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Write Something Every Day

Develop the habit of writing every day.  List thoughts and ideas for future hubs.  Write about things you are passionate and/or expert about.
Develop the habit of writing every day. List thoughts and ideas for future hubs. Write about things you are passionate and/or expert about. | Source

Introduction - Write Every Day

Being a writer is not for the faint of heart. There's just no time to sit around and rest on your laurels. If you want to increase your monthly pay-out you must keep writing. Write something every day even if it's just a thought or an idea.

Write about things you know. Your passion and expertise on your subject are crucial. Displayed throughout your content, it is the thread that keeps the reader stimulated.

If I've learned anything about writing it's to develop original, unique, high quality content. This requires trust and confidence in oneself.

And learn to revise your work...again...and again. This will turn mediocrity into greatness.

So if you're ready to stretch your wings and fly, let's go!

Eleven Tips On Writing To Get You Started

Here are eight important tips to consider when writing:

  • The Title - When editing/revising your title, make sure it isn't too long or broad. Be specific when writing the title. This will also help to increase your traffic (viewers.)
  • Answer the question found in your title early. This captures the attention of the reader right away and they are more likely to stay with you to the end of your article or blog.. During my early years as a writer I made the mistake of beginning my blog with a long, tedious introduction. It took me way to long to get to the point. Live up to the promise you make to your reader - the sooner the better.
  • Write a minimum of 500 words with useful content that keeps the reader interested.
  • When revising your blog or article, be sure all content is fresh and up to date. Nothing will lose a reader as fast as out-dated content.
  • Key Word Stuffing - Avoid this like the plague. Google looks at this as spam. You may not even realize you're doing this so always double check your work.
  • Always check your spelling. There is nothing that cries out amateur like a misspelled word. Use the spell check provided in the tool bar and if you need to, google a word for correct spelling.
  • Articles with photos rate better. Remember to use photos approved for public domain and always give correct attribution. Your own original photos are best. Keep your camera handy wherever you go. A picture really is worth a thousand words and helps the reader to use their imagination and even feel the emotion you are trying to convey within the blog.
  • Videos - Good, relevant videos complete your answer to the title question. Select those that are top quality and on good authority. But don't make your entire hub videos alone.
  • Add additional content - Adding even one paragraph with interesting new content will make a difference in bringing in more traffic.
  • Resources - Give credit where credit is due. List all resources and include links. And listing books to read and additional information may help your blog score better.
  • Include a poll and/or map when you revise or create your article. This is another way to keep your readers interested.
  • Floating a capsule - Float a capsule to the right highlighting the points of your blog for giving additional information.
  • Summarizing - Make your summary clear and to the point. Using bullets helps to attract the reader.
  • Comments - Thank your readers and invite them to leave a comment.
  • Proofread - Finally, proof read your entire blog at least two times. Do this carefully before submitting or re-submitting your revision.

Helpful Instruction For Writers

Edit/Revise Your Hubs Often

To revise means to 'look again'. After you complete your hub be sure to read it completely through at least once.

  • Does your opening paragraph grab your reader's attention?
  • Have you given enough examples?
  • Do your paragraphs flow well from one to another?
  • Does your summary list key points?

When you edit and revise a hub you become a better writer. Make it a practice to revise your hubs often.

Visit the Hubpages Learning Center for tutorials and community discussions.

Tip Twelve - Have a Plan For Writing

In order to succeed,you have to have a plan. To just blindly jump into any challenge just isn't enough. Taking time to prepare your strategy not only assures you of success, but saves you time in the long run.

  • Begin by making a list of topics to write about
  • After saving the titles in word, began to build a brief outline.
  • You may change the title at any time as you build your content.

When an idea comes to you jot those ideas down. Sometimes inspiration can come to you when you're driving, watching television, on a walk or while reading a book. It may even wake you in the middle of the night.

Set aside a window of time each day to devote to writing. I find that if I do some form of activity to get my heart rate up just before sitting down to my desk, the juices begin to flow. There are times when my mind is so filled with inner dialogue, I can't write fast enough.

