Writing for Others Can Be Tough

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I mentioned in my previous post that my wife is thinking of making a vlog. She finally started working on it, and asked me for support on writing for her a script.

While I did a few writing jobs for ads years ago, writing a script for another person can be difficult.

In writing a script, you have to consider the character that you are writing for. How would they say it? What words to use? What manner of speaking?

That is also besides the point of the differing ideas you or the character you are writing for might have.

In any case, I had a hard time thinking up of a script for my wife, and I ended up helping her by writing guidelines on what to speak.

It took a lot of takes.

Fortunately, each take helped build her experience in working with me in front of the camera. I’m apparently the camera man, the director, the writer, and even the producer… Hahaha.

In the end, I never was able to write a complete script. However, the experience also helped me learn on what points to consider, should I try to write a script, outside of a fiction setting, that is.

Script writing for these kinds of video production seem to be more focused on the content, rather than the delivery. It should leave room for adlibs for the speaker to inject their own personality into the talk, and, lastly, it should be structured in a way that would enable the speaker to naturally flow from one topic to the next.

Well, hopefully I could write a script which would be usable in our next production!

See you around, and have a nice day.


Can Any Skill be Monetized?


Passion can be a good fuel for motivation, and when it comes to making money, motivation could use a bit more passion as fuel to the fire.

Have you ever thought about how a seemingly useless skill you have can be a sort of income?

When I was a kid, people around me have sort of drilled in my head the notion that artists cannot make a decent living.  Income would be hard for them.  I  believed them, and so, took up a course in business. I never thought that one could earn a good income from drawing, painting or graphic arts.

However, it would seem that the mind-molding I experienced was wrong, and one could definitely earn a good income from the arts. They could earn income from clients who commission their work, from writing books about how to draw or make art-related things, and even earn income from teaching.  I have also seen artists make income from youtube videos.

So the question is, can any skill be a source of income?

What about being very good at video games? Yes, of course you can. With the right amount of followers, and the right skill at being a showman, you can earn an income from being a gamer by streaming your games, or at least uploading an entertaining video online.

What about a skill which involves doing absolutely nothing for long periods of time? This sounds tricky, but if you can stand still or hold a pose for a very long time, you could work as an artist’s model, or even be one of those living statues.

What about watching television shows or movies? That seems like a hobby which could not be monetized, right? Of course not! There are websites and channels that cater to reviewing tv shows, movies, cartoons, and anime. By sharing their insights and deep knowledge of the media, they gain a following, which in turn is a source of income for these reviewers.

Good at matching outfits, to the point where your friends and family members call on you for advice? Fashion consultant.

Have a knack for arranging furniture and beautifying rooms? Interior decorator.

What may seem like a useless activity can be turned to a profitable venture. However, this greatly depends on the individual and their perspective of their skill. A unique combination of skills can prove valuable if marketed right.

It all boils down to marketing and targeting an audience through the way you package your skill and the means by which you deliver them to your target market. How to monetize your skill would probably warrant another post in the future, so do keep an eye out for that by subscribing.

Is there any seemingly useless skill or activity that would make a good source of income? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

See you next time, and have a nice day.

Start Now, Sort it out Later

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My wife has been planning on starting a vlog, and I completely support her on her endeavors.

In fact, I have been helping in a lot of behind-the-scenes development, such as banner and logo design, tips on gaining subscribers, ways in organizing content, and also some cinematography tips and tricks.

Fortunately, running a vlog is not that different from running a blog.

The steps to running a blog or vlog are as follows:

  1. Create a blog (or vlog)
  2. Churn out content
  3. Build up your subscribers
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3

However, all these planning, and little action can be a bit frustrating. Though, I have to admit, she has little experience to content production, so I have to be a bit more understanding. After all, the hardest part of swimming in a pool can sometimes be dipping your feet in the water.

I have a trial-and-error approach to running things. Test it out, see if it works, and if it doesn’t, try something else. It helps in the learning process, at the very least.

With content production, I think this approach also helps. Make the content, then sort it out later. If you’re into writing, just write, then edit it up later. “Just Write” is tougher than it sounds. You don’t just tap out random words and hope they make sense. Just write – but it has to make sense, be somewhat directed to a point, and anything that is not useful, can be edited out.

In any case, when the inspiration to write hits – just go with it.

Although, I guess, this could be depending on the person… So, whatever works for you?