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Article Marketing Tips: 7 Tips For Writing Like A Professional Writer
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I’ve already told you about a few common habits of  professional writers–they tend to write in the morning and work in quiet and secluded areas. Next week we’ll be starting our “Wake Up & Write!” challenge where we work on implementing the early morning writing part.

Here are a few more tips of professional writers that you’ll find useful. These tips come from a research project I found at the blog Study Hacks where they compiled all sorts of data from a group of professional non-fiction writers.

1 – Don’t try to do all of your writing in one day. Instead, spread it out over several days.

I’ve tried all sorts of approaches to writing, and one was doing a marathon session where I wrote (or tried to write) 8 articles in one day. After trying to do a bunch of writing in one day, I most wholeheartedly agree with the advice to spread work out.

It’s just plain common sense really–your work is of higher quality when your mind is fresh, so for any given article it helps to come at it “fresh” multiple times. This is what many professional writers do.

2 – Do your writing early–really early.

This is the tip that we’re applying to next week’s Wake Up & Write! challenge. We’ll be getting up before most of the people in our neighborhoods and sitting at our calm and quiet (hopefully!) work spaces to get some writing done.

3 – Implement a pre-writing ritual.

It’s hard to go from being in a dream state to being totally awake and ready to create something. You need some sort of transition, some way to get yourself in the right mindset for writing.

Because it’s the morning and our bodies will probably try to talk us into going back to bed, it might be a good idea to include coffee or tea as part of your morning ritual. If you’re hungry early in the morning, you might grab a light breakfast. I noticed that several of the professional writers in the study included reading the morning paper.

Really, anything that is quick and will help you transition into writing is perfect for a mini pre-writing ritual. Don’t spend too much time on the ritual though!

4 – Write in a quiet and removed location.

Your house is probably at its’ quietest early in the morning before everyone else has awakened. The writers in the study went to extreme lengths to ensure that they would not be disturbed and would not be distracted by anything human or technological.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Unplug or turn off your phone
  • Don’t get on the internet.
  • Don’t open your email.
  • Don’t write in a location where you’ll be easily distracted. For example, a room with a television in it might be tempting, and temptation is distracting. A desk that has your bills laying on it is definitely distracting. Some of the professional writers even tried to avoid working near a window.

5 – Decide your writing topic ahead of time and do any necessary research the day before your writing session.

Each day when you start your writing session, review the pages that you’ve already written. That will help refresh your mind to your topic and get you ready to write again.

6 – Have a time limit for your writing session–at least one hour, but no more than three.

Decide how long you’ll write, and then when you reach your limit, force yourself to stop. You may think you’re on a roll and you want to keep on writing, but it may work to your advantage to stop while you’ve still got something left to write.

I forget where I read this or who it was about (Hemingway? Stephen King? I think it was one of those two…), but whoever it was had a strategy to stop writing while he still had more to write. Instead of completing a paragraph or page, he would deliberately call it quits for the day midstream.

The strategy behind this is that when he starts writing the next day, he has something to pick up on from the previous day, which makes starting a new day of writing easier.

7 – Do these tips regularly, rather than switching to a more free form approach to writing.

It really takes making these tips a habit to see the full benefits. Resist the urge to write other times than your morning writing sessions. Try to consistently write in quiet, isolated places (or at least try not to write in noisy public places).

Alright, I think we’re ready for next week. The Wake Up & Write! challenge starts on Monday, April 23.

What are you hoping to gain by undertaking this challenge?

I’m hoping to re-energize my writing routine and also be more strategic in my writing process. What about you?

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