are objective. It boils down to personal preference if the interviewer likes you or not, shunning the passionate ones for the writing job.

What To Do:
Read Self-Help books and articles in personal development. Watch Youtube videos in articulation and fluency. Practice yourself talking in front of the mirror. Read some books aloud just so you know if you are saying it right. Be more confident, even in any circumstances.

5- LEARNING

This is a personal choice. Whether you like to continuously grow as a writer or not, it is important to keep on learning, regardless of your age. Even the billionaires keep on learning by reading some books. You have to continuously develop yourself in the field you are into or as an individual. By doing this, you are getting more ideas and knowledge in the ingredients of a great article should be. When you stop learning, you are giving yourself limitations to the things you can do, you will do and what you have done, without knowing what hidden talents you still possessed.

What To Do:
Read. Read. Read more. Attend free seminars, workshops or if you can afford to pay for one, that would be better. Interact with those people who are great in the industry and remember their insights.

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6- IDEAS AND MINDSET

Because of the increasing demand of writers, many ideas has been cliched. Unknowingly, the book or the articles you already wrote maybe the same as the others. This is where originality and creativity takes place. Remember, many writers can copy your article, but they can never copy your writing voice. Stress and mental stability plays a critical role in your writing, leading to the writing state called Writer’s Block. I did an article tackling the issue about writer’s block and blank page syndrome for your additional reference. So before you will write, try to pray and meditate. Calm your inner self for the ideas to follow freely.

When you aspired to be a writer, it was your passion that drove you in this industry. Many writers tend to stop at the middle or weren’t able to pursue their writing career, probably because of some personal reasons. But if you are passionate in this craft, quitting should not be an option. Stopping anytime will become laziness until such time you lose that passion or interest.

What To Do:
It is a must for writers to think about their content, especially when the clients has their criterions about the content you are commissioned to do. It is also the content that would make or break your writing career.

Consider these three questions as your guidance.

  • Why am I writing this?
  • To whom is this article for?
  • What benefits can my readers get?

7- PROCRASTINATION

Proscrastination hinders our growth. It hinders us to accomplish something. It hinders us to be productive at our writing. It hinders us to take actions and do our responsibilities. Consider this, delaying your work is also delaying your salary and delaying your achievements in life. Completing even a little task one at a time, is a one step of making your writing career a success. Hahaha.

What To Do:
Practice Time Management. It is self-motivated. Try to create a habit, by starting to write in the early morning. When you feel like it isn’t working, work for the first two minutes, during that time you have to focus about your content. It could lead to two possible outcomes. Either you will continue or stop afterwards. If it is the latter, try to take a break but continue again after an hour or if you regain your momentum. Remember, continue writing even when you don’t feel like it.

Being in the field of writing is not that easy. There are days when you feel a Writer’s Block and there are days when ideas keep on coming. There is no perfect content no matter how good you are. There is no habit and routine that could transform you into a perfect Content Writer. There will be people in the industry that will not like you or even your work. There will be many struggles along the way. There is no shortcut of everything except hard work and perseverance. If you want to be good at something invest 10000 hours in it to be able to master it. If you are passionate about it, no matter how many failures that discouraged you to stop, pursue it!

I would love to hear your struggles in whatever job you are currently in. Comment in the section below and let us encourage each other to be the best version of ourselves.

The Writer’s Heart

Nowadays, there are many “so-called” famous young writers. They are products of either a Writing Competition or the Wattpad. But really, are they that good? Or they are just using their influence to gain readers? And the worst? It’s by creating numerous accounts just to create publicity or gain reads (views) in their works.

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See also: Passion vs Practical vs Normal (The Long Term)

In a generation where stories have gotten cliched, or copying (knowingly or unknowingly) other’s plot has been in almost every story, one cannot know whether it’s still worth it or not.
In an ocean of great books, famous writers, and recycled storylines, how can a mere amateur writer make it to the top? Next to J K. Rowling, Stephen King, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and so forth. Yes, I heard you. It’s through a gimmick.

