I promise you that if you constantly work on your writing, it will be much better. You don’t need a giant bag of tricks. You need some simple skills, routines, and practices that you review over and over again.
If one word describes my writing, it is simple. I don’t get cute at all. I get to the point.
The point that I am trying to make here?
You have some simple and disciplined actions, away from exploding your writing career.
And if you don’t do these things, you’re just disturbing and suffering for no reason.
In this post, I will be explicit. If you do these three things yourself for the next 90 days, you will see a dramatic increase in your skills.
Skill number one requires that 99% of writers avoid
It is painfully obvious to me that most future writers do not practice headlines. They are so bad. If you spent 90 days writing ten headlines a day, you would instantly be between 5% and 10% of all bloggers on planet Earth. Easily
My advice Do exactly that. 10 headlines a day. It takes 10 minutes. I do this daily for five years. Do this even if your ideas are bad, especially if they are bad.
Being good at writing headlines not only helps you create more engaging word strings for people to click on your articles, but it also creates better article periods.
- Good headlines make a promise: therefore, you write a check that must be paid in cash. Writing quality headlines pressures you to create quality content.
- This promise helps create the content you will write about. Most aspiring writers “don’t know what to write about.” Having a title ready to be released in advance solves this problem.
- Good headlines keep you in tune with what people want. By creating great headlines, you take the focus off, allowing you to write in an empathetic way that attracts more readers.
Headlines are the definition of the 80/20 rule when it comes to becoming a world-class writer.
I promise that if you don’t learn to write good headlines, you will never have a career as a blogger. Never So do it.
Don’t build a house without a plan
If you’re having a hard time constantly creating quality content, I think you don’t take the time to plan your articles before writing.
You just sit on a blank canvas and start writing. I’m laughing at this strategy right now, literally. Obviously, you’ll have trouble trying to write if you do it this way unless you’re a true natural.
Although I have the ability to write articles from scratch using an intuitive process, I sketch and have an idea of what I want to write before I sit down to write.
Here is a simple process that you can use:
- Mind map: brainstorm big and small bubbles for subtopics
- Outline: Organize these thoughts into a physical document. A simple test structure has three main points and three subpoints for each main point, sandwiched between an introduction and a conclusion.
- Extras: So far, you can search for quotes that you will use in each section to add additional flavor or specific sources that you want to cite and link to, as needed to get a clear idea of what you are going to write about.
Ask yourself this simple question
Most aspiring writers suffer from the exact same problem. They cannot see outside of their own work. They are self-centered.
How do you solve this?
Ask yourself a simple question after completing a draft of your blog post:
Why would anyone, aside from you, want to read this article?
It is funny. As a reader, you are very fickle. It does not tolerate low-quality writing. You wouldn’t take the time of your day to read something that hasn’t educated, entertained, or inspired you.
If you read texts similar to the ones you usually write, idiosyncratic personal stories from your life, I would not like to read them.
Writing is similar to starting a business. Many entrepreneurs fall into the same trap.
They are picky and discerning when it comes to buying products, but suddenly, when they have a product for sale, they expect everyone to buy it for the sole reason that they created it.
Are you suffering from the illusion that people should read your writing just because you wrote it? You have to fix this if you want to be successful.
In the best possible way, try to use an impartial lens and judge your own writing as if it were someone else.
Writing is not so difficult … You are making it difficult
I am deeply frustrated to see aspiring writers go their own way.
They don’t want to follow the simple steps necessary to improve. They prefer to complain about and surround themselves with other failed writers.
I never joined a group of writers specifically because most writers are full of shit and don’t want to do the job. Why would I surround myself with people like that?
Leave these Facebook groups and just write, trust me.
Do not participate in promotional pyramid schemes where everyone supports each other.
Go and get some real fans who like your stuff.
You are not disciplined. That’s the problem.
If you just practiced headlines, wrote articles, published them, and stopped being so self-centered with this “build and they will come” mentality, you are on the right track.
I honestly don’t know what else to say.
Practice and win or keep fighting, spin the wheels, complain, and get nowhere.
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