Planning increases your chances of success
Have you ever heard of the saying, "If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail"?
This applies to writing as well. As I continue to look for ways to keep myself knowledgeable and consistent on writing content I never thought that mapping out a plan to keep my desire to create content was important. After a year of only writing a few personal articles on how I'd become a great writer I just realized that I needed a roadmap on what exactly I would write about after finding Infobarrel. Most importantly I realized that in order for me to keep moving forward I would need a variety of topics to get started.
Here is my writing plan:
- Write 1 article per day using Infobarrel's Monthly Editorial list of daily topics
- Write 1 article per week on subject matter related to my line of work.
- Research, research, research.
Topic Diversification and Patience are Essential
Ok, so there's my shortlist. Not quit an easy road ahead, but I'm glad to know what it's going to take in order for me to stay on track. I have 2 methods of finding things to write about. Writing about my primary job should speak for itself, but by choosing topics outside of my area of expertise should expose me to a variety of writing styles. In particular, by selecting featured Infobarrel topics to write about daily, I won't run out of ideas too soon and it will also give me some exposure to other subject matter experts as well as keep the creative juices flowing. I didn't do this the first time around and hit writers block instantaneously, just about after one or two articles. So this time around I'm choosing to diversify.
Of course, by diversifying my topics I'll also be required to do some serious research and reading on the subject matter. From what I have been reading this will be really challenging at the beginning but in time things should become easier once the process of research becomes routine and a writing style begins to blossom.
I must admit, it has taken me about 2 hours just to write this post but I am willing to go the distance and hopefully find some others in the IB community that are just starting out as well as those who have been around for some time. Hopefully we can support and motivate each other to keep on writing. Feedback is always appreciated and if there are any recommended articles to sharpen my writing skills, please let me know!