3 Ridiculously Easy Steps to Writing More

We all have the same amount of hours in a day and it’s usually not possible to complete everything on our daily to do list.

This is especially true when it comes to writing because not only is it something that we put off doing to last every day, but find it hard to concentrate because of the nagging feeling that we should be doing something else.

But what if you could sit down and write every day with 100% focus on your work and write more in the same time?

Is that something that you like to do?

Then here is a simple three-part strategy that will change the way you work and give you better focus and make you more productive.

1. Create a writing routine and stick to it. There’s no point in “fitting in” your writing with everything else you do in a day. Instead, set aside time to write every day and stick to it. Tell yourself there is nothing else you have to do during this time and just right. Don’t skip a day. Writing is now one of your priorities so it must be done.

2. Prepare. Before you write a word, make sure that you’ve prepared to write, even if you’re only working on a couple of short articles. Before you begin you need to know exactly what you’ll be writing. This means you should have already done your necessary research and have an outline ready. That way all the hard work is already done which makes writing easy and enjoyable and this in turn will make for excellent writing, and you’ll be able to write quickly.

3. Finish what you start. It’s no good jumping from one writing project to the next without finishing what you’ve already started. And you can’t earn money from unfinished work. Also, staying the distance with every project you start and seeing it through to the end, builds a really good self-discipline habit, one that will benefit you for the rest of your life. So always finish what you start, publish it, and THEN move on.

And those are the three disciplines you need to accelerate your writing output and make you a better writer.

Create and stick to a Writing routine. Set a time to write every day (or week) and do it.

Prepare yourself before you write so that you have an outline to follow which will make the actual writing process quick and easy.

And finish what you start. It’s OK to move onto another writing project if you get bored with your current one, but pick it back up again and carry on with it as soon as you can.

These 3 simple strategies will help make you the successful writer you’ve always dreamed of being.

Ruth Barringham is a writer and author from Queensland Australia. Subscribe to her website for blog updates and articles for writers at http://RuthIsWriting.com where you’ll find information and inspiration to help you achieve your writing dreams. When you subscribe you’ll also instantly receive 4 free writing eBooks to assist you in becoming the wealthy writer you’ve always dreamed of being.

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Becoming A Writer – Write Here, Write Now

Most of us know at least one person who “dabbles in writing”, whether they write blogs, poetry, a novel or even fanfiction. When I was seventeen and unfortunate enough to be infatuated with a vapid long-haired guitarist who wore paisley shirts, this dabbler was me. I carried a notebook everywhere I went, furious scribbling and doodling at every opportunity. I’d wake at ridiculous intervals in the night to write down half-asleep lines of surrealism. My desk was surrounded by balled-up pieces of paper and dog-eared sheets, whilst my computer was full of unfinished documents. It seemed like I was constantly writing and creating, even if most of my work did end up getting deleted or pushed to the back of the shelf to be cringed at years later.

Once the infatuation wore off and I was busy enjoying myself (or occasionally studying) at university, I became Just Plain Lazy where writing was concerned. Gone were the notebooks, gone were the hundreds of half-written poems. Of course, my love for writing never faded, and I tried to tap back into it by taking Creative Writing modules after a year or so of avoiding writing. By that time, I was so out of touch with writing I felt I had lost my ‘voice’ and that I was simply regurgitating horrible inky splats of previous authors onto the page. The passion and enjoyment had been sucked out writing; it became an undesirable chore that I left well behind me for many years after graduation.

The urge to write never left me, but I’m ashamed to say that I swallowed it for a long time. Occasionally I would write a poem here or a story there, but it never felt authentic and I really had to force the words out. Too often did I think, ‘What’s the point?’ or ‘I’m not good enough to write’, or I’d let distraction get the better of me and spend my day procrastinating instead of creating. Deep down, I doubted my ability as a writer. I felt that writing was too painful, that there were dark words inside me that would spill uncontrollably onto the page and shame me. I could not consider writing without a twinge, a wince or a cringe. There were too many ‘buts’ to even consider starting again, so I did the comfortable thing and suppressed those urges.