GIMMICK

I will tell you straight to your face dear, the gimmick is a lame but easiest way to be known. Its success rate depends on two things. First, the gravity of your gimmickry. Some gimmicks of these young writers range from wearing a mask to wearing an all-black, to wearing an eyeglass, to more absurd if not bizarre costumes and the list goes on. Who cares if the story isn’t even worth it, if you can pull off that gimmick, right?

See also: When the Passion is Gone?

Second, it also depends on your readers. Yes, dear, to make that gimmick successful, you must have a huge following. Take note that it is crucial for an amateur writer to be friendly, and polite to gain readers. Especially the teens, they are mostly your readers. You must always interact with them even with a simple “Hi”, click that “Like” button if you can’t accommodate them. Because if you didn’t, they might think that you are a snob. That for some, it might affect their interest, and eventually, you will lose a follower.



But you see, above all these gimmicks that they are coming up with, they have forgotten the essence of writing a story. A great story reflects the heart of the author. You as a writer are giving away your personality, time, and thoughts to your work. Sadly, the world isn’t fair – so is writing. Readers and writers nowadays are only looking for that “romantic excitement”. They lose that depth in what they write or do. They lose that creative imagination to a point that everything is – shallow. 

See also: Writer’s Block and Blank Page Syndrome

WRITING ABILITY

Gimmick or not, a true writer should still have that heart in his craft. Your writing ability is what matters. Regardless if you don’t have that number of reads your story deserves. Because a great story will be remembered if not now, maybe sometime in the future. Imagine yourself as a famous writer, with a great plot and a simple gimmick to compliment? You can never go wrong! And for that, you deserved my applause.

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A GREAT STORYTELLER WHO WRITES FROM HIS GUT

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A GREAT STORYTELLER WHO WRITES FROM HIS GUT.


Whether it be Dramarama or GMA Primetime, we can’t help ourselves to switch our Television and watch our favorite teleseryes. Nowadays, the contents had been calibrated to cater International audience as the competition among these stations are becoming more intense. From CGI and 3D rendering effects, to props using 3D Printing, to Cinematography using drones that could capture 4k resolutions, to Musical Scoring and Screenplay. From indie budget to expensive budget like Game of Thrones, television landscape had never been this more creative, more challenging and more diverse that could level that of international calibers.

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But one key element from these will always remain. An unchartered region that highlights other elements like acting prowess and magnify the entirety of the drama. These are storytellers that evolved from nuisance, to masters. These are people who can justify a show or drama through their creative imaginations. Once unknown individuals that later became a brand and basis of a masterpiece creation. These are writers.

Among the roosters of great writers in his generation, Arjay Nuevas, a household brand and the genius behind Anna Karenina, Innamorata, Impostora and Villa Quintana. Creative Head of GMA’s Primetime Shows like Ang Dalawang Mrs Real, Once Again, Niño and My Destiny.

Arjay Nuevas(also credited as Robert Joseph Nuevas) a certified Noranian, Regine Alcasid and Madonna fanatic. Not a fan of horror movies. An Anti- Marcos but Duterte apologist. A Filipino television writer and film writer. He is a resident writer of GMA Network. He has adapted, for television, three of Carlo J. Caparas’ graphic novels: Bakekang in 2006, Kamandag in 2007 and Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang in 2009. He is also writing the screenplay for the big-budget movie adaptation of Caparas’ most famous work: Ang Panday.

Aside from his Television materpieces, some people aren’t aware that he is also a Wattpad Writer and a Published Author in Amazon. Thus, he deserved to be featured in our article.

His famous works are The Wrong Mr. Right, Bad Boy in Bed (Book 1), Edge on Top (Book 2), Edge in Command (Book 3), The Haunted Wife, Yesterday’s Lover and Angel on Fire. Some of those books in Amazon has established its titles. Sir Arjay Nuevas, was kind enough to accept our interview despite his busy schedule.

See also: Passion Vs Practical Vs Normal

Here are our Questions:

1- Who is Arjay Nuevas as a writer?
A- As a writer: intuitive; writes from the gut.

2- Wattpad or Amazon?
A- Both, because both let me write intuitively and without inhibitions, without limitations. Pure creativity, pure bliss as a writer.

