I Know I'm The Only One That Struggles to Write Content
That is said with lots of sarcasm! :)
It seems like a new blog post is posted on WA every few minutes. Some members here are extremely prolific when it comes to producing content. One Ambassador has been a member for two years and has over 640 post on WA. Another member, who is in the top 50, has been here less than four years has over 1,800 posts! This is only what they have produce for Wealthy Affiliate, it doesn't count what they've done on their websites.
"Writing is like a sport - You only get better if you practice." - Rick Riordan
A 1,700 Word Post in 15 Minutes
Why can some people sit down and pump out a post in less than an hour while it takes days for someone else to create a post of the same length? At the end of May, Leoemery posted that it took him just over 11 minutes to create a 1,788 word post. Leo is a fan of Dragon, a speech recognition software. Yes, he can talk faster than he can type, but he still had that whole post thought out so he could dictate it. That's impressive. Now I get that Leo has been doing this for a long time. Writing, like anything, gets easier as you do it on a consistent basis.
Be a Master…
On my search of "how to write content", I came across MozMary's post, The How-toWrite-Content Battle: Let Me Entertain You!. I had two takeaways from this.
Continue to learn. Although Mary has been doing this for a while, she still takes classes to learn and hone her craft.
Learn everything you can about what you want to write about. Don't copy from someone else. Learn it and put it in your own words.
I love doing things to improve. I've been listening to self-improvement books for years. I consistently take webinars and go to live events on a wide variety of topics in order to better myself. So I really connected with the premise of continuing to learn. It doesn't matter how much you think you know, there's always something to learn.
…at What You Do
The goal is to be a master in your niche. This seems obvious and Kyle hammers that point home in the training. Do your research when you are writing a post. Don't just copy from other articles and piece it all together. Make it your own. Understand it inside and out.
I've been in a funk and haven't been writing…at all! Not a good thing. I have a habit of doing something until it's perfect. In some cases this is a good thing. But, I'm discovering, not when it comes to writing. Thinking that everything I write has to be perfect is immobilizing me. I don't even begin.
My goal for the day was to write something that I know about and to write it quickly. I'm a little slow on the quick part. :) I wanted to write something that I had a great grasp of and wouldn't over think what I was writing as I was writing it. Does that make sense? I wanted to be confident in what I was doing so I didn't pick it apart until it was perfect.
A Great Example
As I said, I'm a huge fan of self-improvement books. The Five Second Rule is one of the ones I've listened to lately. I found Mel Robbins on YouTube. She's extremely dynamic and fun to listened to. I really enjoyed the book on Audible. Since I had a great feel for the subject matter I thought it would be perfect for a review.
The first thing I did was to check WA to see if anyone has done a review on it yet. And there it was, The 5 Second Rule by Kaju(jetrbby80316). Go ahead and click on it, it's a great read.
Kaju nailed. He did a great job of explaining the 5 Second Rule and the premise behind it. His explanations and examples clearly demonstrated that he knew his subject material inside and out. It was in his words.
It's Time to Take Action
So, thanks for letting me practice. :) I have set writing goals for each day to practice my sport of writing. I'm doing writing exercises just to write. This is working for me. Writing content for my website isn't so intimidating as it was in the beginning. The more I write, the more comfortable and faster I am becoming with getting my ideas and thought out there.
To all of you WA veterans out there, have you ever struggled to write content? What have you done to combat your struggles?