Struggling With Content

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Does anyone have any tips or advice for those that struggle to write content sometimes? I try to follow a set schedule to write but sometimes it's still tough.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lynn Terry
    I am a creative by nature, so I prefer to write when the inspiration strikes. And if I can't, I draft a post with the idea and/or jot it down in Evernote. Capture every idea you can, otherwise you'll lose it!

    My favorite tip:

    Imagine someone called you on the phone and asked you a question. Now write as if you were answering that question for that one person. Write as freely as you talk.

    I like forums for content ideas for this same reason. Look at the questions. You can write the equivalent of 10 blog posts just answering questions in forums! Use those questions for inspiration - then go answer them in a blog post the same way you would on a forum.

    Using that method helps you write in a more personable style too, which builds a better readership.

    HTH!
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    • Profile picture of the author KateD
      Originally Posted by Lynn Terry View Post

      Imagine someone called you on the phone and asked you a question. Now write as if you were answering that question for that one person. Write as freely as you talk.
      Great tip! I do this too when I get stuck on writing some content. I realized how powerful this was when my sister asked me what "keyword research" was? I sent her a long, detailed email about it (as I did it freelance keyword research for years).

      Before sending off the email, I re-read it quickly (I tend to make a number of mistakes "getting things out", and always try to double-check my writing) and realized that I had just written some valuable info that could benefit others.

      My aha moment!


      I don't do it with every kind of writing, but you'd be surprised at how effective it can be. Even in writing erotica, sometimes the stories start out as emails to friends.

      I believe that as writers, we tend to overthink the process to the point of paralysis. Whatever the topic of the content that you need to create, pick a person that you think would most benefit from it (or who would at least be interested in hearing about it), and then start writing. Even if you can't use the content for your writing, it should get your "writing muscles" warmed up enough to complete the project.

      Best wishes,

      KateD
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    • Profile picture of the author amwarner
      Originally Posted by Lynn Terry View Post

      I am a creative by nature, so I prefer to write when the inspiration strikes. And if I can't, I draft a post with the idea and/or jot it down in Evernote. Capture every idea you can, otherwise you'll lose it!

      My favorite tip:

      Imagine someone called you on the phone and asked you a question. Now write as if you were answering that question for that one person. Write as freely as you talk.

      I like forums for content ideas for this same reason. Look at the questions. You can write the equivalent of 10 blog posts just answering questions in forums! Use those questions for inspiration - then go answer them in a blog post the same way you would on a forum.

      Using that method helps you write in a more personable style too, which builds a better readership.

      HTH!
      Those are some great suggestions, I heard of Evernote but never actually tried it. Regardless, thanks for your advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
    I'm not quite clear on what you are asking.

    Are you asking how not to procrastinate?

    How to stay on task?

    How to get over writer's block?

    How to get motivated?

    There will be different advice for each and every one of those things, so if you could be more specific, perhaps you can get some solid tips to help you.

    Terra
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

      I'm not quite clear on what you are asking?

      Are you asking how not to procrastinate?

      How to stay on task?

      How to get over writer's block?

      How to get motivated?

      There will be different advice for each and every one of those things, so if you could be more specific, perhaps you can get some solid tips to help you.

      Terra
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

        Many of the world's best writers did not feel like writing but just disciplined themselves to sit down and make a habit of writing. Be one of them
        Solid advice!

        I find that when it's time to write and I'm struggling for that first sentence or paragraph to take shape or form, I grab a magazine and start writing a story using everything the magazine ads are about in order.

        The "in order" gets me disciplined and writing the story gets my creative juices flowing and gets me in the zone. Once that happens, I'll throw in the topic I'm supposed to be writing about and away I go, lol!

        Hey, it works for me.

        Terra
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    • Profile picture of the author amwarner
      Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

      I'm not quite clear on what you are asking.

      Are you asking how not to procrastinate?

      How to stay on task?

      How to get over writer's block?

