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Unread 15th December 2011, 11:26 PM   #51
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Nothing in this world is flawless, not even you or your articles, senor. We are talking articles, not thesis papers here.
Articles, like the sorts available from {pick your favorite authority site}, are typically filled with visual goodies and references. And I guarantee you most of the 5-paragraph 'essays' you see floating around the internet are what established writers call, "notes." But I'm not immune - I have plenty of "notes" on my site which, consequently, weren't written in 20 minutes either!

In fact, the day I publish something in 20 minutes -- and call it an article -- is the day I start submitting to article directories.
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It takes hours for me to write a 1000 word article coz I'm aiming for a high quality article.

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It takes me hours to write a GOOD 1000 word article and then add on more time to proof read it. Tried quick methods but they just don't work for me.

For high quality it would probably take longer, but that's what we should be aiming for if we want quality results from our articles.
Same for me. I can fill the page with over 1000 words in 15-20 minutes if I know well about the subject. But it is the editing and proofreading that takes time. I keep making changes till I'm convinced and that sometimes does take hours.
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I'd say about 30-40 minutes if I am writing on a subject that I know very well... at least one hour if I need to do a little research and it could take a few hours if I am completely new to the subject...

Mind that English is my 5th language so sometimes my brain blocks for a few moments translating a phrase to a few different languages, lol.

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I think it's a good idea to focus on quality no matter how long, the quality will speak for itself with long term interest, long after the shorter articles have been made redundant
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They're taking significantly longer than 1/2 hour though, and I think I might end up spending maybe 3-4 hours on a good article of that length.
This took me a little over two hours from idea to completion:

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Now, granted, fiction is not an article. But if your research is done, and you're just setting fingers to keyboard to get the words out of your head and into the world, you should be able to get 1,000 words out in about an hour.

Most people aren't really done with their research when they sit down to write, and they try to multitask it in. They'll start writing about (say) the history of Ayurvedic yoga, and realise they don't actually know it. So they stop writing and go research, then come back and realise they still don't know very much, and go research some more. That's where most of the time comes from.

But if your research is done, and you just write, you can pump out a lot of content pretty quickly.

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It takes me all day to write a 1000 word article because when it's done, it's flawless -- complete with illustrations, charts, and references. What the hell can 20 minutes or even an hour accomplish?! Give me a break!
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When do you get time to write articles in between slagging off article writers on this forum? :rolleyes:

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For me, there's not just the research but also the pre-thinking process. I'm also not the world's fastest typist.... (though I just took some time out for a quick typing test, and scored 73 words/minute, but then I was copying off something that was already there).

And if I were to type at my "top speed" I'd be exhausted and have a cramp in my wrists well before the article is done. Not worth it.

Articles take varying times, and it's hard to pin down exactly how long they take me since some of the work is done intermittently and I've never actually used a stopwatch to time the whole process.

Depending on topic, they can take anywhere from a bit over an hour (if I know the topic extremely well and have it all laid out in my brain) to a couple of hours. Often it takes longer, sometimes much longer.

I also tend to go for quality, and find that it doesn't pay to skimp in that area.

Which is why I rarely write articles for hire these days except for people who appreciate the quality they get, i.e., that I can take their information and create articles for them in their voice.

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It depends on the topic for me.

With my PLR I tend to front load all of my research to make the act of writing much easier. I take things a little further than most in that I will buy a book or two on the subject and take extensive notes while reading that will serve as my taking points for later articles. I can then take this list of talking points and write something good in probably 30minutes to an hour for the act of writing the article.

The act of research, however, is the part that eats a lot of time. I figure I can read 200 or so pages a day easily (more if I had to.) Books serve me better than web research as it is MUCH easier to avoid distraction. Amazon makes this cost pretty nominal as I buy 3-4 books at once to get free shipping.

So the first article really takes me about 9 hours. The remaining make this number go down.
Same thing with me. Research is the biggie. The actual writing is only a very small part of the whole article creation process. I can physically write 1,000 words in under an hour but the other activities (keyword research, topic research, sourcing images, quotes, videos etc) adds a lot of extra time on.