It wasn’t until I began writing professional copy almost ten years later that I realised that I could enjoy playing with words again. It wasn’t until the positive comments began rolling in that I realised that I still had worth, that I still had my voice. I wrote introspective blogs to further regain my sense of self, until I grew the confidence to write new poems, songs and stories (pain free, might I add!) With every piece I write, I can feel the passion for writing returning drop by drop. Because writing is enjoyable now, there’s no need to stifle the urge – when I feel compelled to write, I Just Do It. Though it hasn’t been easy, I no longer worry about how my writing will be received, because I’ve finally accepted my need to write. And because I need to write, I do it and you know what? I love it.

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Creative Writing Ideas – 4 Reasons for Avoiding Inaction in Professional Writing

A professed writer who plunges into inaction for a reasonably long duration risks losing talent, professionalism, colleagues and readers, and does not deserve to be called a writer. Irrespective of your reasons and inspiration for writing, your relevance depends on regular and quality writing. Can a non-writing writer exist? What justification exists for calling for a non-writing individual a writer? What inherent perils lurk for such a person?

1. Inaction Threatens Talent

Nature teaches that what you fail to use, you lose. Writing is an art that ameliorates with constant and deliberate practice. Unless you possess and use ideas for creative writing, you are likely to become rusty and ineffective and eventually quit writing. Even athletes who stop running become ‘former athletes’ until they return to competitive sports.

Perhaps you are a one-text-wonder, based on the last poem you crafted before you left the writing stage without notice. However, you can think and write creatively again. Under the tutelage of experienced teachers and writing experts, you may rediscover your talent and return to the noble profession.

2. Professional Advancement Depends on Being Relevant

Excellence in online creative writing is a blend of talent and practice, professional fundamentals that become relevant and profitable when one creates content for audiences. Technology has revolutionized this profession to the extent that a writer should understand social trends to survive and thrive. Unless you develop materials for your audience based on vogue issues, you will quit without coercion.

As a professional writer, you must utilize the tools your contemporaries use and which your audience prefers. For example, while conventional book marketing is still workable, websites, blogs and social media give exposure to your writing output. Today you can boost sales if you write a blog and promote your text. Social media platforms will also come in handy in gauging audience needs and responding as expected.

3. Professional Support Hinges on Remaining Relevant

Professional writers understand the crucial role that networking among equals plays in boosting one’s career and the fearful repercussions of operating as a lone ranger. The moment you severe ties with writing, perhaps by being complacent, colleagues decrease and eventually cut links. For them, no benefit can be gained by associating with you.

The concomitant danger is that you will deny yourself the presence of experts who can critique and propel your creative writing ideas. Just like in other occupations, writing for a living hinges on your level of awareness and strength of networks. Consequently, if one isn’t a regular writer, a gradual divorce from the writing community is inevitable.

4. Your Audience Will Find Another Home

If you stop writing, readers will search for value and appreciation from prolific and audience-focused colleagues and rivals. Your relationship with an audience is solely based on continued writing. For example, if you write a blog and then fizzle out, disappointed readers will search for other committed professionals for information and entertainment.

A writer who loses an audience through inaction, and who desires to win back readers, faces an uphill and insurmountable task to mend a tainted reputation. To be even blunter, you may never regain those you have lost. In light of such unfortunate eventualities, you must reconnect with your followers at the slightest opportunity. Of greater significance is to gradually attract loyal readership as you emerge from hibernation.

How to Start Writing Again

If you are a writer who no longer writes, you can revive your career by taking the following measures:

  • Engage in online creative writing: This platform gives you access to a global and diverse readership that has a wide range of interests.
  • Find an exciting and profitable niche and concentrate your efforts on reviving your career.
  • Rebuild the bridges you burned when you deserted your colleagues and widen your network.
  • Join online writing communities on social media and share your concerns as your learn from others’ experiences.
  • Begin and persist with writing to rejuvenate your reconnection with your audience.
  • Be observant, talk to people and read to gather ideas for creative writing.

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Learning to Write, So Others Can Read

As I recall, my handwriting during those elementary school days were indeed horrible. No one, not even me the writer could read or make any sense of whatever was written. But, the #2 pencil marks on the white, double lined pages of my copy-book were my best hand writing. Penmanship that looked a lot like abstract art–something is being said, but, the logic is obscure. The Curator at the national museum would have easily classified my writing amongst the original artifacts of an ancient civilization–an unknown language yet to be translated.