      How to get motivated?

      There will be different advice for each and every one of those things, so if you could be more specific, perhaps you can get some solid tips to help you.

      Terra
      Writers block has never been an issue for me.

      My biggest problems are staying on task and procrastination. For instance, I try and write content for my weekly newsletter well before I plan to release it, however, I find myself scrambling to write content for it a day before I plan to release it ... if not that SAME day.

      And it's not that I'm wasting time doing nothing, I'm doing other tasks to help my website but I struggle to keep on track to write.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by amwarner View Post

        Writers block has never been an issue for me.

        My biggest problems are staying on task and procrastination. For instance, I try and write content for my weekly newsletter well before I plan to release it, however, I find myself scrambling to write content for it a day before I plan to release it ... if not that SAME day.

        And it's not that I'm wasting time doing nothing, I'm doing other tasks to help my website but I struggle to keep on track to write.
        Okay, what I would do personally in that situation is the next time I sat down to write for my weekly publication, I wouldn't stop at just the one letter. Since I was doing the writing now anyway, I would write several more.

        That way I would have some "in stock", lol, and it really wouldn't matter if I waited until the day before or the day of, the next time. What I wrote that day would go into the stock.

        Just don't ever think that you don't have to write any given week due to your stock or you'll find yourself in the same situation before too long.

        Terra
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by amwarner View Post

        Writers block has never been an issue for me.

        My biggest problems are staying on task and procrastination. For instance, I try and write content for my weekly newsletter well before I plan to release it, however, I find myself scrambling to write content for it a day before I plan to release it ... if not that SAME day.

        And it's not that I'm wasting time doing nothing, I'm doing other tasks to help my website but I struggle to keep on track to write.
        From this, it sounds more like mixed priorities than procrastination. Unless there is something about writing your newsletter that bothers/scares/worries you, and you do these other tasks to justify not working on the newsletter.

        Find the source of the resistance and you are more than halfway to resolving the issue.
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        • Profile picture of the author amwarner
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          From this, it sounds more like mixed priorities than procrastination. Unless there is something about writing your newsletter that bothers/scares/worries you, and you do these other tasks to justify not working on the newsletter.

          Find the source of the resistance and you are more than halfway to resolving the issue.
          The thing is also, I'm listening to marketing interviews, attending webinars, reading other blogs/websites and other things that would potentially help my website/business as well. I know that writing content is important but I also need to do these things to better my website.
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  • Join a writing challenge! Several writers are holding one right now here at the warrior forums. You can see it in the link below. It has really helped keep a lot of us motivated to get things written, even if we don't 100% fee like it.

    I forget which writer it was that said this, but it was a famous one (paraphrased): "I only write when I feel inspired, I make it my job to always feel inspired every morning at 9AM"

    http://www.warriorforum.com/member-c...er-2013-a.html
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    • Profile picture of the author amwarner
      Originally Posted by Michael Levanduski View Post

      Join a writing challenge! Several writers are holding one right now here at the warrior forums. You can see it in the link below. It has really helped keep a lot of us motivated to get things written, even if we don't 100% fee like it.

      I forget which writer it was that said this, but it was a famous one (paraphrased): "I only write when I feel inspired, I make it my job to always feel inspired every morning at 9AM"

      http://www.warriorforum.com/member-c...er-2013-a.html
      Thanks. I heard about these types of groups. Possibly something that I need to do to stop that procrastination.
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      • Profile picture of the author amwarner
        Another question then. When you write content, do you work on more than one at a time?

        For example, I listened to an interview by a writer one time that when he gets stuck writing on one topic, he starts to write another topic as well and comes back to that topic later.

        That's something I adopted and probably is the biggest cause of my struggles. I would work on 5 different posts at once and it takes me a long while to come back around to the original thing I wrote. And then what happens is that I get burned out by the amount of writing and don't write for a few days.
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  • Profile picture of the author KateD
    Finicky writers, right?