If it's a brand new topic that I've never covered before and I'm going to be giving it the full works (multiple images, videos, quotes etc) then we are talking the best part of a day. The one below took me around 9 or 10 hours to research, write and publish and this is the first post in that style I have done for the blog. It's actually 2,892 words but I would say to write a similar 1,000 word article would probably still take me 8 or 9 hours. I wouldn't have had to do any less research and information gathering - just write less words:

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However, if it's something I've covered previously and know quite well I can probably get the whole article created and published within 2 hours. This one is 875 words and took around 2 hours:

7 Benefits Of Jogging During The Festive Period | Free Fitness Tips

Interest in the topic and time of day also have an effect. I am interested in the overall topic of health and fitness but reading up on the side effects of overdosing on lutein is not my idea of fun . Additionally, if it's my last article of the day I'm not quite as efficient as I was at the start of the day.

I would struggle to get an article created and published in anything less than 2 hours from start to finish though. I post an image with all my articles so finding, downloading and compressing a relevant image takes around 10 minutes. Keyword research then takes another 10 minutes minimum. Even if it's a topic I'm familiar with, brushing up on it and referring back to other articles as I write is probably another 20 minutes. Writing 1,000 words probably takes me 40 minutes on a good day. Then formatting for Wordpress, adding keywords to the post, scheduling etc is probably another 20 minutes.

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That sucks - the part about you not being able to find writers that get your work syndicated as much as you're able to do yourself. I personally don't like writing so I was hoping you'd say otherwise.

Maybe we should do like myob and hire writers that could take days to finish an article. I bet a lot of time and care was put in there. I wonder how much that would cost
I did once find a writer that got the articles syndicated but she disappeared on me. I try different writers out and in varying price brackets - not just cheapos! I get results but obviously I'd like more. I do like writing sometimes but it's finding real time to concentrate. Yes I am planning to try one of the higher end services soon, I suspect it will be worth it. I've always thought that one really good article can do more for my business than 5 good articles.
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If one "knows" a topic very well, why is it so hard to believe that they could write a GOOD 1,000+ word article in 15-20 minutes? It's entirely possible to produce volume that intersects with quality.

Now, I'll give you this...I can't sustain over a 24 hour day of non-stop production. It just isn't going to happen, and I admit that. I still don't think doing a GOOD 1,000+ word article, in that time, is that far fetched.

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Articles, like the sorts available from {pick your favorite authority site}, are typically filled with visual goodies and references. And I guarantee you most of the 5-paragraph 'essays' you see floating around the internet are what established writers call, "notes." But I'm not immune - I have plenty of "notes" on my site which, consequently, weren't written in 20 minutes either!

In fact, the day I publish something in 20 minutes -- and call it an article -- is the day I start submitting to article directories.

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As others have said, it varies with each writer. Some days I reel one off in an hour and sometimes it takes much longer. It helps if you write a point form outline of the piece first and then fill it in -- start from a high level then drill down. One other bit of advice I would give is to make sure you always read your articles out loud when proofing them. That's the best way to review not just grammar, but flow and logic too.

If you are using WordPress, I've found the "After the Deadline" plugin to be very helpful as a writer's tool. It doesn't just check spelling, it also does a very good job on the more subtle grammar mistakes we are prone to.

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If one "knows" a topic very well, why is it so hard to believe that they could write a GOOD 1,000+ word article in 15-20 minutes? It's entirely possible to produce volume that intersects with quality.

Now, I'll give you this...I can't sustain over a 24 hour day of non-stop production. It just isn't going to happen, and I admit that. I still don't think doing a GOOD 1,000+ word article, in that time, is that far fetched.
Well I'm from the Midwest, and that means I gotta see it to believe it. If you can upload a YouTube video of yourself writing a GOOD 1,000+ word article in 15-20 minutes, demonstrating that it can, indeed, be done, I'll give you a soldier's salute!
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Articles, like the sorts available from {pick your favorite authority site}, are typically filled with visual goodies and references. And I guarantee you most of the 5-paragraph 'essays' you see floating around the internet are what established writers call, "notes." But I'm not immune - I have plenty of "notes" on my site which, consequently, weren't written in 20 minutes either!