Seven More Tips - Self Discipline Will Bring Success To The Writer

Completing any challenge requires self discipline. There will always be distractions. So how can we focus on the business-at-hand and avoid getting distracted?

  • Setting aside a specific time to write. During this time, do not get side-tracked with anything else. Devote this period of time to writing. Use discipline and keep your mind on writing only.
  • Avoid distractions. Do not be tempted to open your email, read other articles, check your scores or your traffic. The period of time you have set aside for writing must involve only writing.
  • Do not answer the phone. Before you begin writing, turn off the ringer on the telephone and set the volume to low or quiet. Completely turn off your cell phone.
  • Family interruptions. If at all possible, find a time to write when you are alone. Gently explain to members of the household that you need their cooperation during your time for writing. Explain to them that you will need to concentrate for the next hour (or your designated time), and you must not be interrupted during this time.
  • Drinks. Keep water or other liquid (no alcohol) at your desk.
  • Take a break. Every so often, get up from your chair and stretch your back and legs. Take a nice full deep breath 3 or 4 times, letting the air out slowly. This will re-energize your brain and help with circulation. If you like walk a few steps back and forth.
  • Blink every once-in-awhile. This reduces strain on the eyes.

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Twelve Final Tips to Keep You Writing

  • The plan is to keep writing and if you can't find the time, start with just 15 minutes.
  • Instead of trying to write your entire content, start by writing the subheads. Once these are established you can go back at another time and fill in the details.
  • Writing a complete article can be somewhat over-whelming. Developed good, strong subheads. They're worth spending a little more time and are instrumental in keeping your readers from straying.
  • Keep your writing simple. Let it flow.
  • When you get stuck, try switching genres like writing a poem. It helps to keep a file on quotes, poetry, art or anything that will ignite your imagination. Use your creativity.
  • Allow your ideas to incubate. Let them sit for a few days and add more ideas as they come to you.
  • Avoid perfectionism which takes up too much time.
  • Add a dominant photo to your article. This helps to grab the readers attention.
  • Use bullet points or number lists.
  • Edit, edit, edit. Check your spelling and grammar.
  • If you use quotes use them sparingly.
  • Be sure your subheads are informative

Summary - Key Points to Review For The Writer In You

  • To succeed in writing more articles, you must have a plan.
  • Write every day.
  • Use self discipline and focus when writing.
  • Write strong subheads.
  • Keep the content simple but strong.
  • Avoid perfectionism. This wastes time.
  • Develop original and unique content.

The faster you are able to write your articles the more you can produce which helps to increase your earnings.

Thank you for joining me. I'd love to hear your comments.

A Book For All Writers - Very Low Price

The Elements of Style
The Elements of Style

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. is a prescriptive American English writing style guide comprising eight "elementary rules of usage", ten "elementary principles of composition", "a few matters of form", a list of 49 "words and expressions commonly misused", and a list of 57 "words often misspelled".

In 2011, Time magazine listed The Elements of Style as one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923.

 

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Charlotte B Plum profile image

Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

Hey Vocalcoach! I'll be supporting you as you do this challenge! And I will be waiting to read your hubs too! Go for it, aaaaalllll the way!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

You know what, Coach? Your lovely face and sweet enthusiasm inspires me to do better!

(And look at the charming face of Cloverleaf! How could anyone not love her, too? She reminds me of my beloved daughter, Sophia!)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

WillStarr - Your lovely daughter Sophia, must be your pride and joy. And isn't it the truth about Cloverleaf? As you have said, how could anyone not love her. And, I might add...how can anyone not love WillStarr? I do! So glad this is inspiring to you. Thanks, my amazing friend.


Philzgrill 5 years ago

great article, you've inspired me to think about the 30 day challenge and go after it. thanks!phil


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

WhooHoo, I am happy for you and proud of you!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Vocalcoach - you are an inspiration - and I am going to follow suit. I love a good challenge am I am just now starting to feel like I might be able to do it.....ohhhhh and I'd love to link one of your hubs to mine - receiving negative criticism. Would that be ok with you?