    It is a challenge to talk about writing for income to people who aren't writers. Fiction writing specifically.

    Writers have to create something "engaging" out of thin air. This is incredibly easy when you are "inspired." But when the inspiration isn't there, it's hard to create. Create something worth reading, anyway.

    Writers are word magicians. Fo' sho'!

    KateD
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    --->I can also write other fiction (horror, romance, mystery, etc). Just ask me, I don't bite. :)
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I have been using google drive a lot but evernote looks pretty good :-)

    Also using plr is a great way for inspiration ;-) I am slightly biassed though :-)

    Danny
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    • Profile picture of the author KateD
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post


      Also using plr is a great way for inspiration ;-) I am slightly biassed though :-)

      Danny
      I get that you want to promote your PLR business, but how can using private label rights be a "great way" for inspiring writing?

      Especially with Kindle, which does NOT want anything to do with PLR.

      Come on, Danny Boy. That just doesn't make sense. Or cents.

      KateD
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      --->I can also write other fiction (horror, romance, mystery, etc). Just ask me, I don't bite. :)
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      • Profile picture of the author Lynn Terry
        I use PLR for inspiration sometimes, but usually do a pretty good rewrite. I really love the various content/article templates for jogging ideas though!
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      • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
        Originally Posted by KateD View Post

        I get that you want to promote your PLR business, but how can using private label rights be a "great way" for inspiring writing?

        Especially with Kindle, which does NOT want anything to do with PLR.

        Come on, Danny Boy. That just doesn't make sense. Or cents.

        KateD
        So if you want to create content.... simply looking at plr material gives you a basis to write content...

        Anybody can create good content off the back of using PLR :-)

        Danny
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by amwarner View Post

          The thing is also, I'm listening to marketing interviews, attending webinars, reading other blogs/websites and other things that would potentially help my website/business as well. I know that writing content is important but I also need to do these things to better my website.
          If you are trying to do all of those things WHILE you write, stop it. Multi-tasking may work for some people in doing routine things (filling out forms, etc.), it's darn near impossible to do two or more creative things (like writing and paying attention to a webinar) at the same time. One or the other will dominate your attention.

          Serial tasking is more effective, but it requires compartmentalizing your focus on just the task at hand. Set yourself a specific block of time to do nothing but write, say 25-30 minutes, and spend that time just writing. Then give yourself another block of time, say the length of one interview, and do nothing but listen to that interview. Make sure you give yourself short breaks between tasks to allow your mind to shift gears and recuperate.

          I've read interviews with multiple former US presidents, and the one thing they all credit for allowing them to accomplish so much in a day is the ability to compartmentalize.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrgoe
    Originally Posted by amwarner View Post

    Does anyone have any tips or advice for those that struggle to write content sometimes? I try to follow a set schedule to write but sometimes it's still tough.
    If you`re talking about multiple websites on multiple niches, I`d sugest you hire a professional writter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Buy Articles
    PLR articles can provide a good foundation when you start to write. You want to check the facts that are in the article, just to make sure. Nevertheless, PLR articles are a good place to start when you need some ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
    You can always curate content rather than come up with something yourself. Find something interesting and hot on google news, then add your own perspective to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geri Richmond
    Hi,
    Write about what you would like to know. If you are unclear about a procedure in Internet Marketing and want to know all about it, then research it and start writing. If there are terms you don't understand, that's a post in itself.

    Good luck and don't despair. There is information all around us.
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  • Profile picture of the author whland
    When I ran a blog a few years ago. I too struggled to write content. I always had writers block so I feel your pain.

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    • Profile picture of the author dnovacek
      1) I totally agree with the recommendation on Evernote. Love, love, love it and use it often every day.

      2) For some people, using PLR as a 'base' often works out. You can take a good piece of PLR, change up the title, check any stats or facts, and then rewrite it in your own voice. (It's easier than it sounds!)

