In August I set up and completed a 30 Day Article Writing Challenge. The basic aim of this challenge was to write one article per day for 30 days and to keep myself accountable. I opened this up to anyone who was interested in getting involved over at the Warrior Forum.
I am very happy to report that I was able to complete this challenge and have ended up with 30 pieces of written content that can be used for a variety of things. I have already published a couple of these articles on this blog and added a couple to Ezine Articles.
This is a summary of 5 lessons I learned from the challenge. I hope that reading this will help to inspire you with your own writing endeavours.
# 1 – Write About What You know
If you write about things you already know, you are less likely to procrastinate. You are less likely to find reasons why you can not write a 400-500 word document because the knowledge is already in your head.
Write about a topic you have an interest in. You do not have to be an expert. Write like you are having a conversation with a friend. How would you put your point across if you were chatting with a friend? This style of writing works really well for a range of projects.
# 2 – Write in Topic Batches
I found that once I had started one article I had other ideas that were linked to that topic. I made a note of the headlines running through my head and then already knew what I was going to write about over the next few days.
# 3 – Always Have a Notepad to Hand
You never know when inspiration will hit you. I am writing this blog post on the train on my way to work. Good job I had my trusty notepad eh?
If you think of ideas, have a place where you can jot them down. Then you can go back and pick and choose the best things for your next article.
# 4 – Realise That You Know More Than You Think
This point links to the first point, writing about what you know. This is absolutely relevant in all areas of life. You might not think that something you know is a big deal.
You might think that everyone already knows about the idea you have. But there are plenty of people who don’t know certain things, or they are unsure of how to do something or use a certain product. This is knowledge that you have and you could be helping someone else out simply by writing an article on the issue.
Don’t think that what you know is irrelevant. Sharing your own personal insight and perspective can lead to new conversations and exchanging of opinions.
# 5 – Little Challenges Can Lead To Fantastic Results
We all have big ideas about the goals that we want to achieve. The problem is we focus so much of our energy on the end result, we forget to concentrate on the actual steps along the way to that big huge end result.
A perfect example is if you have the idea that you would like to write a book. For some people the thought of sitting down and writing a book sounds impossible. All you can think of is the amount of pages and words that you need. Instead of thinking of that end result, try breaking that down into little challenges.
Writing an article a day for 30 days makes that task absolutely manageable and guess what? By the end of the month you could have written a brand new book.
The 30 Day Article Writing Challenge helped me to focus on achieving the single goal of writing something everyday. Now I have content that could be used to create a book, to fill a website, to create an info product and lots more besides.
Challenges work as long as you decide to take action, make the time and go for it. You never know, you might even enjoy the process. I did.
By The Way – I Wrote a New Book! – Free Promotion Coming
From the 30 articles I wrote in August, I gathered some of them together and I have created a little book. I ordered my book cover on Monday and I hope to have it uploaded and ready for sale by next week. I am so excited.
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Have Your Say: What could you achieve in 30 days? How could a challenge like this add value to your own online journey? Do you have any ideas for future challenges? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.