3- What motivates you to write?
A- The characters in my head. They are pushing me to write their stories. They don’t let me rest until I let their voices be heard.

4- What was your turning point when you realized you want to be a writer?
A- We had a neighbor who happened to be a komiks editor. I glanced upon a sample komiks script before that, so I tried writing komiks and it went well so that was the beginning. The physical turning point. Hadn’t we had a neighbor who was an editor, I might not have been a writer. But who knows?

5- As an experienced writer, where do you think an amateur writer should focus on?
A- A new writer should listen to the voices of characters in his head. I’ve always likened a writer to a recorder or annotator, or typist if you like; a writer just records the dialogues of the characters in his head. A writer is a bit schizophrenic in a way.

6- How do you handle writer’s block?
A- As far as I can remember, there was just only one instance that I had writer’s block. I was in love that time and I was waiting for my lover to come home so I was not able to write the whole day. I was just staring at a blank computer page. I am lucky that I don’t usually have writer’s block. My problem is the exact opposite. I have so many stories in my head and I don’t have the time or the platform to write them all.

7- How do you handle criticism?
A- I’ve had my share of criticisms. I give myself five minutes to wallow and get depressed because of those criticisms. But after five minutes, that’s it, done. No more wallowing. I just try to learn from my mistakes then move on. On to the next deadline or next story. I don’t allow my being a writer define me as a person.

8- What do you think was your greatest struggle when you were starting to write? Have you overcome it?
A- I am lucky I never had that much struggles and problems or obstacles when I was starting. Everything was so breezy. From komiks to tv to movies, all the opportunities came my way very easily. I thank God and providence for that. But I made sure to work harder because of that. I read a lot, I watch a lot. Up to now, I keep on studying. I read books on writing, whether for novel writing or scriptwriting.

9- What is(are) your bad habit(s) when writing?
A- Procrastination? But not really. I allow myself to procrastinate a bit but I always still meet my deadlines. Aside from a bit of procrastinating, I don’t think I have other bad habits, modesty aside.

10- What is your take on the issue about plagiarism?
A- I don’t plagiarize. Those who do are not real writers. A real writer is like a well that has an infinite supply of stories that it is unnecessary to copy other people’s work. I do the opposite. I give away concepts.

11- As a fellow Wattpad writer, what do you prefer. A cliche plot with many views or an unconventional plot with least views? Why?
A- Views? As in people who read the stories? Of course it is nice if many people read your work. But your happiness should not depend on how many actually do read them. Unless you write because you want to have as many reads or views. My wattpad story right now doesn’t have that much readers but what can I do? I am writing Yesterday’s Lover to release the story of those characters in my head. Whether it has many readers or not, writing it has served its purpose. To tell that story.

12- What are the common things between The Wrong Mr Right and Yesterday’s Lover?
A- Common things between THE WRONG MR RIGHT and YESTERDAY’S LOVER? None, I think. One is light and hetero romcom, the other is serious and gay love and a bit of sci fi.

13- As a creative writer, are you contented on your works? Say, Anna Karenina. Do you think you have given your best in this drama? Why?
A- As a writer, I am seldom content. When I watch a movie or a tv series I wrote, I am very critical with myself. I always think: I should’ve made that character more funny or I should’ve delayed the conflict, etc. The Wrong Mr Right is a bit of an exception. I liked what I wrote there, to think there was not much editing done on my part.

14- What was the most difficult drama you have written? Why?
A- There was just one teleserye that I found difficult to write. THE LAST PRINCE, the one starring Aljur Abrenica. I don’t know why but I couldn’t seem to make it work. I asked the help of all the creative people of GMA (Suzette Doctolero, Dode Cruz, Jun Lana, Kit Langit, Des Severino, Denoy Punio)…twice! We had dinner twice for them to help me na mapatayo ang pilot episode. Thank God I was able to do it naman and it rated quite well.

See also: The Writer’s Heart

15- In all your works be it on TV or Wattpad, who is the character that best describes you? Why?
A- Character that best decribes me? Parang wala. Those characters are not extensions of my persona. They are characters existing in my head. Kung pipilitin ako for an answer, siguro yung mga characters na funny. Like the original character of Karen in Anna Karenina, or a bit of Welcome in THE WRONG MR RIGHT. I joke a lot.

