Coming up with writing ideas was difficult for me when I first started and often found myself operating day-to-day. That worked for a short period of time and it stressed me out always having to find what I was going to write about the day of.
Once you have a good grasp of your niches, it’s a lot easier to create headlines because you’re more immersed in those topics than the average person. The more you know about a certain topic, the easier it is to come up with ideas.
Find sources of inspiration
I have seven sources of inspiration I use for my articles:
Medium Daily Digest
Various Email Newsletters (Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi, Matt De’Avella, Neil Patel)
Your sources of inspiration can help you when you’re completely strung out of ideas. Use them as much as you need.
Figure Out Your Ideal Writing Time And Stick to it
Your writing schedule should be the hours that you’re most awake and focused. Additionally, any extra time you have can be used for writing, even if it’s only brainstorming ideas.
Here’s my writing schedule for context:
My focused writing is between 7am and noon
I spend the majority of my afternoon editing and brainstorming other ideas/topics
I wrap everything up around 4pm
Later in the evening I generally spend reading and taking any notes that spur ideas for my writing.
Just find that golden time frame for writing and stick to it for at least 90-days. It takes about 90 days to fully implement a habit. Once that 90 days is over, it’ll be much easier for you to keep going.
If you are just starting out, it’s hard to know who your audience is and what type of content they gravitate towards. So it doesn’t make sense to edit each article to perfection. Just check for grammatical errors and publish the article. It will save you loads of time.
Keep Practicing Until You Can Write An Article in 3 hours or less
The more you practice this time constraint, the better you get. It didn’t take long for me to get to a point where I can write a 1500 word article in roughly 2 hours.
If you become comfortable and never push yourself, your writing skills will remain stagnant. The key is to actually time yourself. Set a timer for 2 hours and see what you can accomplish. Keep pushing yourself and see if you can get your content writing down to 1 hour.
Keep doing this and you’ll find that sweet spot for how long it takes to write, edit and publish an article. Keep in mind that quality always trumps quantity, so don’t go so fast that your quality suffers.
Keep Your Motivation and Passion In Focus
You can’t write an article a day for a whole year on a whim. It requires planning and preparation.
My main motivation for writing isn’t just to have the freedom from a traditional job. I want to be the best writer in my niche. I want to continually improve my skills. I want to entertain, educate, and equip my audience.
The 5-Year Rule
This oddly accurate rule says it takes a person five years to be successful at whatever they choose to do.
Look at successful writers online and scroll to the bottom of their archives to see how long they’ve been writing. Chances are you’re going to be scrolling for a hot minute.
All the successful writers I know have been writing their asses off for 5+ years. With that said, it will take five years for you to build a successful writing portfolio and career. I’m going on 7 years of writing which gives me a nicely stacked portfolio and credibility. But that doesn’t mean I’m letting off the gas pedal.
Recap and Conclusion
Generate a list of ideas and topics (at least a weeks worth at a time)
Find your ideal writing time and make that a priority
Keep Practicing and pushing yourself to complete your articles in a set period of time
Keep Your Motivation and Passion alive
Remember The 5-Year Rule
These are the five weapons in my arsenal that have allowed me to become a content machine for the past seven years. In closing, Never quit!