There are many nuances to writing. Writing is a skill that requires hard work. You must have a game plan to succeed as a writer. In fact, you must have a game plan to succeed at anything in life. In this article, I want to encourage you to do 10 things to ensure that you become a consistent writer, producing good quality content.
1. Affirm to yourself that you are a writer
The right mindset is the foundational thing in order to be a good writer. This is absolutely the truth.
You need to be clear in your mind that you are a writer. You must see yourself as a writer in order to become one.
Earl Nightingale said in his message, “The Strangest Secret” that whatever a man thinks all day long so will he become.
If you think of yourself as a writer all day long, you will become a writer.
As a first step, you need to start visualizing yourself as a quality writer.
Close your eyes and see yourself writing, publishing, promoting, having your own copyright on articles, becoming famous as a recognized author, getting awards and accolades, respect from family, friends and relatives and finally teaching others how to write well. Even your kids will start liking you more once you do all this as they will have a link to your writing profile to show to their friends.
2. Have a monthly content plan
I learned this from experienced writers. To be a consistent writer, having a monthly content plan is vital.
You must have the basic structure first and then you can build on it.
You can use applications to plan your content or just use a plain old diary or journal.
Write down all the topics that you want to write about in your journal.
At this point of time, don’t worry about how to write the whole article. You just need the topics now.
Later on it will become easy to write the articles because you are clear about the topic.
3. Set up daily and weekly goals
Once you have developed your monthly content plan, break it down into weekly and daily goals.
This is one of the secrets of writing consistently.
The big and mighty oceans are made up of tiny little drops of water. It is the same with writing. You can write throughout the year if you have daily plans.
So go ahead and write your weekly and daily plans.
4. Discipline yourself to write daily
Once the planning is done, it is time to take action.
If you keep on planning without executing your plans, nothing is going to happen.
You have to get down to writing. It is the hard part, agreed. But it is also the most necessary part.
You need to get out of your comfort zone and start writing.
Once you get in the flow, the words will just start pouring out.
It is just like talking, only it is talking with your mind.
Writing can be described as 20% inspiration and 80% perspiration.
Of course, with the passage of time, the process of writing will become easy.
But you have to work hard in the initial stages until it becomes a habit.
5. Note down content ideas as soon you get them
Ideas will keep coming to your mind all the time. But if you do not write them down somewhere, you will lose them.
Thus, it is important to note down these ideas in a journal or on applications like Evernote.
6. Create outlines and then write the actual article
Now that you have the topics ready in your planner, the next step is to create an outline.
If you want to write listicles, make a list of 7, 10, 15 or 21 points.
These numbers work very well to get traffic for some strange reason.
Odd numbers in the titles are very well received by the online audience.
After the outline is done, fill it out with good quality content that will add a lot of value to the readers. Write with the target audience in mind.
7. Keep honing your writing skills
Keep on writing and polishing your writing skills. Learn new words and improve your grammar.
Take some free or paid courses to improve your writing.
Ask questions to experienced writers and learn from them.
Never stop learning, no matter how much you know already.
The greatest writers are lifetime learners.
8. Network with other writers
You need to understand the power of networking with other writers.
This will expand your horizon and broaden your perspective.
You will learn and be able to add value to other budding writers as well.
When like-minded people come together, there is a dynamic that is released.
Writers motivate one another and challenge one another to do better.
You will get updates about the latest trends and news in the writing industry, as you connect with other writers.
You can build your own brand in the writing community.
You can get business in your niche through other writers.
You can see that there are multiple benefits of networking with other writers.
9. Don’t wait till you are perfect
Nobody is perfect, and that includes writers.
We are all aiming for perfection but we will learn only from our mistakes.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes but expect to commit them.
You will learn your greatest lessons not from your success but from your failures.
Embrace your failures and treat them as your best friends.
They will become your ladder to success.
You will make a lot of mistakes in the beginning of your writing career. But you will learn to do better as you go.
You will hone your skills and polish the art of writing through experience and setbacks.
There are no shortcuts. That’s just the way it is. Accept it and you are well on your way to becoming an acclaimed writer.
10. Motivate yourself to write daily
We all need motivation from time to time. It encourages us to do better, to work harder and to succeed faster.
Listen to motivational speeches as often as you can. They will pump you up for more productive actions.
I make it a point to listen to motivational messages daily. This helps me so much to be consistent as a writer. Motivational messages have the power to actually bring about changes in our brains. They rewire our brains to change our habits and actions. This is the game plan that I follow, which has enabled me to write more than 80 articles in the last 3 months. I hope that these suggestions will add much value to your life as a writer.
Written by: Nitin Khaire, Certified Life Fulfillment Coach
Edited by: Rajinder Soni, CEO Digital Writopreneurs Hub
Photographs and captions inserted by Rajinder Soni
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