I don’t know about you, but as a writer I’m always looking for ideas for ways to be more productive – heck, I’m always looking for ways to be more productive in my life, not only as a writer. So I decided to find out what productivity tips other writers had by going on to one of my favorite sites, MyBlogU, and asking some of the writers there. Here are some of the productivity tips they had:
Q. What hacks or techniques do you use to achieve your word count goals?
A. David Leonhardt (President, THGM Writers)
My productivity tip is to turn on Netflix. Yes, turn Netflix ON.
(WARNING: This tip works only for parents.) I find that having Netflix on keeps the children from interrupting as often with “Daddy, look at this.” and “Daddy can you help me?” In fact, the kids are very good at running marathons on Netflix, watching several seasons of a show in rapid-fire order. And that allows me to be a more productive writer.
(WARNING: Turning Netflix on if you are not a parent could result in LESS productivity.)
A. Leigh Langston (Dangerous Lee) (Publisher/Author/ Web Content Creator, Marketing & Distribution)
I’ll tell you what I did when I was writing my first book, Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down – Six erotic tales of safe sex: Write when you’re at your day job. I did! Of course I made sure that I did my job but there is always downtime in life. Use it to reach another goal.
A. Steve Counsell (Mr)
I found that working on a word count goal pretty tricky to begin with but soon found that if I just focused on the detail of the subject I could be quite prolific in my writing. The word count went up for every article I produced. Bringing in detailed explanation of the concepts that you’re writing about and then expanding that detail into plain english explanations can be a real boon if you;re struggling to get up to a specified word count.
However, I do find it a little more challenging to cut words out once I have produced, what I see as, a great peice. It’s painful to chop great chunks out but it can be done.
For my serious writign I use a application called “Typed” in full screen mode. There are absolutely no distractions from the words on the page which is really useful. I turn off email and notifications, turn off mu phones and sit in a quiet space so that I can fully concentrate on the job at hand.
I use Typed as it allows me to write plain text and is a full “Markdown” html editor so it’s easier for me to translate into web copy if I need to.
In short I write about concepts, expand those into plain english and then cut back on those plain english expansions when I go over the word count I have been allowed.
A. Kari (Blogger And Writer)
Whether I am writing an eBook, an article for someone else, or a blog post for myself, I always try to beef up the word count in a way that (hopefully) still engages readers.
Unfortunately, my brain can only think of so many subtopics and points, so to achieve my word count goals, I plug in my keyword or topic into Twitter and Google, and then I skim through the results. Certain ideas always pop out and inspire me to research and add new ideas to my eBook, article, or post. And usually just one idea can bulk up the content by 500-1000 words.
A. Lukasz Zelezny (Head of Organic Acquisition)
I don’t believe in setting word counts when you are writing a blog post. Is there any such thing as a good word count? Some topics can be covered adequately in just a couple hundred words, whilst others can be as many as 1000, and others may need to be split into parts in order not to overwhelm the audience all in one go.
I’ve spoken to a lot of new bloggers who have asked me how they can increase their word counts to at least 500 words. If you are asking this question, you don’t know enough about a topic to be able to write about it adequately. Read more on the topic you want to cover, and see if there are any other angles that you could look at it. It’s always good to have numerous sources of information at hand so that you can have a sustained opinion.
Bloggers, stop thinking about word counts, and start thinking about what is natural, and what your audience wants to read. Don’t add fluff to an article just to make it longer – it will only distract away from the message you are trying to give, and your readers will lose interest.
For a blogger it can be hard to produce content week after week. I find that I am much more consistent if I have a system in place. I keep blogging ideas and stubs on Trello.com to “prime the pump,” and a paper editorial calendar to schedule posting. That way I know what’s coming up and can plan out what I’m publishing. I do my best to publish my posts on Mondays and Thursdays. This is scheduled in my time manager along with blog writing the day before.
Every blogger should have an editorial calendar whether it is paper or online along with a system to support their publishing consistently.
I hope you’ve found these productivity tips helpful – if you have any that have worked for you, please feel free to comment below.