16- Within the years of your writing career, what genre are you most comfortable? Why?
A- I like writing komiks drama (Anna Karenina, Impostora, Sana ay Ikaw na Nga) or fantasy drama (Luna Mystica, Enamorata, Majika, etc)

17- In one sentence, what advice can you give to aspiring writers?
A- WRITE!!!!! 🙂

Arjay Nuevas, a man who is willing to share his thoughts and concepts for other writers. Who doesn’t care whether someone reads his works or not. As long as he can release those creative inputs inside his head that motivates him to write more. A very intuitive writer who writes from his gut. And one of the most-prized possessions of GMA Network.

Mr. Arjay Nuevas was kind enough to give us a video clip greeting for Wattpad Writer’s Guild. Thank you Sir!

Watch it Here:

©Copyright 2017

Writer’s Block and Blank Page Syndrome


Have you experienced a time wherein your mind was like in a total blank? Where you can’t think of any ideas or have run out of words to say? Or perhaps, you’re just staring at your blank sheet of paper or word document and not a single idea ever crossed your mind? Probably, it’s either you are experiencing a Writer’s Block, or a Blank Page Syndrome.

What is the difference of the two? Actually, they are both similar in terms of description. However, Writer’s Block deals more in psychological aspects, whereas the latter has no symptoms at all.



Writer’s Block happens mostly to writers. It is a condition wherein, you are unable to think or come up with an idea for your story or article. It could be because you lack inspiration, you are distracted, you are stressed or due to a creative problem within your work.

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Inspiration is one of the important factors in writing a story. It is where you create your plot, the twists, and sometimes (if not oftentimes), it affects the ending of your story. Your inspiration could come from your relationship, your idol or mentor and your favorite book, movie or anime. It could also be based on your surroundings and your habits.

See also: When the Passion is Gone

People get distracted most of the times. And for a writer, it could cause a delay or slow pace in your story. Not that you don’t need it for a break. The problem of distraction is, when it’s diverting your goal, attention or your time, instead of focusing on your story. All writers need things to be done with a deadline.

Some serious reasons, why writers are encountering Writer’s Block, is due to stress. Stress than can lead to serious physical illnesses and depressions. You run out of idea because your mental condition is unstable. Or you are suffering from a migraine that hinders your thought to process information. You cannot think because of the pressure in your work, pressure in your relationship and pressure in your surroundings. You are comparing your story to those now-famous writers who were once on your league. And most especially, you are stress because of the deadline. This stress could cause hiatus, if you didn’t response to it immediately.

Another issue that most writers are unaware of is, the problem in your story itself. All writers wants a compelling stories that will motivate their readers. Because we think of many ideas and thoughts, we ended up with plot holes that oftentimes, we don’t know how to connect those ideas in our story.

Unlike Writer’s Block, the Blank Page Syndrome is indicated by not having an idea from the beginnning. It could probably have something to do with your mood, so you can’t think of anything to write. It’s also because you lack in sleep, so your mind is wandering or not functioning at that time. And you are just staring at a blank page, and you completely forgot what you’re supposed to write.

See also:  Passion Vs Practical Vs Normal

Either of these two, could take from short-term or long term loss of ideas and thoughts. But, in order to avoid Writer’s Block and Blank Page Syndrome, you should have thought about it from the beginning. Write on a paper or type on your word document the plot, the characters, the settings and the supposed-to-be ending of your story. That way, you can still trace, organize and connect your stories if you came up with a new idea. Take a break, like travel somewhere or take a short stroll at the park. What you perceived around you could contribute to your story. Engage yourself in free writing and brainstorming. Sometimes, making a new story will refresh your mind and create new ideas and plot twists. And lastly, read any stories or articles and watch any, if not new, movies or animes.

In general, it’s inevitable as all writers have experienced and or experiencing one of these. The question would be, how are you coping up with your Writer’s Block or Blank Page Syndrome?

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