Yet, with all certainty I confess that I’m the one who wrote whatever was on those pages. It was undoubtedly, the language of our British Colony– English. I am also quite familiar with the scribbled scratches, the overly- gratuitous capitalization–like letters in an alphabet soup and most distinctively, the several blistered, round holes in the pages caused by an overused coarse eraser and some spit. I would quickly touch my tongue with the eraser and in an aggressive circular motion; desperately tried to remove the errors–only to compound the ambiguity, of my initial endeavor.

Anyone attempting to translate the enigmatic mixture constantly stumbles over these taller letters in the middle of the woRd. Without any sequence or pattern, capital letters appeared like punctuations gone wild. My teachers, who, of course were never prepared to peruse the rubble or do any kind of excavation– to try and figure out what was attempted– often gave up in utter frustration.

“What in the world is this mess?” They all asked…

Neither of my teachers, the family doctor, nor my parents could determine the cause, or put a handle on this rare condition–or even worse-find a suitable remedy for my complaint. (I was not the one complaining.) However, I have personally named my condition “dys-letter-xia.” (a mild mutation of the host– dyslexia.) This amorphous condition, affects one in seven billion people in the world. The victim often suffers from an irresistible tendency to randomly insert capital letters in “eVeRy WOrd.” However, he is not mentally unstable; neither does he display any visible signs of muscular or physical deformities. His cognitive skills appear to be normal and are consistent with the average male of his age group.

Moreover, all my scribbled scratches looked like the syntax of an over-worked, ready to retire stenographer, desperately trying to maintain a steady hand after an extended weekend with her spirited companion-Vodka.
Therefore, all my school work including home work, were graded “F”-failed. Almost every line of my “Weak attempt at composition” as Ms. Pablo, my English teacher described it-was an aggressively passive sentence. The past tense “is” made present and my point of view was comically distorted.

My adverbs mystified instead of modified.
Adjectives decried rather than described.
Commas were misplaced everywhere like the playroom of a two year old.
Colons were inserted where there should be semi-colons, causing diarrhea-like conditions with no full-stops, except at the end of the so-called essay.
Nouns wore captions from the first letter to the last.
Pro- nouns he, she, it, they and them were used as conjunctions and a conjunction began almost every sentence.

But I tried… God knows I tried my best.

It was not until my second year in high school that Ms. India, the Math. Teacher came to the rescue. (Yes the math teacher.) She bought penmanship books for the entire class. (Apparently there were other students with writing issues.) Consequently, after two weeks of rigorous practice, one exercise after another, my writing dramatically improved– much to the delight of all my instructors. For the first time, I began seeing complimentary A’s on my assignments. I am learning to write.

Now here am I, after almost 15 years in Accounting, and 22 years as a Home Remodeling contractor-I’m trying to switch careers again. I want to become a writer. I still love to write. Only this time, I’m able to read what I write.
I have been writing articles, short stories, sermons and the occasional news release for the past 30 years-off and on. I want to write. I enjoy writing. One day I will be a great writer.

But, on completing my last assignment with Writers Digest University, I’m desperately in need of a Pepcid-Ac for my in-Digest-ion. I am still burping, totally uncomfortable, as I struggled, almost to despair while crafting my personal essay.

My instructor say’s I am doing well in expressing my opinions. But, I need to explore the topic, taking the readers on a journey of interesting facts and information about my subject. This she emphasized is the essence of essay writing. So, as I assay to follow her advice on crafting the personal essay; without ranting or preaching as she critiqued, but taking the reader on an adventure… exploring the subject; I’m determined to work harder, pressing toward the mark of excellence. I will write and re-write till I get it right.

But, what my instructor doesn’t know… is that I am a bible–toting, foot-stomping, hallelujah-shouting, tongue-talking– Born-Again-Preacher. This, I have done all my life; multi-tasking along the way. Yes, I love to tell “The Good-Ole-Gospel Story”. I love to tell of Jesus and his death at Calvary, his burial in a borrowed tomb and his glorious resurrection on Sunday morning. Hallelujah! Stomp, stomp.