In fact, the day I publish something in 20 minutes -- and call it an article -- is the day I start submitting to article directories.
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It would really depend on how fast you type and most especially how well you know the subject matter. Structuring the contents from introduction down to your main points, and the ending would not be that easy but if you love what you'll like to write then go with it. Considering your audiences will also be good. At the end it doesn't matter how fast you are but how many people will be able to learn and educate from your article. Also, I got this feeling your good at this (twinks).

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Hi Dave,

When do you get time to write articles in between slagging off article writers on this forum? :rolleyes:
Richard, he doesn't write articles. He creates awesomeness that we mere mortals simple can not comprehend. His words are perfect and he is obviously the authority on this subject. You and I are nothing... we are little men... little men, he's, he's a great man. We should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas...

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And I guarantee you most of the 5-paragraph 'essays' you see floating around the internet are what established writers call, "notes."
No, that's what professional writers call the "deliverable."

If I sit down and make a chart, that is not writing.

If I place that chart within my article to provide visual aid, that is also not writing.

If I flow the text around it in a pleasing fashion, guess what? Still not writing.

When you syndicate my article, you'll put it on your own site and fit it into the visual design you'd like to have there. You'll put your own charts, photos, and whatever the hell else on it. I'm a writer, not a designer, so it's not my damn job to do that.

It is not my job, as a writer, to do anything except write. Fonts and colours and margins and pull-quotes and diagrams and stock photography and whatever other crap you want to do for your readers?

Not my problem.

Now, you might want to get all sanctimonious about this, and huff around about how you're just a higher quality writer... but if I delivered what you're talking about to a real publication that hired professional writers? I would probably not get hired again.

All that stuff you're talking about isn't my job for a reason: they've got someone else to do it. Someone who is, funnily enough, a visual design professional - and probably a whole hell of a lot better at their job than I am, because I am not a designer. I am a writer. They didn't ask their designer to write the article, and they're not asking me to design it.

Professionals do not just deliver professional quality. They also stay the hell out of other people's jobs.

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Very interesting discussion!

In answer to OP's question - a decent 1,000 word article, from idea to completion will take me a little over an hour (maybe some more).

I have some structures in mind that I tend to use, but sometimes it does get a little confusing. Also, English is not my first language (but then I have spent eons in England, and have a British accent), so I like to think I can write well.

For me, research takes the most time, followed by editing (I type at 60-70 wpm with good accuracy, so just flesh writing would takes 15-20 mins, give or take). Its not that I make mistakes, more like I can dramatically improve the quality of a piece after reading (I am actually more of a editor than writer!), which I do.

I have heard of people writing a 500 word article in 12 minutes or so, can't imagine doing that! Maybe its just me...
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The method I use to churn out 1000+ articles for traffic and backlinks is "Professional Paraphrasing!" I simply hook up Dragon NS and find a high quality article which is relevant to my niche and paraphrase paragraph by paragraph. I can chur out a great article like this in 1/2 hour.

Now if I am guest blogging on a high traffic website I will research and put out an original piece for sure, but for churning good content the above method works great. One thing I have learned is that working smart will let me be much more productive!

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Would take me a year and a day. That's why I outsource that stuff.
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Do you warriors write as slow as me and is it worth it (time investment wise) or should I be working faster?
I find that if I'm simply typing up some notes for myself on a specific technique someone has explained or notes on a WSO that I've bought, I can easily write several pages in 15 minutes or so (I have plenty of "notes" files that are 20+ pages that took me no time at all to write up). However, I tend to write obscenely slow when writing articles, particularly if the article is something I have no personal interest in.

Should you be working faster? I don't know. I suppose it depends on how good the article is and how much it earns you. If it takes you three days to write an article but it reads like Hemingway wrote it and it earns you $10,000/year then I would say it was worth the three days it took to get it down. If, on the other hand, you crank one out and it takes you three days but earns you $10/year then I'd say you're not working fast enough.

Also, follow Andrew Jacobsen's advice and use Dragon Naturally Speaking. I haven't personally tried it but most people speak at about 100 - 150 words/minute but type at about 60 - 80 words/minute, I would guess, so you'll save quite a bit of time doing it that way.
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It takes me several hours to write an article. So I outsource that part. If you can afford to, I recommend you outsource that part of it and just do the parts you are good at. If you don't have much to spend, you can always use fiverr or iwriter for $2 to $5 for a article. You might have to rewrite parts of them, they're spun articles, most of the time, so some times they don't make sense. But I have also gotten articles from them that are good and don't need anything done to them.

