Writing or Creating Content Every Day Seems Impossible When You Are Uncertain.
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
— Louis L’Amour
When I first heard the instruction to write every day, I felt stress. I wasn’t sure what on earth I could possibly have to say that would need me to be saying it daily. As time went on and I learned more, got more conscious of success and developed my business mindset, I started finding it impossible to not write daily. Whether I’m working on an ebook or fiction, a blog post, status update or business journal entry, I am now always recording something. So, how can you implement this in your life as a content creator, especially if you are just starting out? Read on to find out.
Why is Writing Daily Important to Content Creation?
Aside from improving your skills as a writer, a daily writing practice improves your vocabulary, strengthens your research skills and increases your competence in your niche. In general, writing daily also improves your memory, builds your communication, and allows your audience to get to know you better.
Using either a journal or through blogging, you can use writing as a way to process your thoughts, organize your business and improve your craft. If you are a salesperson, the constant research needed to create content daily, will help you to hone your skills and learn even more about your industry. And by communicating with your audience, you get feedback on what tone, brand voice and personality resonates with them. You can always pay attention to audience insights through your analytics or through your social media insights provided by each platform. This kind of information is valuable for the creator, so they are able to discard the content that does not work and continue to create the pieces that the audience found useful.
What to Write Daily to Create a Habit You Enjoy
- Write what you know: Start off the week by setting a word count goal and writing the things you know and enjoy. I love nothing more than mindset training and learning and writing about self-development through positive thinking. I run an entire group so I can constantly write about those things. I also journal in both a spiritual journal and a business one daily. This helps me stay on track mentally, even when I’m running a mile a minute.
- Create plans and processes: Before you get clients, spend time writing out your process. Think about what happens once someone contacts you, then walk yourself through the entire process from discovery to delivery of the product/ service and a follow-up process after. While you may not have all the steps going in, you have the option of researching what others in your industry do and then you can fill in what you missed out on later on. Another quick tip here, go through a similar sales process with the competition to see what they do and then plan how you can do it better 🙂
- Go to Quora or Buzzsumo and search for topics in your industry and write a short blog post on each. This will help you to have input on what is trending or have topics available to respond to what your audience questions are.
- Create a How to Guide: The production of an information product takes a while and will require a certain time commitment. Why not choose to do a bit of the guide daily, which will serve the purpose of creating useful education for your audience and also gives you deeper insight into one topic.
- Make note of what the competition is getting incredible engagement from and create similar posts or articles. Use your clever mind to come up with a new way to present the information. Note, this is not a way to plagiarize someone else’s content, it’s just to be used as a guide and to give you a prompt on what to write.
- Create Social Media Status updates in bulk: Post Planner, Hootsuite, and Buffer among others give you the option of preplanning your social media status updates. Take one evening and create all your posts for the week, month or year. Use Canva to design free graphics, download free images from Pexels or Pixabay and come up with statuses that your audience responds to.
- Ask your audience what they want you to write about next. Choose some topics, write a short excerpt and then run a poll asking the audience which they are more interested in. You’ll be amazed at the responses you get. Once you have your answer, create content around that topic and give the audience what they want.
So, there you have it, a week’s worth of writing or content creation prompts. You can definitely find tons more ideas by searching Google and reading through your industry information. Remember, even though we are layering the habits weekly, we are still continuing with the previous week’s habit. If you are not familiar with the first step or habit, read it here, and join the Facebook group to access the daily practices.
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