TODAY, Saturday, April 21st, 2018, is the Spring 2018 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

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How a Stepfather of Four Turned Writing from a Hobby Into a Career: Start Out Small – Andy Peloquin

The very thought of dragging myself out of bed at 5 in the morning to drive across a traffic-congested city made me dread waking up, as my dead-end job with a poor salary left me lacking inspiration. However, when I suddenly took on the role of being a stepfather of four, it was time to get my act together.

I was searching for an online job when I happened to stumble onto probably the lowest-paying content mill on the internet. I was paid roughly $2 for a 400 word article, but the good thing about it was that there were thousands of topics to choose from. At the end of my first month, I managed to pull in $80. By the end of the third month, I had actually made $200 that month from writing articles alone.

Surprisingly, it was those short, poorly paid articles that gave me the confidence to try when I lucked out on a larger content mill. I accidentally clicked on the link in a marketing email I was sent, and it led me to a content creation website that was hiring writers. I had written about two or three hundred poorly paid articles, so I knew that I could write. Though I had no formal training in the world of writing, I applied for a position