Therefore, for me to write a personal essay– I cannot help but frequent the crystal, clear waters of my theological persuasion, and there, baptize my pen in Biblical quotations with Christological references such that, my essays become tainted with sermons.

Nevertheless, I will continue to study the timeless classic of: The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, Word Magic for Writers by Cindy Rogers, and Crafting the Personal Essay by Dinty W. Moore. I have yet to purchase, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus. I will also continue to take advantage of those free online grammar courses by “The Owl” at Purdue University and the free online English Grammar and Composition Lessons by Richard Nordquist.

Until I”Write it Right” I will continue the pursuit–reading for hours each day, then writing late into the midnight hours. I will follow the instructions in my “Daily Writing Tips” thus “I will aspire to leave ‘that’ out.” (Maybe, I should just leave that out.)
I don’t want to write like anyone else. Why should I copy or become the copy of another. I just want to be me. My voice, my style-I’ve got something to say, and I will declare it, simply and succinctly. “I must write. for the reader.’ As under oath in a courtroom, I count it an honor and very much a responsibility to testify in writing to every man, every woman and all in between-“So help me God.”

I belong to a league of overachievers. We strive to do what others say we can’t do. We are proud to be the star-trek generation-“Going, where no man has gone before.” Reaching heights unknown, running through troops and leaping over walls. We are Unstoppable, unmovable and yes undeniably so.

Well some folks think that I may have this ADHD; but, the truth is, I just love to be challenged. I’m never satisfied with the ordinary and I despise mediocrity. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me. Philippians 4:13. I believe I can walk on water because the Bible says I can. My daily dosage of faith gives me the tenacity to strive for excellence even in the face of daunting odds. Doing what God says I can do, and being all that he has destined for me.

Since I am created in the image and likeness of God, and filled with his spirit– I am endowed with the unparalleled potential to create the world in which I choose to live by the words I speak.

It is written, “In the beginning God said” (Genesis 1:3). As he spoke, it came to pass. As it came to pass, men wrote the historical accounts we read of in chronological volumes of the Holy Bible. So also, I’ll continue to write. This story must be told. Let’s all tell our story so that we may learn from each other.

In conclusion… as I read, I write.
As I write, I edit.
As I edit I do so with the mindset of the several editors I have encountered in my career. Books I have read; on-line courses I have taken. Instructions I’ve received from so many sources in my eager quest to become a writer.
A picker I am, but a writer I’ll be,
A blank page or mental block will not stop me.
I love to write, for me it’s therapy
Almost anything inspires me.
I can write about time and years
Animals: Lions, tigers and bears
Books and schools, Machines and tools
Husbands and wives, the days of our lives
Money and sex, why people love to text
Cream and coffee,
Milk and sugar, you name it…
Just give me a minute
Let me research the topic
I may not always get it right, but be sure, I’m going to write.

One day I will become great writer, and my book, my story carved out of the mountains and valleys of my life’s experiences may be a number one best seller. I pray therefore that the multitudes that may enter my congregation of readers be abundantly blessed.

As a reader, you have the right to information: facts that are interesting, inspiring, educating and motivating. It is my responsibility therefore, to sit at my desk and write.

I may not always get it right, but be sure–I will write. I am a writer.

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Writing Leads to Wealth – Get Your Own Viral Blog

Write Your Way to Success

You need to harness the power of the pen or keyboard. Writing is the basis of creating your wealth and expressing your wealth of knowledge. The more you write the better you will become. That’s why getting your own viral blog for your business is essential.

The more you edit your own writing and have a trusted person help you edit your writing, you will become more clear to your audience. I challenge you to write a blog post everyday for the next 90 days. You will see improvements in 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days.Your writing skills will improve over that period. Your topics will be more clear and concise.

You may have hated writing in school. I know I did. I hated writing book reports, essays, and thesis’. It wasn’t until I was in the 10 grade that my English and Science teachers brought me in for a conference. I wrote a biology report that shocked them. They thought I cheated and wanted to know who wrote it.

I was just trying to stay eligible to play football. I was starting as a sophomore and I wanted to keep my spot. A week later my teachers and coaches praised me for my work. The seeds of writing were planted in me.