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It depends. If time is the factor, then 45 min. If quality is the factor, then three hours.
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It takes me about 1 hour for the basic template.

If I want to write one, out of this world...

... I'll let you know when I write one, lol.

TBH, the out of the world one is what I want to start concentrating on. For that reason, I know what other people mean when they say you can't write the best article you can in 30 minutes.

Sure, you can write a great article in 30 minutes. Maybe you can even get it syndicated to dozens of sites, but the fact of the matter is, no-one can write their best article in 30 minutes.

Nothing, most people write from "out of thin air" will be their best. It will take some serious brainstorming to craft it into something wonderful.

To get the best you can, it can't be the first thing that pops up in that amazing 80wpm speed you all have.

Great article = 30 mins (for good, fast writers)

Out of this world = longer

What do you need to do? Well that depends on it's purpose.
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as i stated very early on in this thread, i dont think the 30 minute professional article is impossible, but i dont believe it is the norm either.

not many writers typically go from "hey i am going to write an article about (insert topic) to a fully completed (ready to syndicate) article in 30 minutes.

maybe it has a happened a few times, but there is no way that is the norm. those posts should have the "results not typical disclaimer"
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I don't write much to be honest but I do write occasionally. The time it'd take me to write a 1000 word article would depend entirely on the topic I'm writing. An obscure topic, for example, would be difficult to write on because collecting information would be time intensive.

Even if I know a topic very well, it's tough to come up with articles that are 1,000 word long, or more. You need to have an outline in mind and for the article to read well, you need the entire idea to flow well. The longer the article, the greater the chances of the writer losing the attention of the reader (if the article isn't written well). It is very easy to lose your grip over the article and the way it flows, too, as the length increases.

I'd say it'd take about 2-3 hours (more, actually) for me to come up with a 1,000 word article that keeps the reader hooked. If I have to just put words together, it'd take less than 20 minutes. However, then it'd just be some sort of a word compilation, not really an article that will serve the purpose that you're trying to serve.
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For me it can range anywhere from 40 minutes to 5 hours depending on how much I Know about the subject matter and what my overall goals & intent are. Once I know my overall goals, my target audience and know what I'm trying to convey, I'll then look for a template or model I can use for the basis of my outline. Having templates & systems for the research & writing process make a world of difference.

Personally, I've been working on an effective research process for about 2 years now. I'm a stickler for quality & delivering value so my ability to do solid research quickly is crucial. As for writing templates, I've built up a nice library of those. Many of my template are in mind map format so its easy for me to put everything together chunk by chunk as I conduct my research.

However the past few months I've started using Scrivner a bit. If you do a lot of writing you owe it to your self to check it out. It's originally for MAC, but is now available on windows. It works kind of like the old school method of using postcard for research chunks. It's a great tool for all kinds of writing. Non fiction, novels, sales copy, etc.

Heres a link (no affiliation, just a fan) - Literature and Latte - Scrivener

Lastly, if anyone is looking for a good resource on creating writing templates, check out Content Catalyst by Roger C Parker.

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Edit - Quick tip, if you chunk things down and construct things in mind map format you can easily create spin off content for re-purposing. For example, I could take a chunk of content from a single node on my mind map, re-frame the content in the form of a question and BAM I got a nice useful blog post, tweet, etc.

Hope this helps.

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Writing doesn't take me too long, say 30 minutes with Dragon. But it's the research that can take time, especially if I'm writing something high quality.

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No, that's what professional writers call the "deliverable."

If I sit down and make a chart, that is not writing.

If I place that chart within my article to provide visual aid, that is also not writing.

If I flow the text around it in a pleasing fashion, guess what? Still not writing.

When you syndicate my article, you'll put it on your own site and fit it into the visual design you'd like to have there. You'll put your own charts, photos, and whatever the hell else on it. I'm a writer, not a designer, so it's not my damn job to do that.

It is not my job, as a writer, to do anything except write. Fonts and colours and margins and pull-quotes and diagrams and stock photography and whatever other crap you want to do for your readers?

