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Writing and Submitting Articles is More about Psychology than Writing Skill
I’ve discovered that even when a person understands benefits from writing and submitting articles, there’s seldom a snowball’s chance in h*ll that they’ll do it. Psychologists have a word for it - it’s called resistance.
The mind may know, even agree. But for most people a negative mental loop gets in way of actually writing. People have long-practiced justifications why they can’t write. Writing seems to be filed in same part of brain as high school term papers or things you’d rather avoid. So there’s a major disconnect with article marketing. "I know I should, but..."
It’s like back when you were a kid, and never got around to writing Aunt Sylvia to thank her for ugly sweater. Thoughts about sweater or Aunt Sylvia brought a flicker of guilt - which faded in time. But without creating urge to write long-avoided note. That mentality is alive and well.
Recognize Your Mental Resistance as Self-Defeating
Though I spend more time writing and submitting articles than most, some days it’s a struggle. And numerous conversations with business owners who want to build site traffic show they don’t comprehend value of article marketing either. But acting like issue is writing skill ignores mind games going on.
Even though I’ve written books and articles for pay, first articles I wrote for Internet were horror stories. I’d "sweat bullets" and fiddle with them for weeks.
Finally my son, journalist, said. "Mom, you’re trying to pack everything you know into one article. Stop it! Just give them a sample of what you know that’s helpful and new. Then write another one." Let me offer you same advice. Just start.
Favorite Excuses - Any of them Yours?
1. I’m too busy and don’t have time Which really means its not a priority. Everyone’s too busy, doing what they consider most important. Writing almost never passes that test - even if you’re good at it. Instead of making a big deal of it, make a very small deal of it. Write down something; anything. Don’t criticize your efforts. The challenge isn’t about what’s written, but about not being buffaloed by undertaking. Set your standard low - a paragraph or two. And keep at it - a crumb at a time. Learn to make it shine in re-write.