5 Steps to POWER Writing

Many new writers think of writing as a hobby, something they do in their spare time to entertain themselves. And that’s okay. But if you want to take your writing to the next level — the level that earns readers and money — you must look at writing as a business. Even if you hold down a full-time job doing something else and want to build a part-time writing career, you must approach writing as a for-profit business. You need to be a Working Writer — just like most of the authors you enjoy and want to emulate. I’ve been a Working Writer for more than 50 years and I am most happy to share what I’ve learned with you through this blog and my Working Writer books.

One of the best tips I’ve received over the years is on how to approach a topic to write about it. Where do you start? Writing fiction and non-fiction books, articles, blog posts, and even ad copy, I’ve use the POWER Formula. Here it is: Prewrite, Outline, Write, Edit, Review. This simple acronym reminds me of the steps required to write most any document and has worked well when I approach a new topic or a new media. Let me explain it a little further.

Prewrite means to consider the topic or character situation, think about it, list out the considerations or process, do some research. Then put the points into a logical order as an Outline. You can use pad and pencil, MS Word, or outlining software as you prefer. To Write is obvious, using resources and craft to develop the document. Edit means revise the entire document as needed for clarity and to conform to grammar and punctuation rules. Review means you set aside the edited document for a while (a few hours, a day, whatever), then come back and read it as a reader would.

The next time you decide to write something, remember this simple process and write with POWER.

–Dan Ramsey, The Working Writer
“The world needs more Working Writers!”

Welcome to the Working Writer Blog

First, let me say that I’m not DAVE Ramsey, guru of how to be debt free. Same surname, Ramsey, probably means we have some common ancestors…but then everyone does. And I’m certainly not debt free. Not even after authoring more than 100 books in a writing career that spans over half a century. I do have more hair than Dave does, if that counts.

I’m DAN Ramsey and I have been fortunate enough to build a prolific career as an author of everything from books to magazine articles to children’s literature, product manuals, advertising copy, news, marketing collateral, and more on dozens of interesting topics. I once calculated that there are more than a million copies of books I’ve written in the world — none on the New York Times Best-Seller List, but most of them still contributing to mankind’s overall knowledge. That feels good.

So I clearly realize that I’m not a famous writer, nor a rich writer — but I am a profitable writer. For most of my working life, I’ve made money with words, about 25 years of that as a self-employed “freelance” writer. With it, I’ve fed myself and my family — plus assorted friends and pets. I write because I love my job and because I love to eat. I’m a Working Writer!

Want more guidance on how to build a career as a Working Writer? Take a look at my three latest books, The Working WriterWorking Writer Secrets, and Working Writer Business Plan. Each is filled with practical and proven information on building a successful writing career, with real-world examples. They are now available via Amazon as Kindle e-books for just $2.99 USD each. Meantime, you can email me at workingwriter@danramsey.com.

Back to work! 😉

–Dan Ramsey, The Working Writer
“The world needs more Working Writers!”