I gotta tell you . . . writing is one thing about being on web that I just donít enjoy as much as, say, installing and testing scripts or designing a web site. Writing has always been a chore for me. Those of you who have been subscribers for a while know this by amount of time that goes by between my newsletters ;-).
Even this one Ė Iíve been hemming and hawing for more than a week now just trying to decide on a subject.
It has been said in so many places that to put out a newsletter is easy because of amount of fr*e content thatís available on net. And I suppose thatís true. I could peruse net and find articles Ė in fact, I DO. All my newsletters contain an article I have read and particularly enjoy.
But I still feel that itís necessary to contribute something original. There are several reasons for this: Credibility Ė Why would people want to read your newsletter when you donít even contribute to it yourself?
Content Ė If you write your own articles, then you are guaranteed to have fresh content.
Visibility Ė Once you start writing articles, you will get to point where you will start to submit them to ezines, article databases, etc. This is a great traffic builder!
Anyone who reads my articles knows Ė I am no writer. Iíll never win any awards. But each one I write gets a little easier. Even a little more fun. You start to realize that you really do have something to say. You even start to believe that what you have to say has an impact on SOME one. That maybe one or two of your readers become inspired through one of your articles. Thatís where rush is for me.
My problem is imagination. Or lack of one, really. I find it hard to come up with an article idea. Even in this day and age of information at your fingertips you still need to sit and brainstorm for ideas. For me this is hardest part of writing. Itís amazing, though, once you have found subject you want to write about how it will just flow once you start.
Over time I have learned a few tips about preparing your next article or ezine. Some of these tips come from numerous books I have read on subject Ė rest from personal trial and error.
1. Always carry a small notebook and pencil or pen. This tip I think has helped me most. There are times when an idea will pop in to your head, but by time you get home Ė poof! Itís gone. With this handy little tool you can write down your ideas as they come. A small recorder will do same thing.
2. Schedule yourself brainstorming time. You really need to make a conscious effort to brainstorm. If you plan this first, you will find yourself thinking ahead and putting yourself in right frame of mind to do this.
3. Create right environment. It is very important to create best environment for yourself. I prefer shutting door to my office, with my light snack and bottle of water. I prefer doing this at night, after everyone is in bed. I also enjoy some soothing backround music Ė either easy listening jazz or baroque.