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Article Marketing Success: 5 Tips For Writing On The Road
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Have you ever tried to write articles when you're traveling?

You might think that it’s too hard to write while you’re traveling, but I want to challenge you to think differently.

I think that being on the move, going to a different city or country, and having a schedule that isn’t totally in your control just might work to your advantage when it comes to writing articles.

I travel regularly–I live in the UK, but at least a few times a year I’ll travel to other parts of the world for business conferences. I also like to travel with my family while I’m working–a few years back we travelled through France, and Spain for a few months.

So, I know what it’s like not only to be on the move, but also to have a young family along with you!

Traveling and working might be a little disorienting at first, but you’ll adapt more quickly if you use the following tips:

  1. Embrace change. Many things will be out of your control, and it can drain your energy to try to get things to be under your control. Instead, relax. You may not know what the day will bring, you may be sleeping in a strange bed and not have your regular office set up, but don’t harp on it. Just accept it and use what you have.
  2. Be prepared. Keep a pad of paper and pencil on you at all times (sometimes it’s just not convenient to break out your laptop). That way, no matter where you are or what’s going on, you can jot down a few quick notes or some article ideas.
  3. Take the pressure off. It might be helpful to think in terms of coming up with article ideas and jotting down notes, perhaps making a first draft, rather than putting pressure on yourself to come up with a finished article. Writing a finished article requires focused concentration, and you just might not have that when you’re traveling.
  4. Take advantage of lags in your schedule, such as waiting in the airport for your plane, time spent flying on the plane (might take your mind off of what’s happening if you’re a nervous flyer!), evenings at the hotel, or breaks during meetings and conferences.
  5. Focus on the positive aspects of working away from home. Don’t try to force yourself to concentrate too hard–for many people being in unfamiliar surroundings is disorienting, and it can be hard to give your full concentration to writing when there are so many other variables to deal with. Just relax and do what you can. Try to have fun with it. When you’re out of your “normal” environment, you can also feel energized and inspired. That can lead to a rush of article ideas.

I think that if you approach it right, traveling can actually be a very productive writing time for you. It could be that you’ll be too busy to even bother with writing articles when you’re on the road, but my guess is that there will be down time when you’ll benefit from having something productive to do.

Imagine that your plane is late and you have to wait 3 extra hours at the airport. You could wait around fuming, Â but you could also say, “Okay, this isn’t how I wanted my day to go, but at least this gives me time to do some writing.”

You may be shocked at how prolific your mind is when you’re surrounded by chaos (I’m thinking of the airport situation). You may also be pleasantly surprised by how comforting it is to have something constructive and familiar to do in the evening at the hotel if you’re away from your family.

What about you–do ever try to write when you’re traveling?

Do you have any tips to add?


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4 Responses to “Article Marketing Success: 5 Tips For Writing On The Road”

  1. Nick says:

    Hi Steve,

    I too spend so much time driving to / from airports in the capacity of my day job as I specialise in airport transfers – http://www.theairportexpert.com.

    I find that talking to customers who are inthe car with me can be quite inspirational with ideas to write about e.g. one customer discussed with me how he uses the time to allow his mind to clear from the outside world so that he can manage his time more efficiently & so, cross more items off his to do list.

    Nick

  2. Hi, Steve,

    I really like this article “Article Marketing Success: 5 Tips For Writing On The Road.” I follow some of your ideas myself. In fact, I almost always have a small, pocket-sized notebook with the spiral binding at the top in one of my pockets. Two comments to add to this: 1) travel actually has the ability to wake us up to new ideas. Because we are out of our routine, which causes us to ignore things we see constantly, we are more likely to notice something new or different that can inspire us. 2) I find that listening to a podcast or downloaded teleseminar on my iPod or MP3 player can inspire ideas for topics.

    John

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