I wrote my way to winning scholarships for college. I wrote my team’s business presentations for classes and senior project. Writing has carried me since I was 16 years old. I transferred my writing skills into speaking and presentations. I write the way I speak and speak the way I write. These are the basics on how you should do your writing. Be you, do you, and you will succeed.

Market with Your Viral blog

Writing leads to success. Movie scripts are written and the marketing for the movie is written. Business plans are written, proposals are written, real estate contracts are written. The written word affects business and you should profit from it.

Now you can write your way to wealth. Get your own viral blog for $25. Online business owners, affiliate marketers, and direct sales companies provide all the written material you need for your business. Someone wrote those scripts, capture pages, email swipes, and PLR’s. Writing is everywhere and the money follows the writing.

Why aren’t you writing your way to wealth? Why aren’t you enthusiastic about it? Writing should lead you to your business success. With the proper training you could be having $100 days, $500 days, and $1000 days depending on your product or services. Adding a viral blog to your marketing will help you increase your traffic.

Your Viral Blog Makes You the Expert

Creating original content will help you become an authority in your profession. Submitting your writing to article sites, newspapers, forums, and social syndication will help you gain exposure and traffic.

Your writing has to be transferable. Can the person you are writing to say, “I can do that, I believe that.” Your writing must help people know, like, and trust you. Are they willing to click that “buy” button, enter their email address, or share your content? Are they looking forward to your content?

Convey your message so people will respond. At first you may suck. That’s why I challenge you to write a blog post every day for 90 days. This is a vital piece of marketing that will take time but will help your business grow and add more streams of income.

Your viral blog is like a permanent flyer on the internet. It is your content and it only comes down when you take it down. Unlike affiliate pages, capture, squeeze, and sale pages that disappear when companies fail or change directions. Your viral blogging system stays up and will continue to generate income for you.

Best selling books, successful copy writing, Oscar nominated scripts, marketing, and your viral blog lead to wealth. Writing leads to wealth and the proof is in everyday business.

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How to Write Articles Quickly and Make Money

It’s easy to be an online writer because you get to work from home so no time is wasted commuting, buying coffee or going out for lunch with colleagues. You can just get up in the morning, work for a few hours, and you’re done for the day.

But one question remains. How do you make money writing?

The secret (well, it’s not really a secret at all) is that you have to write a lot. No one earns a full-time income from writing one blog post or one article or one book. Even the most wealthiest writers write every day and they work fast.

And these days it’s so easy to earn money as an online writer. You just get up, write for a few hours, hit publish, and you’re done for the day.

But is it really that easy?

It is if you’re focused, self disciplined and can write fast.

If you want to earn money from your writing you need to be able to write fast because the more you write the more you can earn.

The easiest way to earn money from writing online is to write articles. And the articles you write can have many uses.

You can write short articles and use them as

  • Blog posts
  • Website articles
  • Marketing articles
  • Short eBook chapters
  • Emails
  • Auto-responder emails

In fact, once you get into the daily swing of writing several articles, you find dozens of uses for them.

But first you need to be able to write them quickly and this is how you do it.

Pick a topic for your article. Make sure you’re only writing about one thing.

Pick 3 points you want to cover in your article.

Write the article using an opening paragraph, your 3 points and a concluding paragraph.

Using a simple outline like this can speed up the article writing process so that you should, within a week or so, be able to write an article in only 15 minutes, including research, outlining, writing and proof reading.

If you don’t think it’s possible to write an article that quickly, just try it. Spend a week doing nothing but writing articles using the simple outline I showed you. It should only take one week of practice for you to perfect your technique and write articles fast.

And when you can write an article in 15 minutes, that’s 4 per hour which, in a 5 hour day, is 20 articles a day. And if you work 5 days a week, that’s 100 articles. If you want to go even further, 100 articles a week over 50 weeks a year is 5,000 articles!

Can you imagine how much money you could earn if you could write 100 articles a week?

You could have a blog or website with 50 pages on new content, a whole string of emails waiting to out to your subscribers and an auto-responder of emails set up to help market whatever you are selling, whether it’s your own product or your working as an affiliate and a dozen or so marketing articles submitted to a few article directories to help bring more visitors to your website. And that’s what you could do in just 5 days.

