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Old 02-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Vent Article Writing

I worked as a part-time article writer and oftentimes, it is just so hard to get into the mood of writing. This happens if I have to write about one topic and keyword over and over again. What do you guys do to get into the mood? Also, to set a bench mark, what's the word count of all articles you can finish in an hour?

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Try to research about the topic and find out some interesting facts about it. I would say that writing high quality 500 plus words article per hour is good.
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As a life coach here is my advice for you SalG...

Ask these 2 questions:
1. Do you love writing in general?
2. What makes you excited about writing?

Knowing the answer to these 2 questions is essential as it will help you to know what needs to be done.

You see when you are not in the mood, your writing shows so, and it will only be downhill. People want to read something that has been writen with passion - ok it doesn't happen all the time, and after 4000 articles I can say that there are days when you say - ohhhh nooooo!

However I love writing which is why I set up a business where we drive content online. I am excited about it.

I am a life coach - I am excited about it.

My suggestion is that if you doing something just for money - it is not the right way to go. Bill Gates rated at 100 Billion USD shows you what passion has to do with things - to the point that where there was an empty desk and you would hardly sit in it, now you do, searching online, spending hours - yes it's Windows!

It's called passion - find your passion and you will get paid for it.

If you love writing then realize that it may just be one of those days. If not then look for what you love with writing. Your skill and how you can be paid can be found in what you are doing.

Take stock of your skills, likes and dislikes. Find what works for you, what gets you excited. Sometimes our hobbies are not right as a profession to do day in day out.

I loved computers when I was younger. I got into IT and worked in a computer company as support, and few years before that I did work experience with a computer manufacturer.

Both experiences made me to focus on other things in my spare time. Kind of like we look for sex when we go partying, but if you a porn star your work and what you want to do in your spare time changes!

Look to this bit of advice. Perhaps add further information on the overall situation.

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red bull helps me fly over words, give me strength to twist and grip on ideas truning them to stories and my writing sharper...
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If you wait to be "in the mood", you may find yourself procrastinating more often than not. Force yourself to write whatever comes to mind, and don't overly stress about it sounding pretty. Sometimes even good writers have to settle for mediocre writing.
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Writing is easier for me when I don't try to edit as I go. I just write and then go back over the article and fine-tune whatever needs it. I don't really look at how many words or articles I'm writing each day. It would vary so much because some almost write themselves while others take hours of research.
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As a life coach here is my advice for you SalG...

Ask these 2 questions:
1. Do you love writing in general?
2. What makes you excited about writing?

Knowing the answer to these 2 questions is essential as it will help you to know what needs to be done.

You see when you are not in the mood, your writing shows so, and it will only be downhill. People want to read something that has been writen with passion - ok it doesn't happen all the time, and after 4000 articles I can say that there are days when you say - ohhhh nooooo!

However I love writing which is why I set up a business where we drive content online. I am excited about it.

I am a life coach - I am excited about it.

My suggestion is that if you doing something just for money - it is not the right way to go. Bill Gates rated at 100 Billion USD shows you what passion has to do with things - to the point that where there was an empty desk and you would hardly sit in it, now you do, searching online, spending hours - yes it's Windows!

It's called passion - find your passion and you will get paid for it.

If you love writing then realize that it may just be one of those days. If not then look for what you love with writing. Your skill and how you can be paid can be found in what you are doing.

Take stock of your skills, likes and dislikes. Find what works for you, what gets you excited. Sometimes our hobbies are not right as a profession to do day in day out.

I loved computers when I was younger. I got into IT and worked in a computer company as support, and few years before that I did work experience with a computer manufacturer.

Both experiences made me to focus on other things in my spare time. Kind of like we look for sex when we go partying, but if you a porn star your work and what you want to do in your spare time changes!

Look to this bit of advice. Perhaps add further information on the overall situation.
I'm sure these answers my questions on article writing. I wanted to be good at it but often times I screwed up on how to write effectively by not copying any web content elsewhere on the internet.

It's probably the reason why I quit writing 'cause I can't write articles even as much as 3000 words a day. Unique ones.
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There's a difference between just pounding out word count and writing to offer quality information. If I know my topic and am interested in it, I can easily do 700-1000 words in an hour. If I have to research, even a 500-word article may take an hour and a half or two hours.
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I like to research free article directories for ideas for my blog. I aim for 400 words, and then I can also my blog on article directory sites.
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There's a difference between just pounding out word count and writing to offer quality information. If I know my topic and am interested in it, I can easily do 700-1000 words in an hour. If I have to research, even a 500-word article may take an hour and a half or two hours.
Yeah that's so true, I started writing for a new client and the switch in topics made me realize that 500 quality words isn't as small as it seems!
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I worked as a part-time article writer and oftentimes, it is just so hard to get into the mood of writing. This happens if I have to write about one topic and keyword over and over again. What do you guys do to get into the mood? Also, to set a bench mark, what's the word count of all articles you can finish in an hour?

