Did you know that in 30 minutes you can post an article?
This is how I do it…
I have taken up a 50-day challenge of writing 25 articles. It is clear that there is a gain in writing daily. In this time of constant distraction, social media craze and busy schedules, how does one find the time to write an article. You may be able to spend 1 hour today, but 1 hour daily for the next year? It is one hell of a commitment to make, particularly with a full-time job.
You can eat an elephant only one bite at a time. Start small with the aim of writing 300-word articles. The frequency depends on you but try a daily one. It is possible.
1 – Understand the bigger purpose.
You first would have to set your ‘why’: your reason for writing. Are you going to share your life?Are you going to talk about your job? Your travel experiences? It doesn’t matter if there are travel blogs already on the internet. Your opinion matters and is equally important.
2 – For a start have a target number of words for an article.
Starting with 300 words is great. In fact, 300 is the recommended word count for a blog article. It would take a maximum of 3 minutes for an average person to read the entire article which anyone can spare when they travel/relax/surf the internet.
3 – Read a lot more than you write.
The easiest way to consistently write is to read a lot. The next bite of the elephant would be by starting reading other blogs. I started off with Flipboard. Choose the tags you are interested in, and the app fetches the articles for you. Then move on by subscribing to newsletters. The next bite would be to read books.
4 – Idea to Article in 30 minutes
You now know what should be done, but how do you execute it? An idea may pop up when you are standing crushed in the metro, or when you are pooping (This is the time when most of my blog ideas come)
Converting the idea to the article is what matters. This is how I do it.
2 minutes – Jot down a rough heading (1 to 6 words). You don’t have to break your head to get the right words now. After you do this, in 2 lines write what you want to convey through this article.
For example “The Importance of Writing Daily – How to achieve it” – Need to convey the message on how important daily writing can be and how I do it, not necessarily how to do it
The heading and the two lines written on top of the document/page makes sure you don’t deviate from the purpose. But some people write the article first and then fix a heading. That is also possible, but till you get the knack of writing, I would recommend the former.
10 minutes – Now in just basic hints write the entire article. The image below would give you an example. By doing so, you have just built yourself the skeleton of the article. It also becomes easy for you to have a glance on the flow of information.
10 minutes – We all would have done this in school. You got to expand the hints into a bigger sentence, add words to join sentences and voila, you have yourself a fully expanded article and the first draft. While you do this, just let the words come out and start developing the article.
8 minutes – No one is flawless. William Zinsser, who wrote a book called “On Writing Well”, usually reiterates his manuscripts at least 4 or 5 times. A person who wrote a book on writing also needs to proof read. So do you. There are online platforms like Grammarly and Hemingway to help you out. Take the time to correct grammar, punctuations and word choice.
30 minutes of 1440 is easy. Do comment below on how this has helped you out!
Read the importance of writing daily in my article here!