And all it takes is for you to get started and you’ll soon be writing hundreds of articles every month.

About the author: Ruth Barringham is a writer from Australia. She is also the CEO of Cheriton House Publishing ( http://cheritonhousepublishing.com ) where you can visit to see her latest eBook for writers and learn how she earned over $4,000 from writing articles in just one week.

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3 Ways to Write Faster and Submit Your Articles Quicker

As a working writer, there may come a time when you’ll want to increase your income without increasing the amount of hours you work, or maybe you’ll just want to decrease the hours you work without decreasing the amount of money you earn. Either way, there are actually a few methods to accomplishing this. Each of my tips begins by first ascribing to the simple premise that, “If I can write faster I will have the opportunity to make more money”.

There really are only so many hours in the day, and even fewer of those hours can be used productively. You cannot manufacture more time, so instead of trying to find more hours in the day to write, why not strive to make better use of the hours you already have? By utilizing good time management skills, and implementing a few simple methods that allow you to physically work more quickly, you should be able to write an article in less time than it currently takes.

I’m certain some of you already use these techniques, at least in part, and others use your own time savingg techniques. We all have our personal ways of doing things, but if you put a little effor in and are not opposed to changing a thing or two, you may find your writing sessions can be even more productive.

My three time saving methods for article writing.

1- Write First Edit Later – I’m so thankful I discoverd this early on in my writing career. In fact I learned this back in my high school days, which were pre-PC, by the way. There seems to be a belief by some that if they edit on-the-fly, they will have less editing to do after the article has been written. There is truth to that, however the loss of spontaneous creativity will inevitably slow your writing process to a point where saving a few minutes at the end for editing will be meaningless. If I were allowed only one recommendation to someone who wanted to write faster, it would be; “Write First, Edit later”. It makes that much of a difference.

2-Use an Outline for Your Article – Referencing a thought mentioned in the previous tip, one of the simplest, yet most effective concepts of writing faster is to keep the thoughts streaming from your brain to your page. This is true whether you are using a keyboard, or hand writing your draft.

When outlining, you are essentially writing about what you intend to write about, seems redundant I know, but it works masterfully at keeping your keyboard humming.

A typical three hundred word article will genereally contain four or five paragraphs. If that’s what you are writing, start your outline with a sentence about the main idea you would like to share (your thesis), then write 3 or 4 thoughts that support your thesis, these will be developed into individual paragraphs. Conclude by writing a sentence about your closing paragraph; the final statement which should tie in to your original premise. – Research: The 3 and 5 Paragraph Thesis

3-Determine when Your Best Time to Write Is – For most of us, there are times of the day or evening, when we simply cannot get our thoughts together. During those times, it is generally futile to attempt to write “anything”, with the exception of maybe a reminder to finish your article later.

Determine what time of day you write the best, and try to perform the bulk of your writing activities during those hours. For me it is early in the morning, my writing day usually begins a couple of hours before the sun comes up. For some of you it may midnight. In my instance, by late evening I can barely remember my name, let alone how to write it down.

Each of us has their own time of day when we can write our best. Find the time when you do your best writing, and do the bulk of it during those hours. Thirty minutes of writing productivity is certainly more valuable than several hours of flawed attempts.

Bob Zau is a writer, blogger, and the co-founder of the blog Bzau.com – Where writers just like you, share their stories of how they made money writing online.

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Writing Your Way to a Mindful Existence

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the pressures of modern living? For some people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. They live life at a fast pace, constantly rushing to meet deadlines, complete tasks and fit as much as possible into their day.

Mindfulness is a way of slowing down and paying attention to the current moment and it can provide a vital break for those leading busy, stressful lives. It helps you to concentrate your attention on the here and now. It offers a way of focusing on your breath, your thoughts and feelings and your physical sensations at the present time.

Mindfulness is more than careful observation. It is also an attitude and an approach to life. It quietly acknowledges without seeking answers or questioning motives. It doesn’t judge. It’s about exploring the present moment with curiosity.

Practising mindfulness can give you more insight into your emotions, boost your attention and concentration and improve relationships. It is proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours and can even have a positive effect on physical health problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.

Another technique that has been found to produce significant improvements to physical and emotional health is expressive writing.

