If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve committed to writing and submitting 100 articles to Ezinearticles.com the last 100 days of the year. All articles will point in one way or another to this blog and help me grow readership and traffic. You can read the original post about my online article writing challenge here.
Since I’ve been doing this for about a week now, I thought I’d share a few tips and thoughts with you on writing an article a day.
How To Write An Article A Day
To be honest, the first week has been a bit of a challenge. I didn’t really prepare for this. My daughter mentioned there were 100 days left in 2009 and I decided to just commit to writing an article for each of those days. I kinda forgot about the fact that I was heading out of town for a blogging conference a few days later and had already committed to quite a bit of writing on one of my other websites as well. Then my daughter got sick, I caught a cold….
… but guess what? Stuff like this always happens. It’s called LIFE. The trick is to get it done anyway. Here’s how I did it.
Write First Thing In The Morning
Whenever possible I would sit down and write and submit an article first thing in the morning – usually even before I checked email. My brain was fresh and I could work out a topic and outline in my head while I was getting my daughter ready for school.
I write my best articles this way and it takes me the least amount of time. It also helps that it’s usually pretty quite around here in the mornings.
Don’t Go To Bed Until It’s Finished
Another strategy that worked some nights was to not allow myself to go to bed until I had an article written and finished. I recommend you use an easy format like a 7 tips article when you’re doing this.Â If you’re really tired, don’t submit the article that night. Read and edit as needed the next morning and then submit it.
Do Something – Anything To Get You Moving Forward
Then there were those days were I just couldn’t get an article written at all. There were a few days like that at the conference where I was so tired by the time I finally made it back to my room, I couldn’t think well enough to write. The same was true on the day my cold really kicked in. In both cases I sat down and did something, often just jotting down topics or writing a quick outline for an article. In one case I got the title and author resource box done before calling it quits.
Just having those small pieces in place helped me catch up later this week.
Get at least something done each day to move you in the right direction.
Even using all the tips above, I ended up getting about 3 articles behind rather quickly. I ended up digging out some of those article pieces and outlines I’d been working on and just sat down this morning and wrote and submitted a total of four articles. (Three to catch up and one for today).
Another option would have been to simply double up and write two articles for a few days. Pick whatever works forÂ you, but don’t let yourself get any further behind if you can help it.
And here are some things I’m implementing right now to make sure I don’t get behind in the future.
I’m Getting Organized
I have a folder on my laptop for this challenge with sub folders for topic ideas, work in process articles, finished articles and submitted articles.
I also followed Bridgett’s example (see her comment on the article writing challenge blog post) and am keeping a master document with all articles.
Do you ever have those days where the writing just flows and you can just keep going and going? I’m taking advantage of those days by writing as much as I can putting everything else on hold.
I’m also scheduling some “catch-up” time each week. If I don’t need those extra two hours to finish writing and submitting articles, I just do something fun I want to do (like read a book, get a pedicure etc.) Just the motivation of having that extra “free” time at the end of the week is keeping me motivated to not get behind.
Other than that I’m just doing a little something each day to make sure I stay ahead of the game. I come up with a few extra article topics, do some research, write some outlines etc. I don’t always write a whole extra article, but even those little things add up over time and if they cause me to write just one or two extra articles a week, that works for me.
I’m sure the head start will come in handy the next time life gets in the way and I get behind on my article writing.
P.S. Did you join us yet? There are still plenty of days left in the year and it’s never to late to commit to writing some more articles. Just read through the article writing challenge post and leave a comment to join in. Then come back and report on your progress.