09 Oct 10 8:27 pm
I, like many other post I have read, had great fear and writers block about writing articles.
First of all.........I made up my mind that no matter what.....I was going to do this.
After finding my niche, I did a lot of research. I do not know how many articles I have read on my niche yet each one helped me. I search and researched over and over again. It was not simply read and write. It was read, reread, take notes, more notes and then more review.
I learned to bookmark each and every site that I researched. Making folders on my bookmarks has been an excellent way to keep me organized. How many times at first, I did not do this and then was frantically lost or over-whelmed.
I have a legal pad that I take notes with. Doing this by hand seems to help me keep focused and the information seems to get into my brain better.
I've tried the "soft touch" writing style and it does work to some extent for me. I do stare at my mistakes until they bother me so much, I go back and correct them. This gives me also a "rest" for my brain and seems to also help me write more. So far, I am not able to sit down and write an article in one sitting. Yet, it is coming a bit easier with each article. Mark did not lie to us about this.
Was this simple? Heck no! Yet, every time I spend the time to do the work......I get results.
Each day, I alloted a specific time to research and writing. I unplugged the phone, if you still have a landline, turned the sound off the cell phone and didn't allow myself to get distracted. I also set the mood by having music playing in the background.
Now I find myself a bit fortunate in this for I do not work until later in the day so I could give myself 3 hours every morning, with a fresh and rested mind to do this. And it is a wonderment to me how fast those 3 hours can fly by when I am dedicated.
Yes, I've become frustrated. I've had to get up and walk away from my computer for a few minutes, even if it is just to get a refill on my coffee. Sometimes just that few minutes is just what I need.
After getting a article written, I print it out, reread it, take it around to my friends and family, have them read it and give me constructive feedback. Then I can come home and make any necessary adjustments.
Am not sure if this will help anyone. I wanted to give back to those that have given to me on this forum. In summary, I guess, for me at least, it all started with:
1. A committed decision
2. Time alloted
Here's to success!