If you want to become a writer, then in the beginning, write for pleasure and let the profits follow. Whatever you do in life, make sure you enjoy the journey along the way. Writing is no different. People will know that your heart is not in the topics you write, if you have no interest in the subject. Well-written articles or stories will earn profits.
This may not apply for the professional writer, although for a beginner it is important to choose subjects close to your heart. Always write about the things you love doing or interest you. Find an unusual angle or a specific way of showing people how to make it different.
Whatever you write, it must all start with a good beginning, middle, and end with something your reader will not forget. Give your reader something to ponder on when they finish reading your article or story. I know it is not easy, but never give up trying.
Always write about something familiar to you. You can laugh if you like, but I am writing this in between customers. Yes, I am having a very poor Garage Sale today. It is raining today; hence, no one wants to step outside. So here, I am sitting inside writing this. There you go: write an article on "How to run a successful Garage Sale". Anyone could beat what I am doing, that's for sure.
Write an article or make up a fictional story about something you believe, needs telling. Then create the characters specifically, to deliver this message. Convince your readers that they are credible, honest, or a criminal depending on the type of story you create.
Many well known authors failed with their first attempt, so do not give up.
Put yourself in their shoes. Try to imagine a vagrant living on the streets. What would they wear, do not dress them in good clothes, nor give them an educated speech, unless you have a specific reason to lead your readers astray.
Every writer will have a problem with writer's block, at one stage in his/her writing career, even the professional novelist. Do not stress. If you have trouble with it, go out for the day. Enjoy yourself. While out, look at the people around you. Listen to their conversations on the bus or in the shops. It is surprising, what that little snippet of conversation you hear may trigger an idea for an article or story. Everyone has trouble finding ideas to write a story at times.
Never go anywhere without your notebook. When you get an idea write it in your journal. You never know when something will pop into your head. Never trust your memory, it will let you down when you least expect it.
Practice writing something every day. It does not matter what it is. Just let your imagination run wild. This writing keeps your brain active; use your brain while you have it, because no one knows how long it will last.
Never let those rejection slips deter you from your goal of becoming a writer. No one is perfect. You need to persevere. Thousands of well-known authors have rejections at first, with books that have since sold millions of copies. Maybe, you will join that field of famous authors too. If you give up you will never find your true objective in life.
On the other hand, if an article is rejected, it may have a valid reason. Check the spelling; ask others to read it for you. Read it aloud. If you hesitate or stumble it has a problem with the way it was written.
Write the way you want to write. Learn to find your own style or techniques. Never write, things you are not comfortable writing. Be yourself and never copy another writers work.
This is not as easy as it sounds. When writing an article, research every available aspect of it. Start with a different approach. What can it do for you? What adverse effect could this have on your well-being?
Creative writing can be anything from article writing to writing your own novel. If you choose to write a fictional story, you still have to look for a new angle or twist. To keep the reader's attention you have to create plots for them to follow. Then when they think they are safe to throw them another twist to cause havoc. Keep them in suspense. We all know the hero wins in the end; so make life hard for them to succeed. Then again, you could give the reader two different endings. Leaving the choice up to them.
Whatever you write throughout your lifetime, make sure you enjoy the process. Sure, things do not always end as you would like. So write for pleasure first, money and profit will follow.