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Meet John Wilson And Learn Of His Writing Community Success

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We recently caught up with John Wilson from our writing community to talk about his experience. Damien earned £100 within a week from one article. Read on to find out how!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a musician, composer, songwriter, producer, tutor and writer based in Guildford, UK. The moment I started getting involved in music was when I picked up the recorder. However, it didn’t take long for me to switch over to guitar instead which became my primary instrument. I have spent many years developing my technique, knowledge of music theory and the music industry and also gigging and writing with many different musicians.

man plying guitar by tree is Darren Wilson Composer

From 2016-2019 I studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford, UK. In November 2019 I graduated with first-class honours in Music Industry Practice – Creative Artist. I am now pursuing a career in music. Currently, I’m producing music for a music library with the intent of the music being used in audiovisual media. I have also recently become a writer for Music Gateway. 

This was your first article writing for Music Gateway. How did it go?

I would argue that it went really well. However, I did underestimate how long it would take to complete the article to a standard I was satisfied with. My advice for anyone looking to get into writing is to make sure to give yourself enough time to gather any resources you need and to edit the article once you have created a draft. I managed to overcome this issue but it did make writing this article more difficult.  

How did you stay motivated to write and how did you plan out your time to stick to the deadline?

Darren Wilson composer up close

One thing that kept me motivated was knowing that this would be my first article on Music Gateway. I really wanted my first article to be the best it could be. Taking short breaks whilst writing also helped me to stay motivated. I think it is important to know when to walk away from something you are working on.

I also think having something as a reward for getting a certain amount of work done may help others to stay motivated as well. This could be a break itself or something like a cup of coffee. 

Once the article was all done and published, how did you go about promoting it?

I utilized every platform I was able to, many of which were new to me. I shared the article on various social media platforms (such as Facebook and Instagram) and also on many different websites (such as Reddit).

You promoted the article so well in fact that you reached over 1,000 unique visitors in just 4 days and over 3,000 unique visitors within a week! What is your tip for success?

I surprised even myself with how much traffic the article had after a short period of time. My advice would be to get involved with many different online communities, especially those that are frequently active and are related to the topic area of the article you are promoting.

For me personally, I found that Reddit was the best platform to share my article on. I am certain most of the traffic came from there and it was great to share the article with other musicians who are just starting out. I think I actually helped quite a few people by sharing the article on Reddit which is rewarding by itself.

Want to get involved?

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