I adore your spirit and within the first two paragraphs of this hub you had me hooked with the idea!!


Jt Walters 5 years ago

Hi VocalCoach,

I always love your articles. Is the challenge formal? Because I think I have been doing these challenges all along without being formally involved.

I think it is brilliant to write down all your article ideas. I do that and then I do outlines as well. I add a bit of research and a picture or two and it all comes together.

I look forward to following you on your journey of your challenge.

All My Best,

JT

PS

I haven't been commenting as much on other hubs because I have been averaging 50 hubs a month.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

I love your suggestion for creating a word document for hub ideas which can be useful even if a hubber isn't currently doing the challenge.

I also like the fact that you gave credit to fellow hubber, Cloverleaf, for being your inspiration.

Good luck on your new challenge and hope you're able to reach your goals this time.


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tamron 5 years ago

Never give up! You can do it! We will be there when at the finish!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

tamron - I won't give up, altho it is tempting when my brain goes to sleep. :) I'll see you at the finish my friend!

Happyboomernurse - So grate to be wished "good luck" by you. I will try my best and persavere. If this were easy, there would be no growth, right? Thanks, dear one.

J T - Wow, 50 hubs a month! Terrific. Go to darkside in the forums and join this 30 day challenge. You'll be great! Thanks for the support.

Realhousewife - I hope things are finally going better for you and that your uncle is healing. You are one of my favorite heroes on hubpages.

I so appreciate your linking to my hub on handling negativity on hubpages. How very generous of you! You will do so well on the 30 day hub challenge with your natural gift of writing.

Bless you each day with peace and joy!

Hyphenbird - As busy as you are, you still find time to support me with just the right words. I find strenght in your words and comfort in your sweetness. Thank you!

philzgrill - Thrilled to hear that my hub inspires you to take the hub challenge. You can do this! I will be cheering you on, my friend. Thanks!


Susieq42 5 years ago

Just keep telling yourself, "I can do it, I can do it!" Then you will!!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Susie - "I can do it, I can do it!" Love it and believe me, I will be repeating this every minute of everyday.

Thank you so much. Your support helps me to sprout wings and fly!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I was inspired by Cloverleaf's post this week, too! Good luck with the challenge! I'll be here reading all the way through it.


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chinemeremz 5 years ago

This challenge is really worth taking, though I for once has never embarked on it. But I believe it is an exercise that'll bring in more visibility, prominence and more cash for the hubber. Hubs performance on the search engine has been really abysmal and it my believe that a challenge like this can help bring in some juice after the panda slap.

All that matters now is writing quality stuff while on this challenge.

All the best as I forward to reading about your experience after this wonderful ride.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

You go Girl, you can do it! If i thought it would increase my vocabulary--- No i'm too lazy, but i love yout companions. HaHa


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

I'd do it just for the dark chocolate-covered strawberries. Ha! I'll be chanting for the Little engine that could -- You can do it!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Ruby - Thanks for cheering me on. I'm brain dead. Really needed your encouragement. Only published 2 hubs and am already tired:) I need a hug!

Truckstop Sally - I can do it! I can do it! You've given me a "power chant". Wonderful! And, replacing the dark covered strawberries today with carrot sticks :)

Thanks for being on my cheerleading team. You're the best!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Write about the sun! How it provides energy to all life and Vitamin D and makes us happy and even causes the sunflower to raise her face in wonder.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Vocalcoach - you possess so many gifts and talents, but one of the most amazing is your ability to make people feel special!!! That is why you have always been a hub hero.

I hope everything is going in an upward direction for your too gorgeous:)!!!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Charlotte - Wow! I really feel your support for me on this quest. Its awesome to find someone like you. You deserve to be a real success here on HP, and I know that you will. Many thanks!


