Thursday, August 23, 2012
Something amazing happens when you commit to writing on a schedule; Not only do you work a muscle that was previously weak, but you begin to develop your own unique process to writing.
When you know you have to have SOMETHING written on such and such date, you soon find out that you are going to have to develop a system for creating content on a regular basis.
If you don't, you'll be sitting in front of the computer and staring at it for hours every week trying to think of something to write.
On a schedule, you get a feel for what works best for your writing style and how the
process works for you.
You may even decide to start writing content ahead of time. If you do this, I still suggest that you write on your schedule. Don't get lazy and say, “I'm not going to write this week because I already have 2 articles that I can use.”
That's fine once in awhile, but you're not really helping your muscle if you make it a habit. Write some content ahead of time for those “just in case” moments, but write them on top of your regular writing schedule.
Challenge: Set a weekly deadline for your blog writing or article writing and meet that deadline every week.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Writing on a schedule is like developing a strong muscle. You need to work it, even when you don't feel like it. Eventually, it will get easier to do and will become a habit.
If you want to reach your goals in writing, you need to go to the “gym” on a regular basis and work out those writing muscles!
Why you should write on a schedule.
Lots of people can write. If you can write, good for you, but not a lot of people can write on a consistent basis. Why do you think so many people start a personal blog and write a few posts and get tired of it?
Don't get me wrong, I'm guilty of that. I still do that! I have a personal blog that never gets written on, but I write consistently for a few sites each week.
It sucked at first. I started out very excited about my new writing gigs and then I went through a period where I wanted to give up. My writing muscles were tired!
I kept at it, and I realized that sitting down to write every week was starting to get easier. I developed a process that I could execute each time I needed to write an article. I am at the point where I can use this process for anything I write: articles, blog posts, and products.
If you plan on writing for a blog, you need to work this muscle. If you want to be able to write for publications or need to meet deadlines, you need this!
Tip: The more often you write on your blog, the more often google will crawl your site, which is a great thing for SEO and traffic generation!
If you can discipline yourself to write on a schedule, you'll put yourself ahead of so many other content creators and writers.
You're readers will also appreciate consistency. How much more do you want to visit a person's blog or open their emails if you know they will have fresh and interesting content on a weekly basis?
Make it a habit for your audience to check in with you for new content!