I pray this post finds you well.
I want to take some time to share with you some strategies for helping you make time for writing, no matter the kind of schedule you have. Whether you work full-time for another company or if you freelance with your own business, you can find time to create wonderful writing pieces that will help build your authorship and audience.
Finding time to write every day has been one of my main challenges. When I first decided to commit to my company full-time in March 2016, I didn't realize how much work went into every detail of the business.
I read several articles about bloggers earning a significant income to create the life they always wanted; but they didn't tell me that it would require thousands of hours, each one working to develop the brand among other business-related factors. And they certainly did not discuss how they made time to write their blog posts and other information products while trying to run everything smoothly.
In truth, they were successful in selling the dream; but not so successful is explaining how to realize that dream while still finding time to do what we love: to write.
So, I want to give you some of my own methods for maintaining a consistent writing schedule while still being able to run my company successfully.
Step 1: Determine Your Writing Goals in Advance
If I could go back to the me in March 2016, I would tell myself to make a plan that allowed me to write consistently for an entire year. At the same time, I would tell myself to be flexible with that plan because situations will arise.
When you are thinking about how to craft time for your writing, you want to think about the goals you have for writing. In other words, are you looking to use your talent to share with others? Or do you simply want it to be something that you keep for yourself? Whatever the goal, if you have a plan in place, such as writing your first book within 12 months, then you can create a schedule that will help you reach your goals.
But of course, this is easier said than done.
I remember back in January of this year, I had in mind to write and publish one book each month. I had great ideas, but I also wanted to develop my business, which cut into my writing time. I thought I could fit writing a chapter each day into my schedule, but it was impossible. I always seek to bring quality materials to my audience, and I simply could not fit in the time to conduct research and compose the works as I desired.
But what I did find was that I could publish about 3-4 books each year. I could devote the right amount of time to them each week (daily was too difficult for me), and that really helped me to reach my goals.
In fact, by the end of the year, I will have published my third book. (Visit my store here.) And this was made possible by another step that I found to be crucial.
Creating a blog and a blog schedule.
Step 2: Commit to Your Blog and Develop a Workable Schedule
There's something uniquely powerful about a blog. I share many of these benefits here, but I want to highlight another important fact.
Without creating a blog calendar and schedule, my published books would not be completed. The time and energy that I put into each post was exactly what I needed to compile various articles into one book. For example, when I wrote, I had previously constructed two articles related to this topic. Those posts served as the foundation for the rest of my book. And with some minor adjustments, I was able to transfer these same articles into the finished book.
Having a consistent blog schedule, whether it's posting daily or weekly, will enable you to write as often as you like without feeling like you're wasting valuable time. For example, if you know that you want to publish a book on creating healthy recipes for Christians, then you can create blog posts that address some of the topics. When it comes time to publishing your book, you can gather these articles and produce them as one coherent text.
When you begin to see how blogging works in your favor as a Christian Author, then you will easily find time to finish that upcoming book. You will find that writing about something that may eventually bring you a profit is something that you must do. Your blog schedule can help you accomplish this.
Now, all you need to do is follow through with my final step.
Step 3: Find the Time to Write and Stick with It
There are days when I simply do not feel like writing. I have so much on my plate, and writing just seems to be another added burden.
But even when I feel this way, I still write. Why? Because I have a hungry audience, eagerly waiting for another empowering post or empowering product that will fuel their authorship.
Writing is my money-maker, and if I give into the lackadaisical attitude, then I lose prospects; and I want my business to flourish.
For me, the right time to write is in the morning. It's quiet. My daughter is still asleep. My mind is fresh and creative. So, my schedule allows me to create content long before the sun dawns.
If I do not write during this time, I still attempt to produce another article or book chapter during the day. But it's challenging. However, finding this time to write would be even more of a struggle if I did not have a plan or did not have a blog, which gives me purpose for writing. As you can see, everything comes together.
Perhaps you enjoy writing late at night or during lunch time. And if you don't know what is the best time to do this, then think about this: At what part of the day do you feel most relaxed? If you can answer this, then you have found your ideal writing time.
There is so much brain power that goes into creating valuable content; and you want to do it when you have nothing else to worry about. In fact, the more relaxed you are, the more you are able to produce something that will astound your audience.
I pray that these suggestions helped you in some way. Another great way to gain support as you attempt to find your ideal writing time is to connect with other writers, who can provide support to you. And if you're looking for that network, I invite you to join my Empowered Writerpreneurs Network. It's comprised of international and national authors who want to learn how to develop their authorship and brand. You can connect directly with an author near you, and you can ask me questions in the threads at any time. The best part: this network gives you snippets of my Empowered Writerpreneurs Program, the only online school for Christian Authors like you.
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Let me know what you think about these suggestions in the comment section.
And as always, let's grow together!
