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Killer Writing Strategies To Make Boat Loads of Money Online

written by Alex Shalman on March 12, 2008

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This post was guest blogged by Alex Shalman, who created Happiness: The Group Writing Project which gives you 2 links back (PR 4) for your participation.

I’ve previously mentioned that the best way to come up with ideas was to capture the ideas you already have. This seems common sense enough, and it seems like about half of you were already using those methods, while the other half are going to give them a try.

I also think that the best time to try something new is the moment you hear about it, while you’re still motivated, and it’s still fresh on your mind. If you put it off too much, you will have already made too many excuses in your mind as to why you shouldn’t do it, so you never will.

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” ~Buddha

I am going to present you with my very best writing strategies that I’ve personally used to become a prolific writer and I want you to dismiss all the ones you don’t like. However, whichever ones you think are a good idea, I want you to implement them today, and do them every single day for 30 days. That’s how you build a habit my friends.

Killer Writing Strategies

  1. Dedicated Time. Pick a writing time that you can stick to every day no matter what. Your mind and body will get used to this time, and you will always be in the mood to write. I pick 6am-8am because for me it is a distraction free time, and I’m done writing 1-4 articles before my day even starts.
  2. Target Destination. When you write in the same place each and every day you begin to associate it with creative flow. You will have words flow from your brain, through your fingers, and right onto your make money online dream. Let this be a special little place where you get writing done.
  3. Weapon of Choice. When writing, try to stick with the same writing instrument. If you use your laptop, stick to it, if you use a pen and paper, quit and start using a laptop. The point is, use the same tool every time so you feel comfortable with it.
  4. Turn Off The Lights. I do part of my writing right inside the WordPress Dashboard. However, I sometimes get distracted by e-mails, or clicking around checking stats. That’s when I know it’s time to turn off the lights and the best way to do that is with DarkRoom (free). A basic writing program with very few features that goes full screen and blocks out the world and let’s you just write.
  5. Headline Lists. I like to keep a NotePad open where I keep a list of article ideas in the form of headlines. I put them in there as soon as I get them and refer back there whenever I’m looking to get started with my writing. The list is overflowing with great ideas, so I can’t imagine myself not having an idea to write about.
  6. Kill People. Seriously, throw a hatchet at them if they try to talk to you when you’re writing (Disclaimer: Do not kill anyone unless they are trying to kill you or someone you love, and only if there is no other way to stop them.) An easier alternative is to pick a time and place where people won’t bug you, turn off your phone, and isolate yourself. It takes too much time to get into a state of flow, just to be interrupted by anything and lose it.
  7. Write or Die. The whole notion of you having nothing to write about is a self-limiting belief. You have enough information in your mind in order to unleash it on the ‘net in the form of blogging diarrhea and never be strapped for something to write about. So make a rule that whenever you say to yourself ”I have nothing to write about” slap yourself across the face because that’s a lie.
  8. Turn Off The Lights, Again. This form of turning off the lights is a little different. Turn off the lights, close your eyes, and sit there in silence. Let your mind think of nothing for 15 minutes. Examine the ideas that come into your mind, and than block them again to concentrate on nothing. This is called meditation my friends, and if you think it’s a joke, than you’re a joke. This is the number one tool for getting your head straight, so give it a try. Don’t stop after one session, do it every day to see real results.
  9. Ideas First, Grammar Second. Your ideas are what’s valuable, and the way you present them takes a back seat to that. This means that when you’re writing, you want to vomit your ideas all over the screen first, so you don’t miss a single important point.
  10. Prettify. One’s your ideas are all out onto the word processor, it’s time to go back and revise. Make the grammar correct, make the ideas flow, and make your writing as interesting to read by adding play on words and little personal stories.
  11. Health and Fitness. You might not realize this, but your fog of brain, or lack of ability to write, might be due to your mind and body not functioning optimally. Make sure you are drinking insane amounts of water. You’ll know it’s enough when you pee more than you have to. Make sure you do cardio that gets your heart pumping. I don’t have to tell you to eat right, do I? Ok, eat right, and watch as your mind becomes more focused.
  12. Switch It Up. Sometimes when you’re really in a jam and can’t write, than it’s time to change the writing time, the writing scenery, and the writing tools. Yes, it’s actually okay to do this, and could leave you with many more ideas than you bargained for.

