Writing Advice

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Writing Online

The 3 biggest lies that writing coaches sell online writers

Alex Bentley
5 min readMar 28, 2022

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The lure of riches and renown is a recurrent theme for us lonely writers wandering the road to online writing stardom.

“Do this and you’ll make money,” writing coaches say.

“Do that and you’ll go viral,” they tell us.

“Quantity trumps quality,” they add.

And they say these things with a smile. Catering to our greed, vanity and ego.

They know what will make us tick and they use it against us. Selling us high-priced online courses that only teach the basics.

But beware, for these promises are nothing but lies.

To help show what these lies are and how they’re hurting online writers, let’s explore the three biggest myths of online writing.

Which are the things I didn’t know before I started writing online.

Lie #1: You Can Make a Fortune as an Online Writer

This is probably the most common lie you’ll hear from online writers.

They’ll tell you that all you need to do is start writing and the money will come rolling in. Like an armed car dropping off cash.

But here’s the truth.

Very few online writers actually make a full-time income from their writing.

In fact, many online writers are barely scraping by. Or worse, they don’t even make a single penny per piece.

The reason for this is simple:

There’s a lot of competition out there. And with so many people writing online, it’s very hard to stand out and make a name for yourself.

Sure, you might make some money here and there with your writing. Maybe $50 or $100 in a month. For some writers, that’s a huge milestone.

But unless you’re one of the top writers in your niche, you won’t make enough money to pay all of your monthly bills.

Lie #2: You Can Go Viral and Become Famous

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Alex Bentley

I write about crypto, personal finance, business & tech. Also, I publish a bit of humor to make you laugh.