Most people who do article marketing are not professional writers--they're mostly business owners who have a website that they're marketing. In order to do article marketing, they need to write and submit articles on a regular basis, and for people who aren't used to doing that (which is most people) writing can be a challenge.
I always think that it's best to look to the experts to learn the very best way to do things. Professional writers have been honing their craft for a long time, and they've had time to experiment with different writing routines and figure out what works for them.
I find it interesting that many professional writers find that their most productive writing time is in the early morning. They tend to choose to write in the early morning for several good reasons (and these reasons could apply to all of us):
*Your mind is well-rested.
*Many people say that creativity is at its peak in the morning.
*It is a time before the demands of the day can grab hold of you. If you start writing before opening emails or trying to work on other projects, you're less likely to get distracted. Your mind can concentrate on just writing articles.
*The early morning is also a time when distractions from other people are at a minimum--most other people will still be sleeping!
If you don't have an effective writing routine in place, why not try adopting some of the practices of professional writers and start by doing your writing in the early morning?
Here are some tips for becoming an early morning writer:
1 - Plan ahead.
What time will you wake up in the morning? Set your alarm before that time, and then go to bed earlier the night before.
By planning ahead an giving yourself some extra rest the night before, you'll be more willing to wake up earlier when morning rolls around.
2 - Determine what you'll write about ahead of time.
Don't wait until you sit down at your desk in the morning. It's just plain discouraging to have to face a blank page and have the pressure of coming up with a writing topic. If you know you have that in store for you, you'll be much more likely to procrastinate and sleep in.
The day before your writing session, take a few minutes to write down some potential topics. Settle on one and jot down some points to cover in the article. You're creating a basic outline that will help you get started writing in the morning.
Also, if you need to do any research for your article, do that ahead of time too. When you sit down to write in the morning, you don't want to have to go on the internet searching for things. Your morning writing session is just for writing, so plan ahead.
3 - Create a little ritual that you'll do before sitting down to write.
Anytime you write it's great to transition your mind into writing mode. Especially if you're just coming out of sleep, you'll want to have a few simple tasks that you do that will warm you up to the task of writing.
Your mini-ritual could be as simple as having some coffee and eating breakfast. You may feel like adding in a quick shower to help you wake up.
4 - On the morning of your writing day, sit at your desk and immediately work on writing.
Don't open your email or check Twitter. Don't go on the internet at all, or else you'll likely get distracted. Instead, open up your word processing document and just work on writing.
5 - Give yourself something to look forward to.
Waking up early and working on writing is probably not your idea of fun. You may need some incentive to help you change your writing habits. A simple reward like going out for a latte after your writing session is over may be that extra little motivation that you need.
Adopting new habits is not easy--waking up can be the hardest part of the day sometimes! But when you think about the benefits you'll receive and that feeling of satisfaction that you'll get from accomplishing the task of writing first thing in the day, it can motivate you to be willing to change.
If you've been feeling sluggish in your writing or if you have been having a hard time finding the time to write, why not do a little experiment for the next couple weeks where you wake up early to write? You can use the tips in this article to help you make the transition. Who knows--you just might agree with professional writers who say that the early morning is the best time to write.
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