How to Write 5 or More Articles a Week and Not Burn Out

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If you’ve tried (and failed) at blogging, don’t feel bad.

You’re not alone. Creating content, especially good content, is hard work. It takes a long time. Most of the time, you don’t see instant rewards.

So, how do some people write three, five, or even ten articles every week?

You might think that they work 80-hour weeks, are blessed with some genius gene, or have an army of assistants at their beck and call.

The reality is prolific writers are normal people. The difference lies in their habits—habits that have allowed them to repeat a pattern of success every day.

Download this quick how to guide to master the art of writing 5 or more articles a week.

Do you want to write five or more articles a week? Studies show that there are massive marketing benefits to doing so.

Take a look at this data from Hubspot. Their research revealed that businesses who blogged 11 or more times per month had the largest amount of inbound traffic.

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But it’s not just traffic they gained. Traffic can be a vanity metric. These companies got more leads too!

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Content is like the gift that keeps on giving.

If you push yourself to produce content now, you’ll be reaping the rewards for months and years to come.

Take a look at another piece of Hubspot research. They discovered that they were generating more contacts from old posts than they were from new ones.

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The path to content marketing success is persistent, repeated content generation.

And in order to achieve persistent, repeated content generation, you’ve got to learn to write more.

That brings me to the point of this article. I want to show you some of the methods I’ve used to produce thousands of blog articles over the years.

Consider this your personal cheat sheet. By using one, two, or all these tips, you’ll be able to produce vastly more content than you are right now.

And here’s the best part: you won’t burn out.

Burnout is a huge cause of failure. Remember, content marketing is a long term commitment. Fizzling out after a few weeks of red-hot intensity isn’t going to give you the results you need.

So, let’s dive into the tactics. Here is how you can write five or more insanely good articles every week and keep at it for the long term.

Create a goal, and make time for it

Let’s start with the obvious. You’ve got to set a goal for yourself.

Maybe you won’t aim for five posts a week. Maybe you’ll shoot for three at first. That’s fine.

The important thing is to set a goal.

  • According to goal experts, we should first establish a vision of what we want to achieve. In this case, the vision is five articles a week.
  • Second, we clarify that goal in our minds.
  • Third, we determine what we need to do in order to accomplish that goal.
  • Finally, we need to spend time on that goal.

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Notice that critical point in the circle of goal success is “spend time on the important tasks.”

For you, the important task is writing. In order to achieve your goal, you must take time.

The same is true for any goal. You must “get to work” and “stick to it,” which takes time.

Set aside time to write every day

It might not sound all that exciting, but it works. Persistence. The more often you do something, the better you’ll become at it.

According to Angela Duckworth, a psychologist who specializes in the subject of personal grit and self control,

“You don’t need to have talent to succeed. You need to have persistence.

By persisting every day in your commitment to write, you’ll eventually reach the point where you are easily whipping out five articles a week or more.

I want to challenge you to write every day. Writing every day is mental training. The more you do it, the stronger and more powerful you will become.

Brian Clark of Copyblogger has a simple and memorable “10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer.” Here’s his advice:

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Pretty simple, right?

That’s all there is to it.

Write every day, and you’ll soon be achieving your goal of five articles a week.

Create a deadline for yourself

Many of us work better if we have a date and time by which we have to finish.

Let’s say your boss came to you and said, “Can you create the report, please?”

You say, “Sure, when do you need it by?”

Your boss replies, “Oh, whenever.”

When will you get the report done?

Maybe tomorrow. Maybe in a week. Maybe in a month.

You don’t have a deadline, so your boss’s request might get shoved aside in favor of more urgent tasks.

But what if your boss said, “I need the report by Tuesday at 3 p.m.”? Then what happens?

Hopefully, you’ll get it to your boss by Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The same deadline-setting power applies to writing articles.

Break your five-article goal into manageable chunks—perhaps 1 hour of writing every day. Put that writing hour into your schedule. By 3 p.m. every day, you should have written, say, 500 words.

Easy enough, right?

Deadlines aren’t tyrannical methods of cruel and unusual punishment. They are a tool to help us achieve our goals.

Shut down all distractions while you write

Distraction-free writing is the way to produce content quickly.

A single distraction can cost you anywhere from 27 seconds to 25 minutes!

If you’re fielding distractions while you write, you’ll never be able to produce content that is coherent and effective.

What kinds of things might be distracting you? Here’s a survey of what often distracts employees at work.

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Some distractions are necessary and useful. But all distractions will impair your ability to write content.

Instead of working, many employees are avoiding work by involving themselves in harmless but time-sucking activities.

