If you’re a hobbyist writer, a content writer, a copywriter, a blogger or a passionate storyteller from Amsterdam, here’s how you can earn more money from writing while doing what you love.
That’s if you love travel and games. But who doesn’t?
We’re introducing a new kind of content generation that can earn you short and long-term income. It involves writing fictional or real stories about your favourite places in Amsterdam.
These stories will earn you an initial guaranteed payment upon completion and, here’s the best part, future income from the future use of the content.
Think stock-images-type licenses, but for stories.
If you’re looking for a break from writing blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews or tiresome brand content, come and use your imagination for something new, and make money while at it.
How to earn money from quest writing
Amsterdam and its people have amazing stories that few people know. Even though they walked by or visited them in the past.
Questo is a city exploration game which reveals these stories while playing around.
By following clues and solving challenges, you get to discover old and new places in town, indoor or outdoor, and get rewarded with their hidden or unknown stories.
All these are wrapped in a new content form called a quest, a mission of discovery.
Take for example the Medusa’s Lost Diamonds quest, which was just published in Amsterdam. If you wanna play this quest before starting to write one, just write us and we’ll offer you a free access code.
Now, you can write quests too, while also making money. These quests are sold to locals and travelers. and you’ll receive a percentage of the earnings, besides the initial guaranteed payment after you finish it.
How to write a quest
If you have some interesting places from Amsterdam in mind, and know where you can find stories about them, you’re half way there already.
Also, if you want your quest to be 100% fictional, you can make up your own stories and just connect them with existent places in the city (indoor or outdoor).
STEP 1: Theme/concept writing
What you need to think of first is a concept/a theme. This is the central piece of your quest, and you must follow it from beginning to end. This concept can revolve around a character, which the explorer plays as.
A quest concept can be ‘The haunted city’, where you’re a ghost hunter trying to find a spirit by visiting all the haunted places in town.
Another one can be ‘Find the treasure’, where you’re an adventurer trying to get rich fast while scorching through the city in search of a treasure.
You can be a time traveller that landed inside a museum and now has to find a secret artefact that he has to return home.
Or you can be a detective who’s looking to find a robber by following clues left behind.
The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
STEP 2: Discovering locations and writing clues
After choosing a concept, you have to pick out fitting locations.
If you’re doing a ‘ghosts and spirits’ concept, you’re looking for haunted houses and creepy alleys. If you’re thinking of a ‘treasure hunt’, you can choose really old buildings which can hide such riches. You get the idea.
These locations should be reached by following directional clues that end with a question or a riddle.
You will receive a Complete Creators Guide that walks you through the entire content writing process, step-by-step.
STEP 3: Writing stories
You have the concept, you know the locations, and you prepared the clues. Now, it’s time for writing stories.
They can be real or fictional. The real ones can be about the history of the building, the life stories of people who lived or still live there or about interesting event that happened there.
When it comes to writing the fictional ones, the road is clear. But keep in mind that you need to write a concept and stories that can make you money, so they must be appealing to the public: popular or intriguing subjects/themes. Remember to write with that in mind.
During these steps, you are helped by an online platform where you are guided step-by-step and where you can save everything you write and research.
It’s called Creators Room and here’s where you can talk to the Questo team and other creators like you, to share thoughts and ideas, or just ask for feedback.
Writing a quest that makes you money
The most important attribute of the quest you write is the concept/theme.
As long as you attract the people with an intriguing subject, they will want to do your quest, and maybe even more created by you (your name or alias will be displayed in the app).
Closely connected to the concept/theme you write about is the location. If you attach a ‘detective penguin’ concept to a natural history museum, it’s more appealing.
If you want to write scary stories, you need to take people around old, abandoned buildings, and weird little roads.
And then there’s the story writing.
Your concept should translate into memorable stories, which make people say ‘I can’t believe this happened here’ or ‘It’s amazing what people used to do then’.
Keep these in mind and your quest will make you money long-term.
How much can you earn from writing a quest
For every quest you publish in the app you’ll an initial payment plus a future shared commission for each transaction (the quest will remain in the app indefinitely). For learning more about the payment, please write us at storyteller (at) questoapp.com
Your total earnings depend on the interest your concept attracts and the quest’s location. For more details about earnings, contact the Questo team at ‘explore at questoapp .com’.
Questo is available in 40 cities in Europe and soon all around the world
The app is now launched in 9 European countries, but is growing fast as it has creators from all the world working on publishing new quests.
In March, Questo won 3rd Product of the Day on Product Hunt and in 2018 it was awarded by Booking.com for the social impact it creates and it was named Best Travel App at eTravel Awards.
Where to start?
If you already have a quest in mind that you want to write, contact us at ‘storyteller (at) questoapp .com’ and we’ll get started.