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How to Write Multiple Articles in One Day: Tips for Freelance Writers

Updated on February 16, 2012
You can earn money writing articles online!
You can earn money writing articles online!

Writing for Money Can Be Mentally Draining at Times

Are you a web content writer who wants to make more money writing online? As you know, working as a freelance writer offers a certain amount of flexibility that traditional jobs lack; however, it can be frustrating, tiring, and downright tedious at times. Especially on the days you're suffering from writer's block or just plain don't feel like writing.

So how can you stay motivated to write multiple articles in one day, especially when your income depends on it? Some writers create articles and stories for fun and personal fulfillment; however, you probably aren't one of them if you're reading this article. If you enjoy writing for money, follow the tips below to stay motivated.

Keep Notebooks and Pens in Each Room

You never know when creativity will strike, so be prepared. It's a good idea for freelance writers to keep notebooks in their car, purse, or backpack. There's nothing worse than trying to jot down your brilliant ideas with a pen that is out of ink, so keep several near each notebook.

View Every Mundane Task as a Potential Article

Maybe you think that everybody already knows how to remove rust from their kitchen sink or bake lasagna. They don't. Set aside at least one day a week to write down each and every single thing that you do; you should end up with at least 5 quality article ideas.

Set Attainable Goals

How many articles can you easily write per day? Be honest with yourself.

Just because you regularly read posts in forums from freelance writers who write 10 or 20 articles per day doesn't mean that you can achieve the same goals. Maybe you have small children running around or an elderly parent to care for. Maybe your neighbors blast music all day and let their dog bark loudly outside of your window. Maybe you just can't mentally handle writing 10 articles per day.

That's okay. Figure out what you can handle and set a goal for yourself. A goal of 2 articles per day is still better than a goal of 0.

Just don't set your goals too high. You want to be an achiever, not an overachiever. If you set goals that are unattainable (or that you kill yourself to reach), you'll end up feeling depressed and angry- and your writing will suffer. Don't do that to yourself.

Decide How Much Time You Want to Spend Writing Articles Each Day

When you're a writer, it's easy to let writing consume your life. Set time limits for yourself, and stick to them. Whether you write for 30 minute blocks of time or decide upon 8 hours a day, put yourself on some sort of a schedule. Writing for the internet is a job; treat it as one. Make sure to take frequent breaks.

Keep Up With Current Events- And the Kardashians

If your articles are outdated and boring, your target audience will be as well.  I don't know many boring people, so your page views will suffer.  If your income as a writer is largely dependent on earnings from Google Adsense or Amazon, you cannot allow your page views to drastically drop.

Utilize Social Networking Sites

Facebook can be a great way to waste your day, but it can also be a goldmine for web content writers.  Did Susie break up with Johnny...again?  Write an article on failed relationships.  Did Jamie post an interesting tweet about the increasing crime rate for your city?  That could make an excellent article.  Are you sick of seeing your 13 year old cousin post bikini pics on Myspace?  Other people are probably experiencing the same thing; get your pen and paper ready.  Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace can be a writer's best friend.

Get Out of the House

Freelance writing is not limited to your bedroom or home office, even if you don't have a laptop.  Grab a notebook (whether it's the old fashioned kind filled with paper, or your mini computer) and head to the park, a coffee shop, or any other place that strikes your interest.  Sometimes a change in environment can help destroy writer's block.

Take a Break

Watch TV, listen to music, or dance around your bedroom.  You're allowed to do things other than write articles all day.  Demand Studios, HubPages, or Constant Content will still be there when you return.  I promise.

Don't Force Yourself

Your life won't end if you only write 1 (or zero) articles today.  Tomorrow's a new day.

Final Thoughts

Remember, there's only one person who can make sure that you are a successful freelance writer: YOU.  If the tips above don't help, don't give up.  You'll figure out a way to make your writing career work for you.


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    • ChristyWrites profile image

      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very useful tips - thanks! Pinned too.

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      Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      I like your tips.

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      SKCandles 5 years ago from Canada

      having a pen and paper is handy! I always have my phone handy so in a pinch, I will email myself my ideas

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      Pikkles 5 years ago from Gloversville, New York

      Great hub ! Thank you....very useful advice

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      Bethany Lynn 6 years ago

      Very useful hub! Thank you for sharing your nuggets of wisdom with us:) Can't wait to incorporate some of these tips in my writing schedule.

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      Keri Summers 6 years ago from West of England

      Up and useful. Great, sensible advice. It's sometimes hard to know how to switch off. I do believe a well-rested writer is a better writer, but it can be difficult to give yourself that permission sometimes, to take time out, and get into a different space, mentally and/or physically. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

      Excellent advice and tips! I especially liked the notebook humor - spending a day at a local park watching the ducks and observing people can really get your inspiration ramped up. Voted up!

