Do I Need Drugs to Write Decent Content?

In college I remember one night after Creative Writing class I was so focused, so determined to get down the story in my head that I holed myself up at a desk in the main building and grabbed my pen, writing as fast as I could, scribbling on the backs of other pages, determined to get the mishmash of words down and fleshed into form.  The words were like glass nuggets, each so shiny and perfect, coming together like they had been issued to my pen.

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Did I need pills to get the words loosened from inside my mind? 

My brain found just the right descriptions, the exact percentage of eye rolling, tongue-in-cheek humor necessary for writing about a night in high school.  Maybe the scene was a cliche, hanging out with my friends at the amusement park, Riverside, waiting to meet guys and then we did.  Only the details were slippery.  Kim and I both wanted the taller one with the beautiful teeth and then I tried to back off, let her have him.  I forced myself to hook up with the sidekick, with his bad teeth and spotty skin.  In the story, life was flipped and I was the tall guy, struggling to use my charm, awkward in my oversized shoes but trying to be smooth, to make it happen.

And everything fell apart.  I tried to charm her the best I could, told er I was on the football team.  I was inside his brain and the words were mine, ours, just coming to me all at once.  This was the flow I’d heard of.  The runner’s high, only it was writing.  I was high on the creation, the carving, getting it down and touching up the details that made it mine.  I couldn’t wait to turn that story in the next week in class.  I was a proud writer.  Was I a writer? I had no reason to call myself that but deep down I’d always known that was what it was growing in me, taking hold.

When it happened, there was such raw emotion coming out onto the pages.  I took my own pain, the awkward experiences, the uncertainty, fumbling in the dark for mental zippers and used that in my characters.  That was what made me write.  I wanted those tiny cuts in my soul to help others heal themselves, to forget their own pain long enough to follow my words and journey together toward the other side.

 

Become An Expert in Your Field

Want to make it as a writer? Are you trying to develop your blog and grow your followers? Start with awesome content.  We’ve heard that a million times.  Like you just press a magic button on your brain and the little guys up there furiously pick up their number two pencils and start scribbling away.

Figure out a topic that gets you so excited you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning to start researching.  It could be anything from what to grow on the shady side of your house to selecting the best solar lights for your walkway or how to update your kitchen cabinets for under $100.  It’s not always the topic that is exciting.  It can be how you present the topic.

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Got a passion? Share it with the world

Find your passion and start sharing your knowledge with the world and you will become an expert in your field.  Not sure what you want to focus on?

Follow Other Bloggers

If you want to grow your audience, start following other bloggers today.  Read what they’re writing and see if it triggers any ideas.  Connect with other writers online and leave comments when appropriate.  Ask other bloggers if you can link to their articles.  The more connected you are as a writer, the more opportunities will appear in your life.  These can be job opportunities, financial opportunities, writing opportunities and so on.  Do not expect to be rewarded in terms of dollars and cents when you’re first charting your path.  It takes time to become an authority on a topic.  If you’re on sites like LinkedIn, post samples of your work.  Upload articles you’ve written and link them to your website.

Complete Your Profiles

If you spend time on LinkedIn, make sure your profile is complete.  Take the time to fill out as much information about yourself as possible so you have a complete resume visible at all times.  Let the world know what you’re up to if you are a freelance writer.  Create as many posts as you can while you’re establishing yourself.

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Connect with as many people as you can and grow your network.

Grow Your Network

You know how to make friends in real life.  Make a few jokes.  Strike up conversations with everyone you meet.  Show them that you’re an intelligent, witty person and they will want to spend time with you.  How does it work online? Browse around different websites.  If you’re a blogger, explore other blogs besides your own.  Why should anyone care about your content if you don’t even read theirs?

Add friends on Linked In.  Connect with people from all aspects of your life.  Think beyond your immediate work friends and add friends from church, local groups, people you worked with in the past and more.  Remind yourself that it’s not going to happen overnight.  Just wake up each day and do one thing that day to grow your network.  Read a friend’s blog.  Post your new article on LinkedIn and share it with your friends.

Why Reviews are Critical

You know how important SEO is for your website but do you know how valuable reviews are? My friend Kris, owner of www.cabinetdoorsforless.com  recently got a one star review on google.  A nasty one star review based on one person’s poor opinion of the business.  Even though the review was unfair and undeserved, there it was, right at the top when you googled Kris’ business.

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So anyone else who happened to be checking out reviews for Cabinet Doors for Less was likely to read that review and form an opinion from that person’s negative review.  What do you do when you get a bad review.  There are two options.  First, you can reach out to the person who left the review and ask that they remove it and offer a solution.  They are upset about what they believed happened (or didn’t happen) with their order/service.  So that person took the time to lash out and post that negative feedback.

If you can’t get the person to retract their review, the next option is to bury that one bad review with lots of positive four and five star reviews.  That’s where our freelance writers come in.  We have some of the best writers and reviewers in the business who can use their writing skills to portray your business in a positive light.  Let our team of freelancers get your business noticed online.