      Of course, I may be considered a little prejudiced, since I do sell PLR.

      3) Last month I participated in a 30 day blog challenge with Natalie Sisson of The Suitcase Entrepreneur.

      I made it my first priority when I got up in the morning, and after the first week I started to find myself WANTING to work on that day's post! So I DEFINITELY recommend jumping on board with a good challenge.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by A7OM1973 View Post


      When the passion is there, you do not need any "moment" or "zone" to jumpstart things off.
      I have to respectively disagree with you there. Are you aware of how many famous authors have suffered from writer's block at one time or another? Here are just a few:

      Stephen King
      Ray Bradbury
      Philip Pullman
      Mark Twain
      John Steinbeck
      Laurence Sterne
      Barbara Kingsolver
      Ernest Hemingway

      I'm quite confident that these writers have/had a passion for writing, it is/was their livelihood after all.

      To make a broad statement that anyone that has passion for writing doesn't need find the "zone" to write is rather naive in my opinion. Sorry.

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author Lynn Terry
    Not every piece of content you write has to be a thousand word essay. Sometimes a simple paragraph or two, maybe 300 words minimum, will suffice to share something interesting or to get a simple point across.

    This works particularly well with blogs or email newsletters, and can be mixed in between your longer meatier types of content. It's helpful when you need to write in a hurry, and still gives your readers something new and interesting to check out.

    If I'm in a real hurry, I'll simply pick an interesting video to share from YouTube and add a paragraph or two about what's in the video and why I think they should watch it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lynn Terry
    Lists are very popular and make for very easy content.

    Tip: To find ideas for lists, try adding the word "best" or "top" to your main keyword when you're doing keyword research. For example, if your website or blog is all about software you could type best software or top software into your favorite keyword tool.

    This will tell you exactly what type of lists your readers want to see most, such as: top 10 antivirus software products, top video editing software, best dvd burning software, best photo editing software, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author summerdayz
    Read, read and read. Look for inspiration and sit down to write on a topic. Stay disciplined!
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  • Profile picture of the author pilaruk
    Concentrate on quality rather than quantity.
    Do write when you are inspired, when you have something good to offer that would help your readers to solve a problem they may face.
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  • Profile picture of the author Beatinest
    Go for a walk or drive to clear out your head and try again. Take something withi you for notes just in case an idea pops up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Trinity Wescott
      I like to do it in two phases. A heavy brainstorming phase, and a writing phase.
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      • Profile picture of the author mizesean
        Originally Posted by Trinity Wescott View Post

        I like to do it in two phases. A heavy brainstorming phase, and a writing phase.
        Yes, I recommend phases if you are struggling with this -

        you can write 100 topics in one sitting, then in another start writing intro paragraphs, then in another sitting write out the 3 main points for each article, then in another sitting fill in the details for the main points.

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  • Profile picture of the author FrankRumbauskas
    Lots of replies, haven't read them all, but here's my .02:

    People marvel at how much content I write - brand new mailings/blog posts at least 3x/week. The answer is simple:

    I read a lot, and when I'm in the car, I frequently listen to audiobooks. Reading a ton gives me TONS of ideas for content writing! When I'm reading I text the ideas to myself as they come to me, and in the car I use the voice memos app on iPhone.

    Hint: The best material is business how-to and inspirational, like Napoleon Hill, Dan Kennedy, and others like Felix Dennis, etc. I have more texts to myself with ideas for content than I can write 3x/week
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  • Profile picture of the author Stumickel
    I think you first need to set up your mind that you love writing content; if you are not in love with it you cannot do that. You should spend everyday few minutes to write your content. But make sure that you proofread your article after finishing it or tell some one else to read it. This is something you need to do in any case, however on the grounds that your written work is less organized you have to verify that you compose content that is still intelligible. This one tip alone can effectively bring about no less than one more blog entry each and every day. Recollect to dependably benefit as much as possible from your time, its the most significant holding you have!
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