Are you a word ninja? Do you live and breathe nouns, verbs, and Oxford commas? Would you rather die than use an apostrophe incorrectly?

This probably isn’t for you. But if you want to get paid to write, read on. 

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Hello, I’m Thom Wong

I’m a paid writer. For the past 15 years, people have given me money for words I think up. Sometimes those words are real. Sometimes my job title even has the word “writer” in it. 

You want to get paid to write

In some capacity, to some extent, you want writing to be a thing (or the thing) you do for money. 

I’m going to tell you what I know 

For a long time I reckoned that was absolutely nothing. But then 15 years went by, people kept paying me, and other people kept asking me why. So here we are. 

Let’s get started

First, what this is and isn’t.