Now that I’ve gone over my writing techniques you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and start writing, right? Well, maybe, but I’m afraid if I leave you here, you’re going to not have an idea, and end up slapping yourself all over the place (see number 7 above). This is why I have a post coming up here for Creating the Best Ideas in The Land, so stay tuned and subscribe. :twisted:

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{ 70 comments }

Alex Shalman March 12, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Thanks for getting this up John!

I hope to see a lot of people using these killer writing strategies, as well as participating in Happiness: The Group Writing Project :twisted:

Affiliate Confession March 12, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Great writing strategies Alex. I started a 30 day blogging challenge back on November 22nd and haven’t stopped since.

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I’ve noticed that on your blog Alan. I too have been trying to blog everyday. It is really a great habit to develop and will definitely help bloggers reach success ;)

ViralKing March 12, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Why dont we just call this The Alex Shalman blog :twisted:
Guest Poster: John Chow

Terry Tay March 12, 2008 at 8:10 pm

He’s sure getting more posts in than John lately it seems. It just goes to show how much John likes his writing. Alex does a great job and I’m sure we’ll see quite a bit more from Alex.

Plus, why not have someone else come in and write for your blog if they are a good writer. It saves your time and still provides for your visitors.
~Terry

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing more of Alex’s stuff. He writes some great content that is very informative.

Affiliate Confession March 13, 2008 at 12:42 pm

That’s what happend when you hit the big time like John, you can get people to write for you.

shanker Bakshi March 12, 2008 at 8:13 pm

good post, i like the idea in no. 7 , if you ‘ll decide , there are so many thing on which you can make you keyboard dance on.

Not John Chow March 14, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Or maybe no. 6! Did Alex kill John Chow? And now he’s taken over the blog! Or did I kill John?
http://www.notjohnchow.com/john-chow-is-dead/

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 2:37 am

I’ll definitely try some of these strategies out that I’m not currently using — just to be open-minded. Maybe I’ll test out that “dark room.” Though I try to only focus on writing my articles, checking e-mail can be tempting.

DeboHobo March 13, 2008 at 8:59 am

Dude you come up with some of the gretest ideas. I am so glad you are one of the ‘chosen ones’ to be guest blogging here.

Kepp up the great work. This post I am printing and pinning up so I make sure I stay focused.

natespost March 16, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Excellent post, Alex, I have actually printed it out.

Andrew Galasetti March 12, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Hey Alex,
You write some excellent articles. Keep it up!
-Andrew

Dave from Welcome Back Rosenthal March 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm

I’m doing 11 of 12 from the list. Where’s my internet money, doggonit! :evil:

I think I’m probably luckier than some in that I don’t have a lot of trouble either coming up with ideas or following up with the execution. I go the extra mile, and every single day come up with ideas, gather images, do the research, and finally composition. But I feel the big hurdle is finding traffic-driving-subject-matter that is of interest to both me and a large number of people-short of writing a piece everyday about “how to make money.” But that isn’t my knowledge base, so I wouldn’t try that.

So hopefully Alex, you can one day write about the idea of making ones passion for a particular subject matter the passion of others. Or maybe I should say; putting your words in front of the right people.

Hannah March 12, 2008 at 1:57 pm

While the article was great, as always, I must say the irony of this sentence had me giggle:
“Prettify. One’s your ideas are all out onto the word processor, it’s time to go back and revise.”
:razz:

Great work as always though Alex, they were great points!

Manly King March 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Alex strikes again with another guest post on Johnchow!

Great article, definitely some good tips for writing. Not just for blogging, but for any kind of activity that involves writing on a regular basis (school, for example).

I practice this except for the “dark room” concept. I’m so involved online with this and that so sometimes its hard to stay focused.

RacerX March 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Another tip: Always be ready to capture ideas. Ideas can comeup at anytime. Keep a little flip-over notebook around. Ideas have a very short lifespan in your head unless they are nurtured.

Andrew Galasetti March 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Very true! I always keep a notebook or notepad nearby.
-Andrew

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 2:41 am

Definitely RacerX, having a notebook and pen nearby at all times is key. Last night, I pulled into a parking spot, parked my car, and had a flood of creative ideas (about 10) for new blog posts!

Girls March 12, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Number 1 is the target as far as I am concerned. Setting aside a fixed amount of time in the only way to write, and it’s often overlooked.

Joy Smith March 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Great writing tips! The only thing I’d have to disagree with is, sticking with the same writing spot each and every day. Sometimes you just gotta change the scenery. BTW, that darkroom program is just the something I have been looking for!! Thanks!!!! :mrgreen:

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 3:07 am

Yeah Joy, I definitely agree with you on the writing time. Not all people can get a quality night’s sleep and still wake up early to blog before work, school, etc… One of my goals is to set aside a fixed time in the morning, because I actually think it will help make things easier. You don’t need to worry about not having a blog post done throughout the rest of the day!

