When I have students interested in writing for a living - after advising them that they’re crazy and that crazy people are always the most interesting - I always recommend that they read three books:
I’ve given away a few dozens copies of these books over the years. I never go to a used book sale without searching for extra copies to store in my classroom closet.
Most students who want to write for a living understand the difficulties associated with this. Being a living-wage novelist requires a lot of hard work and even more luck. If it’s a career in journalism that interests them, well, they have to be willing to accept that mainstream journalism nowadays is something better suited for the National Enquirer.
Still, if they want to write, the advice that I always give is cliche, but no less effective: write and read every day.
There really isn’t any other way around it , at least if you want to be any good at it. Writing is hard work. Hard work takes practice. A lot of it.
Larry Bird used to take 1,000 shots every morning before his team’s practice ever even started - and he was a devoted student of the game. While it wasn’t required, he’d watch and study and take notes on game film as a means of improving his game.
Pardon the shoddy analogy, but for a writer, reading is like watching game film. Writing every day - on a blog, in a journal, or whatever means preferred - are those practice foul shots that help prepare a writer for the big game (i.e. being publishable).
Write. Read. Study. Let people you trust read over your work critically, feel bad about yourself for a day or two when they tell you what they don’t like, and then examine their advice. You’re either going to think your writing is an act of divine genius (it probably isn’t) or that it’s unbearably bad (it probably isn’t).
Still, consider their advice. They likely know better than you what works or doesn’t in your writing.
Whatever the case, read the books mentioned above. Take their advice or don’t. But read them. Then keep reading and keep writing and stop looking to the internet for inspiration. Most of us are as lost and confused as everyone else.