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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Guest Post by Evil Genius Rainy of the Dark: How to Quickly Write Blog Posts

If writing your blog posts has a small, but shameful, impending doom feeling (much like doing the dishes), don't worry. Before long, it was bound to become a task. But you're sticking to it because you know it needs to be done, and you don't really hate it. You just wish it was, well, easier. Here are a few ideas how to make it less of a chore, or at least one accomplished with less frustration:

Know the point of the article. I know, this should be a given, but it's easier said than done. Picking at topic isn't the same thing as know what you're writing about. The easiest way to do this is to write the title. Don't worry about being clever there yet; you're evil genius can shine later. Right now, just use it to focus.

Know how to approach it. Do you want to make it a long-winded discourse why you are best to reign overlord? Or would you like a post with topics and explanations (like this post)? If you're not sure where to begin, consider a simple formula: open it, write 3 or more points, and close it. Simple and effective.

Know your outline. Either of the above approaches can benefit from a rough outline. You don't have to go research paper on it with Roman Numerals. But writing down your key points can make pounding out an article that much easier when you don't have to stop every few lines to figure out what's next.

That should be enough to get you started, but there's more tricks you can apply that will make it even easier.

Keep a running list of topics. Coming up with what to write about can be one of the most frustrating parts of creating an article. Keeping a list of topics as ideas occur to you while chatting, catching up on social networks, blogging or doing the dishes can be a great way to bypass that nerve-gnawing part of blogging. When it's time to write, just open your list, pick two that appeal to you and get to work on your quick outline.

Stay ahead of the game. If you have a cache of back posts, you won't feel quite as much pressure to write. And that can be a good thing. Of course, you need to make sure to keep up on the cache, so regularly writing is still a must. But turning out content for next week is a more tolerable stress than right-this-moment.

Map it out the night before. That's right. If you plan to write on Wednesday mornings, than do your topic selection and outlining on Tuesday. Once you get used to the process, it should take less than thirty minutes to outline a couple of articles. Some may require research, but consider that you mostly write what you know (or what you have an opinion on), then you'll see that you can brainstorm before bed and get up in the morning to write it.

Do a few at a time. If you need to write two or more articles a week, work on them together. That is, pick them all at once, create the rough outlines all at once, and save it. Then when you're ready to write, hit them in order.

There you have it, seven ways to take care of article writing. Once turned into a routine, you'll find you can easily keep on your blog. And the sense of accomplishment will be so great, you might just tackle the dishes, too.

How do you currently handle article writing?

When Rainy Kaye isn't plotting world domination, she enjoys coaching others about it on her blog

She also likes fluffy kittens.


Pam Asberry said...

I wish I were better organized when it comes to blogging. Too often I find myself nodding off over my laptop at 11:30 at night asking myself what I am going to write about. You have offered some great suggestions here. I am going to do my best to implement some of them. Thanks!

Rainy Kaye said...

Hi Pam,

Thanks for the comment :) It's difficult to come up with topics on whim. Developing a few good article writing habits can save a lot of time and frustration.

Good luck!