Thanks!
Set goals. This is business. Your feelings do not matter when the mortgage is due, food needs to be in the fridge and clothes on your back. It is not about feelings at all (if you have selected the correct occupation and have certain priorities in place). However, your feelings can take you to the VIP section of life or have you sitting in the nose bleed seats. Use, feel and understand your feelings, but do not let them drive you or aim the way. That's barring any impending danger and survival instincts, of course.

You could stop saying, believing and reinforcing to yourself that it is hard to get into the mood of writing. Not saying that it is not the case but dwelling on that does not help you get over it.

Instead of focusing on your mood, focus on the results your writing will bring you. This is where having a goal or a set of goals comes into play. Put that in your mind and if you set the proper goal it can help keep you focused on the task at hand as a motivator.

That all said to help build the mood or elevate the vibe, music is always a good choice. That is just for keeping energy through extended sessions though.

As far as word count who knows, this is nearing two hundred and it took less than five minutes to write.
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It's tough to get in the mood to write sometimes. I find coffee helps. On days when I have a lot of work to do I will make a full pot and drink it throughout the day.

Sometimes if I really lose my focus it helps to go do sets of pushups/situps/listen to music/have a bite to eat. Anything to refresh your brain. It can be mind-numbing to sit at a computer for hours writing about the same topic. Keep your brain happy, and it will reward you.

I generally write about 1,000 words per hour of articles, but depending on the topic I can sometimes double or triple that.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:10 PM   #16
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I agree, writing is hard to get into the mood for. What I find helps is:

1) Set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes. Then I'll convince myself to sit down and start typing, but at the same time because I know there is a timer running I am forcing myself to spit out content, instead of taking too much time to think about what I am writing.

2) I write two articles and then take a break. This makes it easier to convince myself to sit down and get it done. When you think about doing something you hate to do, you will usually lump it all into a large amount of time. So if you have ten articles to write break it up into two articles at a time, instead of thinking about writing ten all at once.
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Hi, I suggest whenever you are into something refresh first yourself before moving forward. Like listen to music, eat and relax. And also do mind setting about the topic you had. Take sometime to reflect if you do have experiences or background with it, and If ever you had something on your mind already, list it down. Don't also think you are pressured. Enjoy every moment that you spent on writing, I myself do this kind of strategy, Especially when the articles are rushed. In this kind of business you should be flexible and be able to adjust yourself to those expected and unexpected things. Stay calm always Hope it helps.

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If I am aware of the subject matter I can usually write around 500-600 words per hour. Im not necessarily a fast writer, but I rather create good content than just slap some stuff together and put it on the web for others to read. Its my name that's going on that work.
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1. Pomodoro technique
2. Great music

Get into a flow state and crank. I can get 2500 words out in 30 minutes this way
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OK. but can some one give a suggestion about Writers block.

Bcz, I have an intention of writing things for myself, but i am not able to do so until deadline is close.
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Hahaha, really? You're kidding right. Mine is every writing hour at night is another caffeine infused session.
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If I am aware of the subject matter I can usually write around 500-600 words per hour. Im not necessarily a fast writer, but I rather create good content than just slap some stuff together and put it on the web for others to read. Its my name that's going on that work.
Me too, I feel guilty writing on crappy contents just to beat the deadline and earn some money. I wonder if others feel that way too.
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Article writing is for the people who have great talents in english... Cause writing an Article is never been easy..good grammar is one of its qualification...and have a wide ideas with regard to the topic.
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I relax and calm myself.. that usually helps me..
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It can be a challenge writing the extra "dry" stuff, but most clients want something engaging. If I can inject a bit of life into the topic, I can breeze through several pages of writing in an hour. When a client wants lifeless, encyclopedic copy (it happens), I reach for the coffee and manage 500-1000 words per hour (unless the research is extremely extensive).
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I write two articles and then take a break. This makes it easier to convince myself to sit down and get it done. When you think about doing something you hate to do, you will usually lump it all into a large amount of time. So if you have ten articles to write break it up into two articles at a time, instead of thinking about writing ten all at once.
Very true. Breaking up the workload into 2 -3 articles at a time is definitely the move. Burn-out is real. If writing is a daily thing, small, intermittent breaks are key.
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No doubt article writing needs hard struggle and it requires a perfect skill to fix keywords according to the topic. My average words per hour are 1000 to 1200 per hour.
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1) Set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes. Then I'll convince myself to sit down and start typing, but at the same time because I know there is a timer running I am forcing myself to spit out content, instead of taking too much time to think about what I am writing.

2) I write two articles and then take a break. This makes it easier to convince myself to sit down and get it done. When you think about doing something you hate to do, you will usually lump it all into a large amount of time. So if you have ten articles to write break it up into two articles at a time, instead of thinking about writing ten all at once.