Expressive writing is very simply writing about your thoughts, feelings and experiences. The purpose of reflective writing is not to find answers, but rather to sit with the experience and change your relationship to it by translating it into words. Language is powerful; and through writing, previously unnamed anxieties become concrete, manageable fears.

So here we have two techniques, mindfulness and expressive writing, that have both been shown to improve health and well-being and provide us with a new focus and perspective. What other characteristics do they share?

Well, both practices involve self-directed attention and encourage a heightened awareness; both generate a sense of curiosity and require a particular form of non-judgemental observation.
Both mindfulness and expressive writing are approaches that help you transform implicit and unconscious thoughts, feelings, memories and perceptions into explicit and conscious ones. They provide you with a deeper understanding of yourself and allow you the time and space to attach words to experiences and perceptions, giving them a new identity.

When you start to explore these areas of your life, regardless of the method you use, you’ll start to find some incredible changes in your life. Relationships improve, stress reduces, overall mood improves, sleep gets better and your immune system strengthens, just to name a few. Overall, you’ll start to experience better emotional, psychological, social and physical health.

Expressive writing improves your mindfulness in a number of ways. It can lead to increased awareness, allowing you to gain insight into feelings and thoughts that you were previously unaware of. It allows you to confront your experiences safely by writing about them rather than talking, which can sometimes be more difficult.

One study found that individuals who received high mindfulness scores responded better to expressive writing. That is, if you are already ‘mindful’ or ‘mindfully aware’, you’ll get more benefit out of expressive writing than an individual with less mindfulness.

There are also particular writing exercises that can assist you to combine these two approaches – helping you to still your mind and observe yourself in the present moment through writing.

Try the mindfulness writing exercise outlined below:

Take some time out of your day and place a blank piece of paper and a pen in front of you. Observe carefully what is going on around you – the noises, the smells, the objects. Observe, but don’t let your story-telling mind take over. If you notice your mind drifting to past or future events, simply observe these thoughts, set them aside, and return to direct observation. Notice how your body feels, particularly any areas of stress or any aches and pains. Write down everything that you observe in the present moment.

Like mindfulness, writing is an activity that you can return to time and time again. Both require very little in the way of equipment or preparation, and they can help you to ground yourself and regain a sense of calm presence. Both offer a welcome escape from a busy, pressure filled world.

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How to Write and Sound Like A Professional Blogger

Blog Writing Should Be Fun

When writing content for a blog, it should be a fun deal. It’s fun because blog writing is different from all other forms of writing. Blogging is sort of like writing a journal. You can be coherent, textbook-ish, or be a smarty pants. Whichever form you choose it’s completely acceptable. There is a special “bloggery” tone that is pertinent in almost all blogs. I would compare this “bloggery” tone to how YouTubers create their videos. It has a very specific flavor and it always feels exactly the same.

For people who may have just started blogging, finding this tone of writing can be challenging. That’s because people take the writing part way too seriously.

But Don’t Forget the Usual Suspects

It’s understandable though that in any forms of writing it has to be done right. The obvious things are spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. That’s because if you neglect those things, people simply won’t understand what you’re saying. To add in the blogging flare in any niche or subject, you just have to let loose. Let your emotions write for you. Being too factual without any or little emotions will result in a stuffy or pretentious piece of writing,

Let’s Achieve “Bloggery 101”

To write in blog form means to write informally. To write informally is to write with freedom. Writing too consciously or too cautiously will disturb the creative freedom of your mind. You just need to be honest in words and emotions. Here are a few suggestions that allow great freedom in thought and emotions when writing.

  • Write with peace of mind
  • Do not write angry or with any negative emotions. This blocks creativity
  • Before writing, allow a form of inspiration to seep in your mind
  • Create a thorough style of tone that creates personality
  • Use a thesaurus and dictionary to pinpoint the words you need
  • Most of all, enjoy the subject you are writing about

How to Write Successful Content Even If the Subject Is Dry

Not everything you write is all about fun and entertainment. Some topics are just super boring or plain dry. Let’s take for example HTML, insurance, or jogging. Writing about any of these topics without sounding like a textbook can be very challenging. So how do we encounter this obstacle and give our readers a great experience?