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 3:15 am

Whoops, initially I misread the comment, but I still agree. Changing scenery definitely helps stimulate new creative ideas!

Carl - Thatblogsite.com March 12, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Articles, your articles are great. Keep up the good work!

Crystal March 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Wow, I think we’re two peas from the same pod. I absolutely NEED total darkness and no distractions to work on my important projects. Oh and food. Can’t forget the cookies =D

Start Blogging March 12, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Surprisingly a good article. Thought it was going to be one of those redundant posts. Never heard of the Dark Room tool though, seems cool.

Jacqueline March 12, 2008 at 5:31 pm

I really needed this today! Just feeling a little overwhelmed, disorganized, know I need to make some changes. And then I read this post! Thanks. Especially for the early morning suggestion. Unfortunately, I like to sleep in. Just making that one change could have a profound effect. I like your ideas and believe they will help me add structure and promote creativity and productivity.

Robert March 12, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Heh, Alex Shalman Chow Dot Com!

Alex, love the point about killing people (you know, in a figurative sense). When I write, I get into a zone. Anything that disrupts my concentration breaks everything up and sets me back about 15 minutes.

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I really know what you mean Robert. You’ve got to really clear people out of your writing zone so you can think clearly and be efficient!

Richie Champagne March 12, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Nice post Alex. Thanks for the tip on the Darkroom.

MSPAINTFUN March 12, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I think it’s way better to have to write than have to draw for every post! HAHAHAA.

Pete March 12, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Awesome pointers Alex, thanks for sharing them!

MSPAINTFUN March 12, 2008 at 6:35 pm

I’d rather write posts than draw them. HAHA

Robert March 12, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Are you an artist?

Joseph March 12, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Good post!

ForexTrader March 12, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Great Post Alex! I have just started writing a few months ago and although I implemented some of your tips already, there is always place for improvement and you got me to change a few things. Thanks!

Mike Huang March 12, 2008 at 11:38 pm

Great guest post yet again Alex :)

-Mike

Chip March 13, 2008 at 12:34 am

Buddha was a great blogger. I, too, write from ideas that came to mind and have been put to actual use. And succeeded or failed, nevermind, I still want to share the idea, the outcome, the “how-to” and the “how-not-to”. Ideas come with time and blogging.

NEM March 13, 2008 at 1:27 am

Thanks for getting this up John!

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 2:34 am

I really liked reading “write or die.” Everyone should be able to think of an idea to blog about… There’s always something to blog about. I have been keeping a daily blogging routine going for the past month or so and really have enjoyed the challenge!

Joy Smith March 13, 2008 at 5:05 am

I have a tip to go with Alex Shalman’s writing tips. If you have a messy work area, clean it up. I’ve noticed if I have papers and books strung all over my desk and in the way, that gets in the way… and of course when that happens I can’t concentrate on my work.

Hannah March 13, 2008 at 5:32 am

I definitely agree with this. I’ve been meaning to clean my desk area for weeks but it just gets more cluttered and my productivity has without a doubt been suffering because of it.

Robert March 13, 2008 at 7:43 am

This is a great point. Whenever my desk at work gets too messy, I clean it up because it is the biggest distraction there is. Worse than people interrupting you or the phone ringing, etc.

Hannah March 13, 2008 at 11:51 am

I wish I could just get around to cleaning it!! I just keep putting it off, thinking “Oh I’ll do it later”. I’ve put aside 2 hours on Sunday to do a complete clean-up of my apartment though, so hopefully then it’ll work out!

Alex Shalman March 13, 2008 at 9:06 am

This is great advice. What I do is designate 15 minutes each day to clean something. Say: Clean desk 15 minutes. If I finish I finish, if not I can do another 15 minutes tomorrow. Little by little the whole house gets clean.

You need to implement the clean as you go rule with this, so places that are cleaned don’t get dirty again right away.

Hannah March 13, 2008 at 11:53 am

I didn’t read this until after my last post, but this is also a great idea, I should definitely try it. I’ve always been the type to put aside a few hours to get a full room cleaned.

Affiliate Toolbox March 13, 2008 at 11:24 am

Yeah, I’m exactly the same way. I hate having a messy area. The fewer distractions, the better. If only we could remove the need for eating and bathroom breaks.

