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« on: July 19, 2014, 12:34:54 PM »
I heave read about teens making money on surveys, and blogs, among a few online things here and there. There is another way that teens could possibly make money, though it is not a set in stone thing. So many online magazines or even regular magazines have writing contests, mainly around the the holidays. They can range from $25-$1,000 in prize money. I really enjoy doing them and have won once. I wrote a Halloween story and it won not last year, but the year before.

So it is something to look into. I also think self-publishing could be beneficial to teens looking to make money with creative writing. However, note that if you were to take that route that it has to be original, error free, and something people want for it to work. I only bring up these three points because Amazon and a number of other self-publishing hosts are really starting to crack down on writers for the best quality as possible. I was rereading Eragon what I  thought about this. The author himself was a teenager when he wrote these books.

Understand writing is not easy though. I have written a novel and am working on another and it is enjoyable, but some of the hardest work, mentally, that I have ever done.

Either way, it is just food for though.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2014, 05:21:13 PM »
What a great idea! One thing can lead to another, and you could find yourself writing on a regular basis for certain magazines or sites.
There is so much talent out there. I personally would love to participate in creative writing stories, and also read the stories of others.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2014, 02:05:50 PM »
Creative writing is the most secure way to make money from home and it is something that most people find enjoyment in doing. If you like writing and your English is good then I see no reason not to try and start to make a name for yourself and getting small checks here and there.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2014, 07:06:58 PM »
I am not a teenager, but I am very interested in writing, both creative fiction and non-fiction. I don't expect to make much right now, but I want to test the waters. I was always encouraged by my English teachers to pursue writing, and now I regret that I never did. Any advice on where to start?


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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2014, 07:24:15 PM »
It's the best advice one can give for sure...
If people are truly gifted with their writing, or if their capable of being patient and grinding it out, why not cut the middle man? That's basically it...

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2014, 07:31:28 PM »
Congrats!.
I know this sucks as a kid. My daughter is online and i know would love the opportunity to make cash, but I have had no idea.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2014, 12:37:28 PM »
To get your feet into the world of creative writing, make a few short stories/novels. Figure out how to put them in a few different formats, epub etc too. Look around for literary magazines. Submit a few well-written short stories and offer to let them publish them for free and then when your name (or your penname) has some history and knowledge behind it, you can move up to the magazines that will pay for short story contributions. Not to mention if you ever decide to publish, your success with online publishing will be a boon to any interested publishers.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2014, 05:09:08 PM »
Writing, be it creative or non, is something that may not be as easy as it sounds but then again it may be.  Getting published nowadays is so much easier than it was before so anyone and their mother can get published.  The most important thing is to promote the book.  This is where the difficulty comes in:


Some people think writing is easy, so they have this idea and they write a book.  It's easy to get published as an ebook so they go ahead and do it.  BUT, there's this saying 'one happy customer will bring you 10 customers, one unhappy customer will take away 100'.  I am not going to mention the title nor the author, but I read a synopsis on an ebook published on B&N.  It was the genre I prefer, the kid of main character I like, so I went ahead and bought it.  Although the story-line was very interesting...I mean super cool story-line...the way it was written?  OMG.  There were times where it would just pull me out of the story.  Sometimes the author used "their" instead of "there" among other things.  I am not a perfectionist but when I do something for others I double, triple, and quadruple check everything.  It was a series and so I thought 'well this person is some unknown person who wrote a book, let me give her a chance and buy the next one.'  Same thing.  I look u the author and was surprised to see she was somewhat "known" in the webesphere as a good author.  Well, I was shocked as...but that's why I say ANYONE can get published.  As long as you can promote yourself, you can sell your books.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2014, 11:24:36 AM »
Creative writing is an awesome way to make a quick buck.If your english is good and if you feel you meet the standards,then you can find yourself writing for magazines.To start off creative writing,some short stories or novels should be ideal.In the long run,it surely is beneficial.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2014, 01:45:50 PM »
Hi there !!!

I have to say thank you very much for bringing this subject up! I just realized I can start writing and  give it a shot. Now I have no idea where to offer my stories tho. I would really appreciate if you could give some names of magazines and or blogs that will pay for new creative writers...

I have always wanted to write--as a professional writer- I know is not easy tho, and I would not make big money right away: but I would be thrilled if I write something and is published !  ::)

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2014, 12:08:00 PM »
Writing is a good idea for teens. It helps them find their own personal voice and express themselves in ways they might otherwise not.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2014, 05:55:52 PM »
For one to write effectively on the internet it is important to make some decent research which will make the article to be very comprehensive and quite interesting to the reader.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2014, 06:20:39 PM »
I'm a few years outside of the teenage years, but I'm giving creative writing a shot. Right now I have what I hope will be a novel brewing, and it's coming together nicely. I want to try my hand at ebook writing.  I wouldn't say it's guaranteed to be a good or secure form of income, unless you get a lot of people to see your work, and it's of superb quality. But getting published on paper is a lengthy process that costs money. I'd much rather make a PDF of my work and put it on sites like Amazon or Lulu.

There are also a bunch of online magazines that take submissions and pay you if you're selected. Right now I'm eyeing You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login. Speculative fiction writing is right up my alley. There are others which I may try, in due time.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2014, 05:46:44 AM »
I don't think creative writing is for me, but I really got some great ideas for the scripts of movie plots. I wish there was a job where you are already given the plot and you just provide the script for the characters of the movie or tv show, lol.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2014, 04:15:16 AM »
I'm not really sure about self publishing in general, to tell you the truth. The majority of books only sell a couple of copies, and even that tends to be to friends and family. The time taken to write a book could be put to much better use. The fiction market is so, so saturated at the moment that it's very hard to break through, because everyone thinks they're able to write a book and put it out for sale without really having to put all that much effort into it. If you're going to do fiction, I would much rather write stories for magazines so that I could have a flat fee there and then, rather than having to wait for royalty payments to come through that might never actually arrive at all.

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