The 10 Secrets of Every Successful Writer That You Need to Know


This is a guest post by Ben Russel, a creative writer, blogger and researcher from Fresno, California.

People with a successful writing career follow a number of secrets to achieve their goals.

Therefore, a successful writer breads these secrets in his attempt to meet the market demand of creative writing.

Below are the top ten secrets which writers follow to become successful.

1. Passion.

Writing is a career which demands a high degree of the writer’s dedication. Here the writer needs to love their work wholeheartedly in order to have a good image of what they want to accomplish.

This is the drive of a writer’s success.

2. Purpose.

A writer needs to have strategic objectives that he wants to accomplish.

At any given moment a writer will be required to work towards accomplishing a given goal. He is entitled to follow the motivation factors which lead to the development of the writing career and have a team to accomplish them within a given time frame.

3. Prose.

Success is associated with hard work.

Successful writers are deemed to ensure they work hard in research for the content to include in their work, to ensure they meet the quality intended and completeness of the articles they write to avoid creating suspense on their readers’ minds.

Devotion in work is key to their success.

4. People.

Those who surround every successful writer are crucial to their success.

Therefore,  it’s the role of the writer to ensure they have created an enabling relationship with people who interact with them at all times to make their work easier.

A good relationship will help those people to be his motivators whenever he needs their help. These people are useful in offering support to the writers.

When passion is used to serve the community around, it results to greater success and happiness.

5. Platform.


Creating good relationships with the community around a writer is key to success. Having complete platform, the writer will have the resources necessary to accomplish their desires and those of their community.

6. Pre-promotion.

After writing, it’s essential to give some of the articles to the society to check whether they like them or they need to do some adjustments on them in order to suit the market expectations.

This action is very critical, as if done on time, it can help save resources and time which are the major elements in the development and success of a writer.

This should be done on an unlimited basis as there are numerous changes which take place in the market.

7. Promotion.

Sharing ideas is crucial to the success of a writer. Some research carried by writers is useful for the promotion of the well being of the community.

Under such situations, the writer will boost his relationship with the community and they will focus more on reading his articles to acquainting themselves with the events taking place in their community and the writer will have more clients.

8. Professionalism.

Success of the writers depends on their level of professionalism they put into practice.

It’s recommended for the writers to ensure they use the current technology to gather their materials and to ensure they deliver the best quality possible.

Creativity becomes useful in the development of the writers. A successful writer ensures he maximizes his talents in writing to meet his expectations and to meet the market needs.

9. Profit.

When one makes profit they are used as capital to finance other writing activities for future work.

Good writers work hard to make profits, which are used as their rewards and they struggle hard to develop their career as writers. This profit is used as the motivating factor.

10. Perseverance.

Sometimes there are barriers which writers encounter as they carry on with their research.

Successful writers need to be very patient as they deal with these obstacles which can kill their dreams.

They need to trust they are capable and they can complete the tasks ahead of them by looking for the optimum solutions to them. They develop strategies which are suitable for a long life search of their best results.

Every successful writer uses these steps to create his profile in the writing arena.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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