I'd certainly second this notion. Even if you are passionate about anything in particular it will become a grind if you do it all the time. My best advice would be to incentivise your work when you break it up. Say "I'm going to do x number of articles and then I can play video games/watch tv/whatever does it for you for x number of minutes." Then you have a break and a reward. Positive reinforcement at work.
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It's pretty funny for me to actually be giving advice on how to get in the mood for article writing while I am procrastinating right now about writing articles myself, but I also find that starting early helps me.

If you get started at a good time in the morning you feel as though you have the full day a head of you, whereas when you procrastinate, it just makes the task seem so much larger, which makes the urge of procrastinating so much stronger.

Once you knock off a few articles, especially early in the day, it makes it easier to buckle down and finish. I don't know how many times I have procrastinated doing it which has made my day unproductive. Getting it over with allows you to have the rest of the day to do whatever you want, and not feel the stress of knowing you are supposed to be doing something.
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I find that there are specific times periods during the day that I will work best and other times that I will downright not even want to think. If you can find the times during the day at which you are most productive then it will be much easier for you to sit down and start writing.
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As a life coach here is my advice for you SalG...

Ask these 2 questions:
1. Do you love writing in general?
2. What makes you excited about writing?

Knowing the answer to these 2 questions is essential as it will help you to know what needs to be done.

You see when you are not in the mood, your writing shows so, and it will only be downhill. People want to read something that has been writen with passion - ok it doesn't happen all the time, and after 4000 articles I can say that there are days when you say - ohhhh nooooo!

However I love writing which is why I set up a business where we drive content online. I am excited about it.

I am a life coach - I am excited about it.

My suggestion is that if you doing something just for money - it is not the right way to go. Bill Gates rated at 100 Billion USD shows you what passion has to do with things - to the point that where there was an empty desk and you would hardly sit in it, now you do, searching online, spending hours - yes it's Windows!

It's called passion - find your passion and you will get paid for it.

If you love writing then realize that it may just be one of those days. If not then look for what you love with writing. Your skill and how you can be paid can be found in what you are doing.

Take stock of your skills, likes and dislikes. Find what works for you, what gets you excited. Sometimes our hobbies are not right as a profession to do day in day out.

I loved computers when I was younger. I got into IT and worked in a computer company as support, and few years before that I did work experience with a computer manufacturer.

Both experiences made me to focus on other things in my spare time. Kind of like we look for sex when we go partying, but if you a porn star your work and what you want to do in your spare time changes!

Look to this bit of advice. Perhaps add further information on the overall situation.
Thanks TryAMillion.I have to digest for a week what you had written here. I like writing but I have to put passion on it. Another thing why I'm quite slow in producing my outputs is that, often I'm not contented with my own work. I feel bad producing low quality materials. One last thing, I still have to find out what excites me. That's very important. Again, thank you so much for this piece of advice.
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It's pretty funny for me to actually be giving advice on how to get in the mood for article writing while I am procrastinating right now about writing articles myself, but I also find that starting early helps me.

If you get started at a good time in the morning you feel as though you have the full day a head of you, whereas when you procrastinate, it just makes the task seem so much larger, which makes the urge of procrastinating so much stronger.

Once you knock off a few articles, especially early in the day, it makes it easier to buckle down and finish. I don't know how many times I have procrastinated doing it which has made my day unproductive. Getting it over with allows you to have the rest of the day to do whatever you want, and not feel the stress of knowing you are supposed to be doing something.
I procrastinate a lot too. First thing, I wanted to write early in the morning but once I turned on my laptop I can't help not to surf. It took me a lot of time to check my mails and even my facebook. I know, it sucks. I read in one magazine before that it is not recommended to check your emails around 7-10 in the morning. Otherwise, you will lose track your schedule.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #34
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It can be a challenge writing the extra "dry" stuff, but most clients want something engaging. If I can inject a bit of life into the topic, I can breeze through several pages of writing in an hour. When a client wants lifeless, encyclopedic copy (it happens), I reach for the coffee and manage 500-1000 words per hour (unless the research is extremely extensive).
I am really learning a lot from the answers here. I share the same sentiments.
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I worked as a part-time article writer and oftentimes, it is just so hard to get into the mood of writing. This happens if I have to write about one topic and keyword over and over again. What do you guys do to get into the mood? Also, to set a bench mark, what's the word count of all articles you can finish in an hour?

Thanks!
I've been writing before and I know how it looks like that's why I hired ezine writers to do the job for me

anyways here's my technique..

15 minutes - get 3 from ezine articles. Read them and get 5 Major Points out of 3 articles.

15 minutes - Out of that 5 major point write a 500 word article. It's easier when you have the points written. Trust me! been there done that!

Let it rest for 1 hour to refresh your mind(or do some more articles) After that proof read the articles for grammatical errors, spelling etc etc. Then (optional) let it rest again for 24 hours for the 2nd proof reading. It takes me 30 minutes to write a 500 word ezine quality articles and takes 3 minutes to proof read everything.

HOpe that helps
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I don't force myself to write when I'm not in the mood. I do something else, distract myself, relax a bit.If I work on my off peak hours I get drained, stressed, or get too distracted that I don't end up accomplishing much.
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