Greetings, Dear Writerpreneur!
I have what I believe another empowering post that will answer many of your questions regarding blogging and what it takes to make it successful. When I first started the LiyahAmore Publishing Blog, my aim was to simply see if I could earn an income from it. Turns out, I could, and have used this platform as a primary method for generating income. Now that I know it’s possible, I decided that it’s time for me to explore just how far I can go in terms of getting my blog posts to the right audience and at its maximum level.
Now, before I jump into this topic, I want to share these pointers with you. First, I design my articles to give you a behind-the-scenes look at my strategies for building a profitable online business. Whenever I try something new, I write about it because I want to show you that even with a little, you can accomplish a great deal.
And if you know that what you’re doing is working for you and the little that you have, then you understand that it will also work with the multitude. I’ve simply reached this point in my blogging journey to where I am ready to invite the masses to my website and blog. And I want to show you how I am accomplishing this, and how these principles can help you, too, especially as a Christian Author.
Having said that, I want to highlight that there is nothing wrong with wanting to have more. There is nothing wrong with wanting to see your writing go beyond your small space. And for the most part, this post is more appropriate for writers who do want to take their blogging work to another level.
In order for that to come to pass, however, you have to be willing to do what others have done. You must challenge yourself to go beyond your own limitations so that you can see exponential growth. And that’s what I will share in this article. I want to give you several steps that you can take in order to create a highly-engaging post that people—your audience—wants to share with others.
Steps to Create This Great Blog Post
As a Christian Author, you may find it challenging to compose an article that will eventually go viral. And I don’t want you to make this more complicated that it really is. To create this type of article, you only need two simple steps:
Now, while this may seem simple, the steps are actually more complex and dense. In other words, you must know what “phenomenal content” looks like, and then you must develop a strategic plan that will help you share it with the right audience so that your posts go viral.
This can be exceptionally challenging if you don't know what you're doing.
In case you’re wondering whether or not I’ve had a post go viral, the answer is yes. I wrote a blog post about how to find the right editor for your manuscript, and then I shared it with nearly 100 people that I knew on Facebook. From there, they commented and shared it with their audience. And that article actually helped me gain a $1600 client. That’s pretty much how this thing works. But sharing it over and over again was so time-consuming, and was not nearly as fun as I thought it would be. The idea of doing something like that for every blog post tires me, and so I’ve decided to take another approach, which I believe will save me time and will help me get the results I’m after.
Before I dive into my strategy, let me give you a list of some of the suggestions that I found through my research in terms of helping your blog posts go viral:
These are all great, but they are so common that everyone is doing it. So, in terms of making your post viral-worthy, you’re actually not doing anything that's so different than others.
I know this because I did the same thing. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have repeated the same steps with every post. And I hated it because I felt like I wasn’t really focused on the value of my content as much as trying to get the most shares. Now, my articles have always been well-received by an audience (notice I didn’t write “my audience”), and I believe that was one major problem. I was too focused on trying to get everyone to like and share my content that I became frustrated when only one or two persons engaged with it. This is why I stress to my EWP students and to my readers like you that having your own audience is what will work. In other words, you have to talk to the right people. And when you present a solution to them, or when you create content that changes their life in some way, then without hesitation, they will engage and share it with someone who is also just like them.
In truth, you need to be writing for one person, who will then help you make your content viral by sharing it with another person who can also appreciate and share the value you provide.
And that’s the strategy that I’ve chosen to take with my blog. I decided that trying to make all my articles viral posts was a complete waste of my time. In fact, I would never make any money that way because my focus would be skewed. But if I changed my strategy and concentrated on making a handful of articles go viral, then I strongly believe that this will bring about the results I’m after. And that’s what I will be doing over the next 6-12 months: developing an effective, customized, blog-sharing strategy for LiyahAmore Publishing. After conducting the research, I found that this is the most effective and time-efficient method.
Developing My Viral-Worthy Blog Post Strategy
Now that I know I need a strategy for sharing my blog posts, there are certain factors that I must consider. You can apply these same points to your own authorship.
As a Christian Author, it can be challenging to go through a blogging strategy like this on your own, especially when you don’t know where to start. And I hope that this article brought forth some clarity in terms of the amount of work that you must do to see your vision realized. But even this article is not enough. This is why I created the Empowered Writerpreneurs Program, which gives you step-by-step instructions for developing a dynamic blog and implementing just the right strategies for your writing ministry. I launch the Program four times each year so that I can spend quality time with my students over a 90-day period. And while you can complete the Program at your own pace, it’s great to work with other adult learners who are progressing towards becoming a dynamic writerpreneur. One of the perks of this Program is that you have life-time access to the materials. So, everything that I add each year, you have access to it at no additional costs. You can learn more about the Program here.
Let me know what you think about creating viral-worthy blog posts.
And as always, let’s grow together!
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