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Messy work areas are bad news for me. It’s too easy to get distracted when there’s a mess near the computer. I know what you mean Joy!

emha March 13, 2008 at 7:17 am

usefull writing tips, but for me writing is not as simple as that. I have so many idea in my mind but can’t applied on good writing to become usefull info. so Idea isn’t enough.

Barbara Ling (aka Owlbert) March 13, 2008 at 7:43 am

One critical ingredient that was missing – make certain when writing to have plenty of coffee or soup or caviar or whatever floats your tote on hand; non-fattening comfort food can really help your state of mind if you’re mentally bouncing faster than a ping-pong ball on steroids.

Enjoy,

Barbara

Belive Blog March 13, 2008 at 7:48 am

I just picked up some of these strategies and i’m making more money now.

Regards,
Adriano Lopes
Belive Blog

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 2:33 pm

I believe it Adriano. These are some great strategies to adopt for any blogger hoping to make money online ;)

natespost March 13, 2008 at 9:02 am

Excellent writer with excellent tips.

jimsvarkey March 13, 2008 at 11:02 am

I keep my pen and paper by my side each time visit blogcatalog. Thats where I find new tips, things to write. :idea:

Affiliate Toolbox March 13, 2008 at 11:22 am

Nice, I’ll give that a shot. Thanks Alex.

WezeeMall Know-It-All March 13, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Tip#13: Have a glass of wine, champagne, or even a Heinekin or two….tipsyness seems to take away certain writing inhibitions.

Daniel McGonagle @ http://danielmcgonagle March 13, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Thanks for this list, I downloaded the dark/write room software
and it coul dbe just the thing to keep those inbox notifications at bay.
I use a specific time and place to write, and sometimes really DO want to slay the interrupters, but it’s best to remove chance of distractions than it is to be snapping at people for saying “hello” to you when entering a room.
Good information here, keep up the good work,

Dan

Andrew G.R. March 13, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Habits can also lead to repetition. Some solid tips, but personally, I like to shake things up.

Alex Shalman March 13, 2008 at 1:05 pm

““Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” – Earl Nightingale

Jcyreus March 13, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Bloggers can learn about and play with all of the internet marketing tips and tricks that they want to all day long, but still fail to build the kind of repeat visitor traffic that will land them a steady paycheck each month if their content stinks. Content is king. It starts with great ideas then finishes with a clear flow of consciousness that is conveyed in a way that is entertaining and insightful. Great article Alex, Thanks!

Andrew Pavelski March 13, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Definitely have to agree with your point Jcyreus. Content is definitely king! And having a healthy mindset will be a huge booster towards success. Well said ;)

eMarketing Chat March 13, 2008 at 12:46 pm

This is a great informative post!

MR. NICE GUY March 13, 2008 at 3:18 pm

That’s too bad idea Viral King hahaha. :lol: John should be given time to unwind too for all the tough years he’s been blogging a lot. Anyways, great post again Alex. Good idea to escape mental block for bloggers and writers.

John Simpson March 13, 2008 at 5:52 pm

I’ve learned that the ideas don’t come to me consistently. I’ll get a flood of ideas, then nothing. What I do is post each idea as a draft blog post. This way, I don’t lose the idea. I can expand on it later. I can even write the post and post-date the entry.

Blog writer March 13, 2008 at 8:21 pm

“Ideas first, grammar second.” Guess that philosophy applies to your headline writer’s spelling as well!

I would have to say about half of this list is nonsense. Pay attention to the other half!

David Grace March 14, 2008 at 9:02 am

I have noticed an increase in traffic since I began to post more. It does make a difference. I usually do most of my work while my son is taking a nap. I put my cell phone on silent, sit back, and start writing. The notepad is a great tool for clearing up ideas. I am not sure if I can put down the pen though. :oops:

Thanks John.
David

Caleb March 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm

This post gave me extreme inspiration…I wrote what I believe to be a great post entitled No Man Is An Island.

Seriously all you guys -including you John- need to check it out and please critique in my comments section.

Caleb March 14, 2008 at 1:08 pm

The technique I found to work for me is to voice record the idea as sort of a headline -like #5- ,write it down with a pencil,then post to my blog.

Make sure you guys read No Man Is An Island.

David Tan March 15, 2008 at 10:13 am

Fact or fiction?

Brewster March 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

It must be cool to have so many guest posts on your blog, and take a back seat for a while, and *still* have a ton of cash come in.

This was a really great and creative article – thanks for writing and sharing.