Not my problem.

Now, you might want to get all sanctimonious about this, and huff around about how you're just a higher quality writer... but if I delivered what you're talking about to a real publication that hired professional writers? I would probably not get hired again.

All that stuff you're talking about isn't my job for a reason: they've got someone else to do it. Someone who is, funnily enough, a visual design professional - and probably a whole hell of a lot better at their job than I am, because I am not a designer. I am a writer. They didn't ask their designer to write the article, and they're not asking me to design it.

Professionals do not just deliver professional quality. They also stay the hell out of other people's jobs.
Um, I was talking about articles I write for my own use - not articles that are whored out for advertising clicks.
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As the editor of a high-quality content writing service working with pros, I can tell you; it takes my best writers between 20 minutes and 3 hours per 1000w+ quality piece, on average.

Of course, as mentioned above, it really depends on several factors. The amount, and type, of research ultimately play a big role in how long a decent 1000-worder will take you.

As you probably already know, churning out quality content is no easy task, especially if you need stacks of it, but if you've got a good writing system in place, it certainly becomes a whole lot easier.

This is the system I personally use when writing a decent article:
  • I choose a topic (3 min)
  • I decide on the angle and conclusion (5 min)
  • I pick a great title (Important) (3 min)
  • I do the necessary research and jot down key points (15 min -2 hours depending)
  • I write the article (one that lives up to the title) (30 min - 1 hour)
  • I correct spelling and grammar (5 min)
  • I 'save' and come back later (30 minutes or so)
  • I proofread and edit if necessary (5-10 min)
That's like 3.5 hours for a great piece normally, and I take a 'stand up' break every 20 min or so.


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Depending on your budget, how much content you need, and how specialized the content should be, you might be better off hiring someone to do the hard work for you. Keep in mind that time is money.


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Um, I was talking about articles I write for my own use - not articles that are whored out for advertising clicks.
And I was talking about articles written by professional writers for clients who pay them.

Acting all superior because you make articles YOU think are awesome to put on YOUR site is just masturbatory. Talk to me when you get paid upwards of $100 for a 1,000 word article that goes on someone else's site.

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Darklock,

Since your on a thread about writing, and without trying to lick your bum, lol, your writing style stood out to me since I joined WF. In fact, your posts were the ONLY ones I thought stood out.

Not because of the great content (which I'm not saying they didn't have), but I really like your "flow." It just seems quality.

I've been reading your blog and your flow seems to stand out.

Personally, I hate reading stuff that seems so "over edited", with so much commas and ****, but your stuff seems to just bypass that stuff and still make sense.

Well done, and I hope others can learn.

Not from all the vulgar swearing, though :p.
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A GOOD article will require a lot of research...for example, if I was writing 1,000 words on auto insurance in the state of California I would research all the applicable laws, etc...I would then narrow my research down and write the article on the most important ones.

This can take an hour or so just for the research. I can generally produce the actual article in about 25-30 minutes.

This is how long it takes me for a GOOD article...If I just need to throw something together with minimal research I can usually get it done in about 30-35 minutes....
Geez, and all those lawyer guys on TV wasted all those years on stuff like law school and bar exams and continuing education... :rolleyes:

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Some PLR articles are okay if they haven't been used anywhere else because you want original and relevant content with no grammar errors. I can type pretty fast so it would take me about 30 to 45 minutes for right a quality 1,000-word article.

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Well, interesting discussion all around.

Unless your writing itself is your earning source (freelancing),
most content only generates revenue depending upon how
many people READ your article - and then ACT on it.

By far the BIGGEST part of article marketing is the
"marketing".

The best written, formatted and designed article will
do squat for you - unless someone reads it.

Which is why, regardless how nice it might be to write
a 1,000 word article over a full day or week, reality
is that it would require a LOT more time and effort to
spread word about it to your target audience.

Where's that time going to come from?

Learning to write quality content - fast - isn't just a
nice 'extra'. It's quite necessary, which is why it
helps to write around your passion and expertise.

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And I was talking about articles written by professional writers for clients who pay them.

