How I make a living writing without paying for training

Mathieu Belleville-Douelle
6 min readMay 11, 2024
Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

A few weeks ago, I decided to sign up for several writing platforms.

Everywhere, I found the same type of content creators. Sorry, I’d hardly call them writers. They produce filler, empty, soulless articles with sanitized, agreed-upon storytelling. Their follower count shows that they arouse the interest of their readers. Or sometimes just envy?

You’ve probably come across them too. They’re so numerous and easy to recognize. Their articles have titles like “how to use platforms to make money?” or “how did I earn thousands of dollars on platforms?”. Their platform articles oscillate between personal development applied to business and writing tips.

But who are they really? What do they do? What’s their business based on? Because, yes, I like to know where people are talking from. As I was trying to find out more about several of them, I realized that most of them have no other business. They write about how to make money writing about platforms and make money by being read by those who want to make money writing about platforms articles about how to make money writing about platforms….

Stop, please, I’m dizzy!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m open to advice. I read a lot of it when I started my writing career, and I continue to do so to improve myself. But I



Mathieu Belleville-Douelle

I love writing, words and ideas. I always want to learn and explore new fields. Committed to my values, I struggle with my inner contradictions.