Whether you love writing or hate it, you need to meet your goals for creating Web content. Content development may be part of your day job, or it may be your job. Either way, you need workflows to not only create content, but also to manage it.
Over the years, I’ve come to enjoy writing. That hasn’t always been so. I struggled with writing for years. Looking back, I was just scared. Fear can masquerade as procrastination, and perfectionism. I was convinced I wasn’t “good enough”. Yes, my writing sold, but I measured myself against writers I admired.
Eventually I realized that although I might want to improve my skills, I had to write anyway, so I might as well do it and enjoy it. Can you imagine a bricklayer deciding that he couldn’t do his job and build a house today because he wasn’t “good enough”?
Tip: the way you write is the way you write. As long as your writing gets the job done, you’ve succeeded. Chances are you’re better than you think you are. Look back on writing you did a year ago. You’ve improved, and you’ll continue to get better. ;-)
Let’s look at three easy Web content tips which will help you to meet your writing goals.
1. Carrot and Stick: Create Fast.
What do you do when you need to write fast, but can’t get out of your own head?
You use 750words.com. The developer says:
I’ve used the exercise as a great way to think out loud without having to worry about half-formed ideas, random tangents, private stuff, and all the other things in our heads that we often filter out before ever voicing them or writing about them. It’s a daily brain dump. Over time, I’ve found that it’s also very helpful as a tool to get thoughts going that have become stuck, or to help get to the bottom of a rotten mood.
750words.com is a way to just say yourself: “Damn the torpedoes, Full speed ahead!” – and write.
750words.com just asks you to write. It’s a carrot: write 750 words, and you’ve done it. Write or Die on the other hand, applies the stick – there are consequences if you don’t write. Several of my students report great success with Write or Die.
Currently I’m using Write or Die to help me to write romance fiction, because I’ve set myself a demanding schedule. I love Write or Die because it doesn’t care whether I want to write or not. Nor does it care that I have a headache. When it’s time to Write or Die, you just do it.
2. Manage the Content Flood: Get Organized.
I’ve often talked about Trello, and Evernote. Both apps help me to get organized and stay organized. I commend both to you.
Both apps help you to collaborate with others. Create shared notebooks in Evernote for your editorial team on a project. In Trello, create boards, and invite people to the board.
3. Plan, Plan and PLAN: Schedule Content Creation and Management.
We’ve discussed planning too. PLAN. Enough said. You can achieve much more than you think you can, as long as you plan and schedule everything.
On my WordPress blogs, I use Editorial Calendar and the Drafts Dropdown plugins to schedule content. Although Drafts Dropdown hasn’t been updated in a while, it works great.
Try these three tips. They work. You’ll create more, and better, Web content than you think you can. Happy writing. :-)
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