Acting all superior because you make articles YOU think are awesome to put on YOUR site is just masturbatory. Talk to me when you get paid upwards of $100 for a 1,000 word article that goes on someone else's site.
$100 For a 1,000 words?!? (Did I read that right?!?)

That's peanuts! I've been paid far more than that... for less. And I'm certainly not the only one! :confused: :confused:
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Not to mention tremors that'll make it harder to write/type any more articles :p

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$100 For a 1,000 words?!? (Did I read that right?!?)

That's peanuts! I've been paid far more than that... for less. And I'm certainly not the only one! :confused: :confused:


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I can write two 2500 word, good quality (I think) articles in a day, maybe for two or three days at a time, but then I go totally blank and may not be able to write any more for a week, does anyone else suffer this writers block problem?

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It varies for me. Sometimes I can crank out a long article in a few hours and sometimes it takes me days. It partly depends on how well I know the topic and also how excited I am to write about it.

Like a lot of things the more you do it the better and faster you get at doing it. My first couple of long articles would take me a week or more and lots of stress but now its much easier and I really enjoy the process.


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I can suffer from the same inability to write for a while (which is why I charge a hell of a lot more than $100 for long content). But for me, it's not writer's block. It's more of a needed downtime. My brain simply needs to rest. And lately, I've found myself craving a bit of stupid television just to stop it from calculating, re-calculating, and then calculating stuff over and over. Seth McFarlane's foo is working pretty darn well so far for that.

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It's not the actual writing that takes that long, it's the research and organization up front. If you spend the time to pull all your facts together and organize your thoughts into a clear outline, it can take as little as 30 minutes to write a 1,000 word article. Then I like to let it sit overnight and go back to it the next day. Sometimes, what seemed brilliant at the time looks mundane the next day. Time for a little editing.

If you already are familiar with your subject, you may just be taking longer to write the article because you haven't organized your thoughts clearly in advance.

Another tactic you can use to write faster is to try free writing. Even if you have a good outline you can get stuck. If this happens, open up a notepad and just start writing whatever comes into your head. Put a timer on for 10 minutes and keep writing, even if it's 'blah, blah, blah'. Your brain will kick in at some point and you might come up with some really great stuff. I learned about this technique in Ed Dale's 30 day challenge.

Just using a timer for any writing is a help. Work expands to fit the amount of time you have. If you give yourself a "time budget" for each part of your article writing, you'll be much more efficient. For example, you could give yourself 10 minutes to do some keyword research to come up with a good long-tail keyword for the article. Then give yourself 20 minutes to do some research for facts and interesting quotes or ideas. Then another 15 to 30 minutes to outline your article. Finally, leave about 1 hour to write the article. That's just a really rough guide and totally depends on your topic and how complicated it is.

I really wouldn't worry too much about word count. It's not the length of an article that dictates its quality. It's the gems of information that people get out of it. I've gotten some great tips from a short list of ideas someone wrote in 200 words vs. absolutely nothing from a 3,000 word essay.

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How long?

about 2 hours with the research and pictures....

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About 2 hours if its a topic I'm not interest in.

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How much time or effort you spend on writing an article of that length isn't important. The important thing is that you get what you set out to achieve. As long as you are happy with your work and the results it generates then it is worth it. When I sit down to write an article the one thing I focus on is getting it right.
Think of article writing like building a house. If your structure is not done properly or you use bad materials or if you rush the construction then your house isn't going to last too long. Take your time and do it right and it will serve you well for years.

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Think of article writing like building a house. If your structure is not done properly or you use bad materials or if you rush the construction then your house isn't going to last too long. Take your time and do it right and it will serve you well for years.
Lovely analogy.

Reminded me of the "3 Little Pigs".

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I can suffer from the same inability to write for a while (which is why I charge a hell of a lot more than $100 for long content). But for me, it's not writer's block. It's more of a needed downtime. My brain simply needs to rest. And lately, I've found myself craving a bit of stupid television just to stop it from calculating, re-calculating, and then calculating stuff over and over. Seth McFarlane's foo is working pretty darn well so far for that.

I don't just write. I create.

More than $100 per article? Hmmm I can see some mileage in it at those rates

I have to say I admire people who can bang stuff out day in day out, without stopping to draw breath, I think I would get a block and starve.

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