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You can apply my super content creation secrets to mold yourself into better, faster and more efficient writer.
1. Stop making excuses
We’re going to start with a little tough love.
The best tool you have in your writing toolbox is a no-tolerance policy for whining and excuses.
The most important thing you can do as a writer is write. You need to write a lot — every day, if you can — in order to produce great content and become a better writer.
So stop letting yourself off the hook. Stop saying that it’s okay that you haven’t written for a week. It’s not okay. You’re not going to become a better writer if you keep making excuses.
By the end of the six-week writing intensive for my book, I noticed that writing had become a heck of a lot easier. Spending hours working on a chapter didn’t feel like drudgery — it was actually fun.
This wasn’t a magic trick. It was the result of sitting down to write for many hours, every single day, for five solid weeks.
So plan on making writing a practice and shutting the door on excuses and justifications.
2. Decide to be a professional
Author Steven Pressfield gives great advice to writers who are looking to reach the next level in their craft:
What we need to do as writers, artists or entrepreneurs is to turn pro, mentally. [We need to] take ourselves seriously and take our work seriously, and really sort of bear down on it …
He asserts that taking our work seriously, and “turning pro” in our own minds, is the main difference between amateurs and professionals.
While I was writing my book, I didn’t wake up in the morning asking myself, “Should I write today?”
I knew that my job, every single day, was to write to the best of my ability for a large portion of the day. I was a professional — and that’s what professionals do.
As soon as the book was done, I immediately shifted gears and moved into writing guest posts for other blogs. Since my main marketing strategy for my book is to publish guest posts as much as I can, I’m writing three or four substantial articles every week. And I bring my professional mindset to writing my guest post assignments, too.
I take myself seriously and my writing seriously — and so can you. And once you “go pro,” you’ll be amazed what a difference it will make in your productivity.