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The Top 37 Writing Productivity Tips for Article Marketing Success
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Recently a reader came to me with this request:

My problem is that I have not been able to produce articles with regularity. Can you give me any tips to help bring my writing productivity up?

I responded by writing this post on learning to write articles consistently, but there was no way I could put all the information I have on writing productivity into one post.

As I thought about all the writing productivity tips I’ve offered on this blog, I thought it might be more helpful to give a comprehensive list of the best techniques. Well, it’s ready for you…

Here are 37 of my best writing productivity tips:

1 – Bounce your articles off of your blog content. (More on this here.)

2 – Decide on your topic, then take a nap. When you wake up from your nap your mind should be in a more relaxed state and it should be easier to write.There are also theories that napping stimulates creativity.

3 – Try working in spurts–write 5 articles a week for 5 weeks, then take a break for a couple months. The idea of the extended break and “getting the writing out of the way” may help give you the motivation to write.

4 – It’s okay not to be typing all the time–a lot of writing is spent just sitting and thinking.

5 – If you get stumped midway through your article, review your article from the beginning. It’s almost like taking a running start. If you back up and get your speed up again, it’s easier to keep going forward.

6 – Make a list of notes about your article topic and the points you want to cover. Use those notes as the outline for your article.

7 – Try writing first thing in the day, before you’ve had a chance to get distracted by other work. That’s also the time when your mind is most fresh.

8 – Write in the very early morning, between 6-8am. That’s when a lot of professional writers get their writing down. The quiet of the early morning will help you concentrate.

9 – Break your niche down into categories, sort of like a magazine is broken into recurring sub-topics that are covered every month. Then, have regular days when you write on each particular category. This helps you circumvent the “I don’t know what to write about” problem.

10 – Use EzineArticle.com’s title suggestion tool to help you brainstorm article topics and titles.

11 – Take the most frequently asked customer questions and create articles that answer the questions.

12 – Do 50 minute time boxing. Read more here

13 – Switch off your phone and email and get rid of as many distractions as you can when you’re writing.

14 – Try writing late at night, after everyone has gone to bed. Then go to sleep and when you wake up in the morning review and proofread what you’ve written the night before.

15 – Take your laptop outside on a pretty day–if you were in your office trying to work, you would just be thinking about how you wished your were outdoors anyway!

16 – Go to the library to work for a change of pace. The library is generally quiet and the other people there are absorbed in their own work. It’s a great alternative if you’re getting lonely working at home by yourself.

17 – Clean your desk. A cluttered work space is distracting and can make you feel like things are out of control. Take a few minutes to tidy up, and you’ll notice yourself feeling more calm and confident about writing.

18 – Create a secluded home office, one that you only use for work. A lot of professional writers will deliberately choose the most bare space in the house (a windowless garage, a closet, a small shed in the backyard) to avoid distractions.

19 – Set boundaries when working from home. Be sure that everyone in your house knows that when your office door is closed that you’re not to be disturbed unless it’s an emergency.

20 – Take a pad of paper with you when you go to places where you’ll be waiting–the dentist’s office, your son’s tennis practice, the Chinese restaurant when you’ve ordered take-out. Instead of just sitting there, take whatever time you have to work on writing ideas. You’ll be surprised at how much you can get done in 5-10 minutes.

21 – If you’re working in a noisy environment, create a sound barrier by wearing some headphones and listening to your favourite music as you write.

22 – Turn 1 article into 8–write a list article that has 7 tips. Then write an article that elaborates on each of the 7 tips. More on this here.

23 – If you are sick, tired, or just don’t feel like writing, try anyway. There are certain perks to writing when you’re not feeling up to par that may help you produce better content than when you’re feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed. More on this here.

24 – Do writing warm-up exercises before launching into writing.

25 – Easy article ideas: Write one article that gives an overview of your niche. Write one article that explains what someone in your occupations does (but do so in a non-promotional way). Write “A Beginner’s Guide To____” and the blank would be filled in with something having to do with your niche.

26 – Turn writing into a game. You’ve just put the casserole in the oven and you have 25 minutes before the buzzer rings. Challenge yourself to write as much as you can before dinner is ready!

27 – Give yourself rewards for extended writing sessions. If you’ve set aside Tuesday morning for writing, tell yourself that you’ll go out for lunch once the writing session is over. Having a reward to focus aids concentration and infuses your writing with energy and motivation.

28 – Write a list article. Here’s how…

29 – Write an article that teaches your reader how to do something. Here’s how…

30 – Use the “Dinner Party Reply” article template to help you generate a whole month’s worth of article ideas in one sitting.

31- Write an article chronicling the top mistakes that people in your field make. More on this here.

32 – Create a schedule of writing topics based on the seasons.

33 – Use one of these 6 title templates to generate your article title and topic.

34 – Write like a race horse rather than a work horse for a day… A work horse has daily work that needs to get done. The work is very helpful and necessary, but it is often repetitive and not that exciting. The race horse does bursts of work, and he enjoys the thrill of competition.  As a writer, you may spend most of your time in “work horse” mode, but sometimes you need a change of pace.

35 – Batch process your articles so that you can get several articles written in one sitting.

36 – Implementing a writing routine can help you transition into writing more easily.

37 – Create a monthly writing schedule–this is what I do and it helps!

Can you think of any other tips to add to these? Please share!


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