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allpurposeguru 5 years ago from North Carolina

I can't help noticing that everyone who makes good money here has a lot more hubs than I do. I have four blogs to feed, and so write four posts every week. I'm also trying to get an affiliate marketing site off the ground. I don't know when I'll be able to take anything like a 30-day challenge, but I'm certainly hunting for a systematic way to turn blog posts and other things I've already written into hubs.

I'm rooting for you. We have some important common interests. Now, I'm going to have to go back and follow your links to see what other hubbers I can discover and what other ideas I can pick up. I'm bookmarking this one.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

allpurposeguru - I so understand where you're coming from. You have much on your plate. As I try to figure out how this all works (hub scoring, ratings, traffic, making a few bucks), I am finding that rich content and bringing traffic to my hubs is key. I know that keywords are important, but I'm still working on that aspect.

I really want to complete this 30 day challenge. It isn't easy for me. And knowing you're in my corner really helps. Thank you for that. We do have some important common interests and that feels good :)

I appreciate your following my links and will do what I can to drive traffic to your hubs. Thanks too, for bookmarking. You're a true friend!


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CountryCityWoman 5 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

Thank you! You have truly inspired me. What I will do is increase my hubbing this month and prepare for the 30 day challenge next month. It does taking preparation. I'm getting topics together.

I am actually earning good money with hubpages - better than with AdSense. And more quality hubs means more money - and there is nothing wrong with that.

Thanks for the inspiration! Yay and rated way up!


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courtlneygdtm 5 years ago from United States

Good for you! I was also inspired by cloverleaf's story. Kudos to you for going for it. I wish you the best of luck!

--courtlneygdtm


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I know you will make a success out of this challenge and I will be reading with joy and cheering you on!

Great inspiration also:)

Tina


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Audrey, I am very excited for you, good luck with the challenge, we shall be supporting you, and with you every inch of the way!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

You are an inspiration, vocal! I wish you all the best in this personal challenge! Voted UP & UABI, mar.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Audrey,

I'm so excited for you that you are embarking on the challenge once again - and you're well on your way by writing 4 already!!! And over the Labour Day weekend, too! Now that's determination for you :-)

What a lovely surprise to see that you had mentioned me and my own 30 Day Challenge, thank you for writing such wonderful comments. I am very happy that I have inspired you to do the challenge again!!

I know that your determination will pay off - you've written a list of topics and have also listed a great list of reasons why you want to achieve your goal. And now you are well on your way!!! I am looking forward to seeing you in the challenge forum...I've been looking for you, but haven't seen you over there yet!!

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/18049?page=133

Voted this UP UP UP!!!! Go for it!

All the best,

Cloverleaf.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hello VC,

Well, now that it is September 6 and I didn't even know there was a challenge going on, I guess I missed it, ha! Seriously, I am not in the right frame of mind for this type of challenge currently, and I envy those that are. I wish you the best - I believe you will make it this time. Good luck!

Sharyn


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MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

Go! Go! Go! Sounds like fun, VC! I might join you. Am a newbie at blogging and have lots to learn. By the way, thank you for mentioning about link ... I still don't know how to do it, but I will learn of it soon. Also about Cloverleaf ... Thanks and I hope you win !!!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I think it is always useful to challenge yourself. Whether you actually succeed or not, the stretch makes you taller.


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colpolbear 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Hey. Good for you! This seems like a great goal. I'll try it out as soon as school is over and I'm sure I won't have to cut into "study time." Great hub and great inspiration!


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nArchuleta 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Thank you for your great advice. Sometimes I have trouble making myself STOP writing -- Lindemann meowing for his food often reminds me. :) I also like your idea about switching between genres.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

nArchuleta - Hi there. So nice to see you here. I know what you mean about Lindemann meowing for his food. I have one too :) Actually, it's a good time to take a break and rest my back. Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing you again!


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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Writing everyday is what I need to do. Couple this with a plan and I ma sure this will help me move towards success faster. Thank you for your tips.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

aesta1

I'm glad to know that my hub has given you help for writing hubs as well as revising older hubs. Very nice to see you here and thanks for following me. Audrey

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