First understand what it feels like to be the reader. How does it feel to read something about HTML or insurance. Is it fun or is it boring? If you are a webmaster learning about HTML then coding would be a fun topic. What if you’re an insurance guy who wants to learn about HTML? How then does your piece of writing come off to the insurance guy? Will the reader want to read until the end? Will they be bored to tears after the first paragraph? These questions matter because delivery is important.

How to Succeed With a Textbook-ish Content

Suggestively, when making blog content we want to pick a great angle. We can’t just dive into the subject like diving into concrete because it’s going to hurt. What we need to do is ease in the information. To be a great blogger is to “lay it out on ’em”. In english that means to write things simply and elaborately. Yes, simple and elaborate are two very opposite things. What this means though is this; Simple in explanation but elaborate in the method of explaining. So you have to go in and out, left and right to explain your cause to the reader. Doing this all in a simple minded type of language will yield the best result.

How to Keep What We’ve Learned

To remember what we’ve learned here let’s consider a method of practice. When writing, allow your heart and emotion to be involved. By doing this, it will allow you write wholly. Try to also practice creative writing. Write about things that come to mind. Don’t create borders or limitations to your practice. Make it fun and enjoyable. If you measure writing with a metronome or ruler, nobody will feel the life from your written words. There will be no imprint in the things you say on paper. It will be just as good as the algorithm used by an article spinner software.

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Writing Tips

Writing Projects on Outsourcing Sites

Outsourcing sites offer writing opportunities of every possible type. It is usually the way the writing is used that is different, rather than what is written. Also many of the writing projects are ghost writing projects where writers give your employers full copyright to use the material however they wish. This applies to articles, website content and to projects that involve the compilation and production of ebooks.

Here are some very basic writing tips.

Freelance Categories
All the established and reputable outsourcing sites offer freelance opportunities in a variety of categories. Writing is one category on its own and is commonly combined with translation. While some projects might combine photography and/or design work – like designing ebooks or supplying photographs for web sites – employers more commonly post these jobs in the design and multimedia category.

Guru’s writing category is titled Writing, Editing & Translation (though this is set to change soon to just writing and translation) and there are usually between 500 and 600 jobs available at any one time. Elance’s writing category is titled simply Writing & Translation, although editing is also included in the category. There are usually 750 to 800 of these jobs available at any one time.

Generally project types include:

  • writing articles of every conceivable type, including articles for Internet “magazines”,
  • copywriting,
  • sales writing,
  • technical writing,
  • creative writing,
  • press releases,
  • writing of resumes,
  • grant writing,
  • proposals,
  • writing for children,
  • writing web content for Internet sites, including articles,
  • writing blog posts,
  • writing, editing and rewriting ebooks,
  • producing newsletters,
  • creating speeches,
  • editing all types of writing done by others, and
  • translation from many different languages, for which there is a big demand.

Guru’s four most popular sub-categories (in terms of employer needs) are creative writing, web content, articles and press releases, and ghost writing and books – in that order. Elance’s two most popular categories are article writing and web content, followed by ebooks and blogs.

You don’t necessarily have to register with outsourcing sites to see exactly what jobs are on offer. You can browse sites and search for jobs and then click on some that interest you. This is an excellent way to get a feel for different sites, and ultimately decide which particular outsourcing site meets you personal needs.

However some sites do have restrictions. For example, while you can access all projects on Elance and some other sites, when you click on projects posted on Guru, you will need to sign in to view complete details. This means you will need to register, which is quick and easy and doesn’t cost any money. Once you register you will have access to all standard projects. Some employers post jobs for Guru Vendors only, which is a paid membership option.

I found it very frustrating when I first registered with Guru, because the vast majority of writing jobs were for Guru Vendors. I wasn’t prepared to opt for a paid membership without establishing whether or not the site worked for me. This is one of the reasons I have done much more work through Elance, and ironically now have paid membership with them. However in the past year the pattern on Guru has changed, and now most of the writing jobs are open to all members. Only a small number are for paying Gurus only.

But at least there is choice – and lots of it!

Penny Swift is a successful writer who has worked on national newspapers, magazines and authored dozens of books. She shares her experience and skills on a number of web sites that can be accessed via http://www.pennyswift.com

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