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      Thank you for all of the kind comments, guys! I'm so glad that so many of you enjoyed this hub about writing multiple articles in one day. And Millionaire Tips, excellent! Thank you! I will have to stop by and check out your hub soon.

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      Sunnyglitter, every week I write a hub that lists my favorites of all the hubs I read that week. I wanted to let you know that this hub is on this week's list! Congrats!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You didn't say so in so many words but implied it with goal setting and setting time limits: set a regular schedule for writing. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      alisha4u 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great Hub. Very informative.

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      Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi Sunnyglitter, Great article filled with great tips. Thanks for sharing with the HP community! Voted up, and useful!

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      VendettaVixen 6 years ago from Ireland

      Fantastic idea for a hub, and executed perfectly.

      Thanks for the suggestions - I'm only just getting into online article writing, so I don't have a lot of experience, but one thing I've noticed isthat you need to be careful not to overdose on it. At first I wrote maybe 14-18 articles in a week, and after a while even the thought of sitting down in front of a keyboard made me shudder.

      Anyway, this was a very enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing.

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      This is great common-sense advice for writers. When I started, I really had a hard time stopping to take breaks and walk away. Now I'm trying to find a better balance, and your hub explains just how to do that! Voted up.

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      Mary Wickison 6 years ago from Brazil

      You have given a lot of good advice here. Often I see articles that say, 'if you aren't creating a certain number of pages, you might as well give up.' I hate negative pages like that. Thank you for keeping it positive.

      You are right about keeping pen and paper handy, I always seem to come up with brilliant ideas when I don't have them to hand.

      Great hub.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub! Useful for new writers.

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      Jennifer Hall 6 years ago from Florida

      Great article. I have only been writing for a few months. Your tips are great and really helpful. I have also learned to keep a notepad and pen on my bedside table. My best ideas seem to pop up in the middle of the night. Happy Writing!

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      Thank you, guys! I hope that all of you have a productive day! Good luck!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Love the advice! Very practical and useful. Thank you!

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      DaisyChain 7 years ago from France

      10 or 20 articles a day? It takes me two days min to write about something I already know about. Takes an hour or two just to load up capusles and pics on HubPages! Slow or what? Many thanks for the tips and inspiration to speed up.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      loved your hub...really easy to read and informative...simple points that i can relate to and put into practice...thanks..kgr

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      FGual 7 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing all these writing tips. A bad case of writer's block and grasping for articles ideas are recurring problems we have to deal with.

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      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

      Thanks for the comments, guys. I hope that everybody has found these tips for writing multiple articles in one day helpful. If there are any writing tips that I forgot, feel free to add them here!

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      Gina 7 years ago

      Great article and so true!! :)

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      Dennysmith 7 years ago

      Very useful hub. I like especially the comment that the only person who can make you a successful writer - or not - is YOU.

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      guardyourselfnow 7 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much Sunnyglitter I love the name it fits your photo. I Thank God for my iPhone to help me remember what I am thinking by my audio memo. I am no pro writer it take me so much time to write, I am so jealous of people that can just sit down and write 3 or 4 Articles, Your tips have given me things to think about I will start my year off on a good writing note. Thanks so much

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      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

      Thanks guys! AdventureCyclist, I am the same way. PurpleOne, viewing every mundane task as a potential hub has really helped me a lot. I have a whole notebook filled with article ideas now, and I turn to it when I feel like writing but can't think of what to write about.

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      Spider Girl 7 years ago from the Web

      Great article!

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      Dave Briggs 7 years ago

      A great little article there.

      I have spent the last few months freelance writing myself, and some days i can knock out 1000 orginal word + an hour, and other times i just sit staring at the screen!

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      PurpleOne 7 years ago from Canada

      I still have yet to churn out more than a few hubs a week, at best. Thanks for the helpful tips! I agree especially with the first one that you have to really view every mundane task as a potential hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great Article thanks for writing it!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thanks for the great tips on how to write multiple articles in one day.

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      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Practical advice and well written hub. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you much success on your writing endeavors. Rated up and awesome

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      dswan9 7 years ago from Amsterdam and London

      excellent advice. I am trying to earn my living writing anything but I am finding it quite difficult.thanks

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      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

      Thanks for the comments, FloBe and PaulaHenry1! I'm glad that you found the tips to be helpful. I love being a freelance writer, but it can be very stressful at times.

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      PaulaHenry1 7 years ago from America

      Awesome! Thanks for the advice- very helpful!

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      Flo Belanger 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You have given some very practical advice to help people become successful freelance writers. Not to let discouragement or overachieving failure stop a person from continuing in this quest is perhaps the key.