Whether you are writing to earn money, record memoirs or to motivate, your success depends on how much you can write within a given period. This is the universal truth that applies to all writers, from bloggers to professors putting down their thesis. Here are some exercises that’ll help you write more in less time.
Get The Best Out Of Your Peak Hours
1. Identify Your Peak
What is your peak writing time during the day? Early morning, before the world wakes, or late at night?
2. Put It To The Test
Tackle two tough projects, one during your regular hours and one during your peak. You’ll notice that you’re more inspired, motivated, quicker and full of ideas during your peak time.
3. Protect Your Peak Time
Don’t allow any other activity during your peak time. This can mean some amount of activity juggling, cutting off regular commitments for that hour and so on.
4. Put Aside Tough Projects For Your Peak Hours
Get the best out of your peak hours by doing your toughest posts during this time, such as those that need you to delve deep within yourself.
A Step-By-Step Process To Motivated Writing
5. Know The Purpose Behind Your Article
Knowing exactly why you blog and whom you want to benefit will create a certain amount of urgency in you to address your reader’s need.
6. Identify The Change You Want To Create
What change do you desire in your reader after reading your article? Understanding the exact change you desire will help you write the solutions easily.
7. What Will Be The Consequences Of Not Helping Your Readers Make The Change?
If you’ve noticed a need with your audience, as their trusted SME, it’s your duty to fulfill it. If you don’t do it, someone else will. Nothing can motivate a blogger more than this one fact.
Create An Article Outline
8. Create Numbered Headings
In a new document, create numbered, named headings for all the following paragraphs. Create subheadings if you need to. This creates an outline of the article you want to write.
9. Fill In The Blanks
All you do then is just fill in the blank headers and sub-headers with the information that should go in there. don’t worry about your sentence structure and other things at this point. Just take a few minutes to push your thoughts out into the blank headers.
10. First Paragraph
Start your article with your understanding of the reasons why your article is needed. Don’t sound patronizing; rather, put your thoughts across in a simple, honest and appealing manner.
11. Second Paragraph
Articulate the change that you want in your readers after they read your article. This will help your readers to know what they will gain from your effort.
12. Third Paragraph
Help your readers identify with the change you’re helping them make, whether it’s in terms of saving time, reducing expenses, increased or additional revenues, weight loss, more customers and so on.
13. Fourth Paragraph
Identify the necessary steps that your readers must take in order to achieve the goal you’ve already outlined.
14. Last Paragraph: Conclusion
Again, articulate the audience’s need, and summarize your content in a few short sentences. Refer to your numbered points as detailed above to do this. Don’t waste your time writing long, verbose conclusions that no one has the time to read.
Fine Tune Your Article
15. Save And Review
Save your article, sit back and review it. Is the article flowing well so far? Is it in line with the change you want to make to your reader’s lives? You will make changes here and there, but with greater confidence, since now your article is pretty much in shape.
16. Simplify The Text
Check for missing words, complex sentences, long words that you can break down and passive verb constructions. These constructions are hard for people to read, so tone it down.
17. Check Grammar And Spelling
Your word processing software will do most of this for you, but don’t forget to check grammar and spelling at least twice before submit your post.
18. Provide A Call To Action
At the end of your article, write what you want your audience to do next. Do you want them to check out your e-book on the subject, or look up a product on your affiliate site? Mention it.
19. Use The Right Tools
Get yourself fast word processing software such as MS Word, a tool to save online reference materials, tools to limit distractions and so on. Get a text expansion tool if you’re going to use templates or repetitive text.
20. Use A Speech To Text Software
If your typing speed is not up to the mark, get a speech-to-text software such as Dragon Natural Speaking. If you find it easier to just speak your thoughts out and then edit your article, this will do the trick for you.