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Article Marketing Strategies: Will You Join My “Wake Up & Write!” Challenge?
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You may think that because I own the article submitter SubmitYourArticle.com and have been writing and submitting articles for almost a decade now that I have this writing thing “in the bag” and that it’s a pretty much non-issue for me.

Nothing can be further from the truth. I still get into ruts now and then (more frequently than I would like!), and I still need to figure out new ways to motivate myself to keep on top of my writing.

I think it’s safe to say that all writers, even those who are professionals, really work at writing. It would be deceiving to think that at some point writing just becomes easy, especially when you have definite goals for how much to write and what you’d like to accomplish with your writing.

In an effort to learn to be a better writer and to write more strategically, I’d like to ask you to join me in a personal experiment with early morning writing.

Why early morning writing?

I’ve noticed that many professional writers purposefully write early in the morning, and they do so far some good reasons:

  • Some studies have shown that creativity is at its highest early in the morning. (Other studies have indicated that sleep stimulates creativity.)
  • Environmental distractions are at a minimum early in the morning, as most people are still sleeping!
  • Personal distractions are also at a minimum–first thing in the morning we haven’t had the chance to get caught up in the dramas of the day. We’re basically starting with a clean slate–the morning is about the closest we’ll come to having peace and quiet in which to think.
  • Writing early in the morning really helps with the productivity strategy of “doing the hardest thing first”.

I have tried early morning writing before, but it was a long time ago and I stopped doing it for one reason or another. I remember that it was a positive experience though. I’d like to try it again, to see what difference it will make in my writing routine.

Believe me, this won’t be easy for me–it will definitely be a challenge. We’ll be starting this experiment on Monday, April 23, and we’ll do it for 4 weeks.

Will you join me in this?

You know it’s always more fun to do something new as group rather than on your own. Knowing that others are attempting the same thing may give us extra motivation to get out of bed!

Here are the terms of the experiment:

Duration: 4 weeks, starting Monday, April 23, 2012

What we’re doing: We’ll schedule writing days (can be every day or two days a week–whatever works for you), and on those writing days we’ll practice early morning writing.

How early is “early”? I guess it all depends, but I think it needs to be before your normal work day starts and before the activities of your household get going. It needs to be a time when there is peace and quiet in your house or office. I’ve heard that most professional writers start writing somewhere between 6am and 8:30am.

What we’ll be writing: Articles, of course!

How many? If you’re using an automatic article submitter such as SubmitYourArticle.com, I recommend submitting 8 articles a month for each website that you’re marketing. So, if you have one website, your goal is 8 articles. If you’re marketing two websites with article marketing, your goal is 16 (I’m great with math!).

Taking into consideration how many articles are your goal, you’ll then schedule writing days on your calendar to allow for the creation of those articles.

How long should each writing session be? I would think at least an hour, but you be the judge.

Here’s who this experiment might be suited for:

  • If you’re new to article writing, and you need some sort of structure to help you get in the habit of writing regularly.
  • If you’re a veteran who has written many articles but who would like a change of pace to give a little jolt to your writing experience.
  • If you’re in a rut or having writer’s block–it can help to switch up your routine.
  • Basically, anyone who is doing article marketing can benefit from trying new writing techniques!

Are You Up For This?

I hope so–I hope I’m not the only one doing this! Be sure to leave me a comment if you’re going to be participating.

Yes, I want you to “sign up” for this and make the commitment–you would sign up by just leaving a comment under this post. You can just write “I’m in” or something like that.

Again, we’ll be starting this experiment on Monday, April 23, 2012 and doing it for the span of one month.

At the end of that time, I want to hear how it went for you, and I’ll share how it went for me.

Over the next few posts I’ll give some tips for undertaking this challenge, so we’ll be ready to “Wake Up & Write!” on Monday, April 23!


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14 Responses to “Article Marketing Strategies: Will You Join My “Wake Up & Write!” Challenge?”

  1. Nigel says:

    Excellent idea! I have just started writing articles and on the surface it looks easy but it is not and this is the perfect way to get some focus. Thanks Steve

  2. I’m IN! I’ll have to start three days later, on April 26, but I’ll just tack on three more days in May. I’m committing to three days per week. Cool idea!

  3. Jayme Hunt says:

    I’m working toward getting my blog for my kids’ art trading site going. This sounds like an ideal opportunity to push that to the fore and get it done. :) I’m in!

  4. Candylei says:

    Everybody needs a challenge! You’ve challenged me and I’m accepting it with a competitive grin.

  5. I’m in Steve! I’m new to the world of article writing and info marketing but I’m loving it! Great email updates too by the way…always enjoy reading your stuff amigo. I guess my next step is to sign up for submit your article!

  6. Kira says:

    OK – I’m in – I need to do SOMETHING different so I might as well start here :)

  7. Sousa Hari says:

    I am definately in!!

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  9. Gail says:

    I’m going to join you. Knowing others are trying this will be very motivational!

  10. Dolores says:

    Would love to join you. I like the discipline of actually doing it as a priority for the day. Thanks!

  11. Patricia says:

    I think this sounds great. I have been wanting to structure my day so that I spend a specific portion on this type of task, another portion on another, etc. 2 hours writing most days (week days for sure) sounds perfect for what I want to do.

  12. Patrick says:

    I like to write, but I think not having structure negatively affects my productivity. Yes, I am IN. I need to develop the habit of professional writers.

  13. I’m In too. However I have to be at work at Six, which I rise at 4:30 am then leave the home at 5:15 so I must get up at 4 to get 30 minutes of writing in. So for this challenge I will go to bed a hour earlier at night.

  14. Debbie says:

    Want to be writing on a daily basis and hoping this exercise will provide the framework, structure, discipline, incentive, and inspiration to help me accomplish this goal.

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