As writers, many of you probably write articles on a daily basis. Whether these articles are for article submission sites, clients, blog posts or your own niche site, you don’t need to spend hours writing them.
The hardest part for seasoned writers in my eyes is the tedious aspect of writing about the same subject. If you have a real estate blog for example, you need to keep coming up with fresh content that excites your readers enough to keep coming back for more.
However, this is often easier said than done and you probably already know that writing is most frustrating when the famous writer’s block sneaks up on us. If we are honest, nobody has enough information in their head to keep writing about the same topic for years on end. Many freelance writers are often plagued by writer’s block because all they do is write all day long. We all get inspired and gain new ideas by reading other people’s blogs, websites and everything else that is in print, both offline and online.
Sometimes all you need is a headline from your TV magazine to get your creative writing juices flowing until there is nothing left and before you know it, you just wrote a new article.
I love these moments when words just pour out of my head, right into my fingers. When I’m in the zone, I usually just keep writing until I run dry. I also don’t worry about spelling mistakes at that time and keep going because once I stop, my mind might freeze all of a sudden.
But in the other moments – when I struggle to find inspiration – I use a simple trick to write an article in less than 20 minutes. The trick is called “spying on the competition”.
I browse blogs, search engines and websites for ideas and once I found something that clicks, I simply copy and paste the article into my Live Writer and then rewrite the whole thing in my own words.
A word or warning: Do not get tempted to rewrite your article using the same words or even meaning as the original source, unless you are writing a news report from a press release and give proper accreditation to the source.
I only use these articles to fuel my inspiration and usually it is only a single sentence within them that gets my creative juices flowing. This is by far the fastest way to create content without duplicating or copying anyone out there and has so far always worked great for me.
Next time you get stuck, try my suggestion and see how you go. If you have some great article writing tips to share, please be my guest.