Professional writing these days means that you need to be prolific. You need to write a lot. Consider what would happen if you were more productive. If you write more, and sold more, you could double your income, more easily than you can imagine. Here’s why: the demand for quality professional writing is HUGE in 2014.
As more and more companies develop inbound marketing strategies, someone needs to deliver all that content. It might as well be you. 🙂
Over the years I’ve had many periods where I was intensely prolific. Here’s why: I made the decision that I would be. If you’ve looked at my writing journal entries, you can see that I keep a close eye on my word counts each day.
Let’s look at four ways you can become more prolific.
1. Plan to Be More Prolific
If you want to write more and sell more, you need to plan to do that. To motivate yourself, imagine what would happen if you wrote twice as much as you’re writing now. Perhaps you can see yourself earning more income. Perhaps you can see yourself quitting your day job and writing full-time.
Writers tend to be very imaginative. This is both a blessing and a curse. If you use your imagination positively, you’ll write more and you’ll write more easily. On the other hand, if you get stuck thinking negatively, you’ll struggle to write, and you may even become blocked.
If you want to be productive, you need to get your mindset right. Imagine that you can write more, and sell more, and you will.
2. Avoid Procrastination: Time Your Writing Sessions
I use “timed writing” every day. This means writing for a specific period of time, using a timer. There’s a simple reason for this. If you know you’ve only got 25 minutes to write something, you can’t procrastinate.
Get a timer, and time your writing sessions. The amount of time you set for each session is up to you, I recommend 20 minutes to 25 minutes. Then you can take a short break before you write for another 25 minutes.
Writing using a timer is a very simple way to become more prolific.
3. Read: Knowledge Is Power
Prolific writers are readers. The more you know, the more you will earn from your writing. Writers never stop learning. Best-selling novelist Dean Koontz once said that a writer’s only pastime should be reading.
Every prolific writer I know is also a voracious reader.
4. Become Visible, and Sell
Nowadays every writer has to be productive. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing. If you’re writing nonfiction, your clients will expect you to be extremely creative and productive, especially if you’re writing for the Web.
If you’re writing fiction, the more productive you are, the more books you have to sell. Each book you write will sell your other books. You can’t become a best-selling author these days without being productive.
For example, consider EL James the author of the phenomenally successful “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. She wrote the trilogy as fan fiction, initially. You can learn a lesson from that: it’s easier to be prolific if you don’t place too many heavy demands on your creativity.
The more you write, and publish, the better. If you do enough of it, you’ll find that sales will take care of themselves.
As we’ve said, becoming prolific is a decision. Make that decision. When you do, it will change your life.
2014 Update: become a content maven
In 2014, every professional writer needs to be prolific. While there are many more opportunities, these opportunities demand that you write fast and well. Planning to become prolific is essential. Start planning, and enjoy becoming prolific.
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