—how to write more—
Writing content is analogous to eating. It does for blogs what food does for the body. Failure to fuel the body with the right foods, will result in complications.
Your blog is your body and the content fed to it determines its longevity.
Once content is not produced consistently, you will never transition from a hobby blogger to a professional one. Professional bloggers earn from their astute and arduous work; content, in whatever form, is a vital aspect of the money-making process.
Writing more, for many, is a struggle and if you assume clientele work as I do, the drama doubles.
What can you do to learn how to write more? Organization. After changing my approach to content creation, I was impelled to write more. The process developed is short on perfection but has helped tremendously to get my voice out there.
How to Write More Articles for Your Blog
Make Use of Your Smartphone
You are not encouraged to source the latest iPhone; any smartphone (or tablet) will suffice.
A smartphone is dandy as it affords flexibility and mobility. You’re not confined to a chair, desk, or couch to write. Most bloggers get ideas when tending to routine activities of the day. A smartphone on-hand can be used to record those ideas as they come.
Writing more comes naturally when I am mobile. Seated, all day, at my desk equates to self-induced drudgery and I refuse to traverse that road. It is a satisfying feeling – I get more writing done without banging my head at the desk for ideas.
How to write more tip: While you create blog posts from your smartphone, it is not shrewd to edit there. I suggest transferring your files to a desktop or laptop for editing and proofreading. You can also use software like Grammarly to assist.
Brainstorm Content Ideas Before Writing
If you struggle with what to write about, brainstorm. It is not ethical to find a blogger in your niche and mimic everything they do like a bloodsucking leech. Get your creative juices going and come up with your own ideas.
Think about your niche from a reader’s perspective. What is it that they are interested in reading? You can use discovery tools such as Pinterest, Quora, Wikipedia, and Reddit to get ideas of what people are searching for. That takes us to the next step.
How to write more tip: While I do not condone copying the ideas or creative work of others, there is no harm done when you look around to get a feel of what others are doing.
Do Your Due Diligence – Keyword Research
Now that you have your title ideas down from the foregoing, it is time to get specific. When writing, your aim is to get people to find your work. That’s where keyword research takes the cake. If you are not covering the key terms people are searching for, your content will strike the air – no one will find it.
For keyword research to be effective, you cannot solely rely on a Google search to see what articles come up. There are keyword research tools available, but you will have to consider using them as an investment. Most do cost a pretty penny.
Google Keyword Planner, a free tool, once allowed keyword research and gave specific data that could aid with what you write about. However, unless you are running Google Ads, you will not get the data you want.
Ahrefs, an amazing keyword research tool, principally used by digital marketers, offers all the data you need and more. However, it is expensive. Their current plan starts at $99 per month. Ahrefs do offer a free trial (about 14 days of use). If you are inclined to, why not use the 14 days, and accumulate all the keywords you will need, until you can do better?
How to write more tip: Not up for paying so much for Ahrefs, especially if your blog is not bringing in any cheddar now? Jaaxy is an alternative keyword research tool you can use. The interface is interactive and simple to use. It comes without the marketing mumbo-jumbo, so if you are not looking to go that route, it is the ideal tool to use.
Use a Content or Editorial Calendar
It is seamless to prepare title ideas and later develop amnesia. It has happened to me.
Create a content or editorial calendar. It does not need to be fancy or elaborate. This will keep your ideas organized and when you are ready to write a killer blog post, you will already have titles or topics waiting to be written on – ones you can find when you need them. I have lost so many article ideas over the years because of not keeping track of them. Do not make that mistake.
How to write more tip: Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheet can be used to create a content or editorial calendar. To ensure you commence writing and see it through, add deadlines to your content calendar and work at getting your assigned articles done. When you have deadlines, you are more inclined to push to get things done.
- Set Micro and Macro Goals
That sure does sound confusing but it simply means setting small goals with the aim to achieving bigger ones. If you want to write at least five articles per week, what small (micro) goals would you need to tackle to hit that big (macro) goal?
Tackling a macro goal will seem daunting, but when you dissect and divide, you will find it easy to deal with.
How to write more tip: Write in increments. For example: If your goal is to write a thousand-word theme for the day, how many hours will you spend writing it? Do you find it daunting to sit at a computer writing a thousand-word paper? Write in increments. Could you write five hundred words in thirty minutes or less? If you write in three fifteen-minute increments during any given day, you might be surprised at the results. Choose what increments work best and run with it.
- Create A Writing Template for Analogous Posts
Is your blog niche-based or do you cover a plethora of topics as I do? Regardless, you can create and keep a template for analogous posts. This will accelerate the writing process. You will already have a format or outline from which to work with.
How to write more tip: “Writing the Five-Hundred-Word Theme” was a lifesaver. That book helped me to improve my writing skills and work from a template or format. It was a well-received gift from a friend while enrolled in high school.
- Limit Distractions and Interferences
Are you tempted to check your phone after a notifications chimes in? You have a problem! Be practical. If you are not expecting urgent calls turn off smart devices. Attending to a notification might lead to an endless scroll on your favourite social media platform.
Distractions and interferences are colossal impediments to writing more. When you set aside time to write, find a tranquil and well-ventilated space.
How to write more tip: If you are using your smartphone to write, shut your data or Wi-Fi off. This is where self-discipline comes to the fore. If you are not able to resist the urge to turn your smartphone data on, you have a problem, my friend.
Effective writing communicates your intended message without misinterpretation. To mature to that stage, you will have to make writing more a priority. With each new blog post, you are getting well-needed practice. If the suggestions mentioned in this article are helpful, let me know and share the article if you think others could benefit from its content.