I’m back today to help you with your writing. Even if you like to use PLR for the majority of the content on your blog, there are going to be moments when you need to some writing on your own. This might be blog posts when you can’t find the PLR you need, editing your current PLR, or writing your emails.
I put together some tips based on things I personally use, and that I highly recommend others try out. You definitely don’t have to follow every single one of them, since we’re all different, but these are things I do on a daily basis.
1. Write Your Intro Last
One of the first things I learned in my writing career is that I have trouble starting things. It doesn’t matter if it is the intro for a blog post, the first line in an eBook, or the first sentence for an email I send out. I really struggle with those first few sentences. So, what do I do? I skip it and do it last!
If you are someone that takes longer to write simply because you don’t know how to start, then skip it for now and write the easiest part of the content. This might some of the headers and sections, or even the conclusion. Plus, once the rest of the content is done, the intro paragraph is actually much easier to write since you know what angle the content has taken.
2. Find Your Writing Sweet Spot
One of the biggest surprises in my writing career is the fact that apparently I’m a morning person. I used to be a “Wake up at noon and still be tired” type of person. I have no idea how I became someone who loves getting up early and working right away. When I started my full-time freelance career in 2010, I figured out pretty quickly that I no longer minded getting up early. I actually quite enjoy it. It’s something about those first few hours of the day before everyone is up, when the dogs are still too tired to want to play, and it’s dark and quiet, that is optimal for me.
But this isn’t true for everyone. You have to find your own writing sweet spot. This is the time of the day, the situation, and the environment most conducive for writing. Not just when you feel more productive, but when your brain and body can work together to get the writing done. I go through phases throughout the day. I like to do most of my PLR writing in the morning, which is when I can get it done quickly and the quality is always better. At night, I am better with the more creative and humorous writing, so this is when I do my emails.
You have to really listen to your mind and body, experiment, and figure out when and where your writing is best.
3. Ignore the Errors for Now
It is tempting to correct errors you make while writing, but I personally believe it interrupts your flow. You may have other writers who prefer to correct as they go so that they have less proofreading to do later, but I find it to take away from my work. If I am constantly fixing typing errors or changing my word usage, it gets me out of the writing mindset. I find that it works much more efficiently if I just leave them, keep writing, then fix them all at the end. At the very least, just fix the errors after each section instead of after every single word or sentence.
4. Research and Outline Beforehand
Before you write, make sure you know exactly what you’re writing about. You would actually be surprised by how many people write a blog post or article or other type of content while researching. I don’t understand this concept, I’ll be honest. It makes no sense to me.
What I do is work in batches, whether it’s all the articles for a PLR pack or a set of 5-10 for larger bundles and launches. I research everything, then I outline each article I am working on. By the time I’m ready to write, I just work one section at a time until I’m done. It is so much easier.
5. Improve Your Typing Skills
When you can, I would try to work on your typing speed if you think there is room for improvement. There isn’t going to be a magical typing speed that is ideal, but you could always type a little faster. I think a big reason I can get a lot done is because I do tend to type of the faster end of the spectrum. And all you really need is practice! The only reason I can type 100+ wpm is because I worked several years of data entry followed by 10 years of writing. That is a LOT of practice.
To test your speed, I always recommend typingtest.com. They have different tests to choose from, it’s always free, and it is also good for practicing.
6. Write in a Smaller Font
This is one of those tips you might find to be a little strange, but I’m also a little strange, so it makes sense. When I am done with my PLR, I always change it to Arial 12. This is a good standard font size and one that is easy to read. Plus, if anyone ever prints out something I write, it looks great on paper.
The problem is that when I am writing at such a large font, it just distracts me. I have no idea why. I prefer to keep Microsoft Word at the standard Calibri 11 that it is on when you first open up the document. It’s not so much in your face and it is easier to separate paragraphs into reasonable lengths. Again, I know this is odd, but it totally helps me.
7. Minimize ALL Distractions
I think one of the hardest parts about writing is that there are a million distractions. You could be writing PLR, an email, or a novel, and the distractions are just as frustrating. If you have finally found your groove and your magical writing zone, the last thing you want to do is keep getting interrupted.
I recommend shutting down and turning off everything. The only thing you should have open on your computer is your word processing program. Turn off your phone, close all the apps on your laptop, close down the browser, turn off the TV. Since all your researching is done, the browser should not be necessary.
8. Read it Out Loud Before Publishing
When you get to the end of writing your content, you will then read it through a few times to catch any errors you might have missed. You can either do this manually or by using your word processor’s Spell Check function. However, I still recommend reading it through one more time, preferably out loud, or at least without skimming. Read it like you would a novel.
This helps you catch a lot of minor errors or things you want to change. You might have used a word too often, want to adjust some sentence structure, or change your voice in one of the sections. So much can be fixed just by reading your own stuff.
*9. Run it Through Copyscape
Always remember to run your completed content through Copyscape before publishing! Copyscape is only 5 cents for each time you check something and is well worth it. I know there are other plagiarism checkers, but I find this one to be the most accurate. Even if you didn’t plagiarize, sometimes your sentences can be too similar to something already on the internet, and it creates a problem.
That’s it. I hope this helped!