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Distractions can jeopardize our lives (in the case of driving.)

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But distractions also jeopardize our productivity.

An Atlassian study claims that 80% of workplace interruptions are trivial, and only 60% of our time is spent in a productive way.

What’s the solution?

  • Shut the door.
  • Turn off your phone.
  • Close down your email.
  • Block out your schedule.
  • Tell people not to interrupt you.

Avoiding distractions will enhance your writing and allow you to achieve your goal.

Write at the same time every day

Your brain gets used to doing the same thing at the same time every day.

If you train your brain to prepare for writing action and engagement at the same time daily, you’ll start writing better and faster.

This principle is known as muscle memory. You can use this mental trick to get better at a task—even writing.  

The key to it is to repeat the same activity at the same time on a daily basis.

William Faulkner, a noted American author, is reported to have said,

“I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning.”

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What worked for Faulkner may work for you too.

Write down thoughts and inspirations as soon as you get them

A lot of writing time is wasted trying to come up with ideas.

Instead of burning precious writing time thinking of ideas, create a list of ideas beforehand. Then, when it’s time to write, you’ll know exactly what you’re supposed to do.

Many writers get into the habit of carrying around a notebook to write down ideas as they come to them. Try to do the same. You may be surprised at all the good ideas you come up with when you’re not even trying.

Write only about topics that interest you

If you’re trying to write about boring topics, you’ll have trouble getting very far.

You’ll be banging your head against a wall if you try to produce content you’re not passionate about.

It might be time to change your focus or to select topics that do interest you.

When you’re truly interested in the subject matter, you’ll be able to produce content quickly and easily.

Write in the morning (or whenever your mind is the most energetic)

Productivity researchers explain that we should channel our energy to get more accomplished in less time.

Take some time to find out when you’re at your sharpest mentally. Use that time for writing. You will be able to write better content, and you’ll do so with energy to spare.

You’ll hit your goals, and you won’t burn out doing it.

Write on an empty stomach

Neuroscientists from Yale claim that the brain works better when you feel empty rather than full.

The hunger hormone, known as ghrelin, can activate the brain’s hypothalamus and hippocampus, allowing you to research better, faster, and more effectively.

While you should certainly eat enough to maintain your energy, you may want to delay that big meal until after you’ve had your writing session.

Make up a writing ritual

Writing greats from history have used writing rituals or routines to prime their brains for writing success.

Habit researcher Charles Duhigg has determined that positive routines can help us develop constructive habits—even the habit of writing.

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Why not invent your own writing ritual? It doesn’t need to be anything complicated or serious. Maybe it involves coffee, a shower, a playlist, or something else.

Doing the same thing in the same way at the same time, as you’ll remember from above, can prime the brain for repeated success.

Set a timer

Try the timer trick.

Set a timer for 45 minutes to an hour. Use that time to do nothing but write.

When the timer goes off, you may be surprised to see how much you’ve accomplished.

Get help with the tasks you don’t like doing

Let’s face it. Not every writing task is enjoyable and fulfilling.

If you’re forcing yourself to do unpleasant writing tasks, burnout will be much more likely.

Instead, outsource these tasks to someone else. You can hire someone on Fiverr or assign tasks to your assistant.

Here are some aspects of writing that you may want to outsource:

  • Copyediting/Proofreading
  • Formatting
  • Finding images
  • Adding images
  • Designing images
  • Fact checking
  • Researching
  • Outlining
  • Creating titles
  • Uploading articles to your blog

Get inspired by a guest-posting opportunity

Getting a guest-posting gig will provide a surge of inspiration and will add to your writing passion.

Suddenly, you have a deadline, someone who’s counting on you, and a new audience with whom you get to share your story.

Instead of simply waiting for this inspiration to come your way, actively seek it out.

Find a music playlist that gets you going

Music can improve your productivity like few other things can.

When it’s writing time, grab your headphones, cue your writing playlist, and get going. Some educators have discovered that the right kind of music can “trigger creativity, awareness, motivation, and poetry.”

Check out these Spotify playlists that could improve your writing.

Write your outline in advance

One time-draining hurdle for writing is creating an outline.

As time-intensive as it is, an outline helps to structure your writing and improve the flow of your content.

Try creating your outline ahead of time, and see if it helps you write faster. When you have an outline in place, your brain is already familiar with the way you should structure ideas.

When it comes time to write the content, all you have to do is add verbal substance to the outline.

It’s simple and fast, and it keeps you from burning out.

Check your typing speed, and set a goal to improve it by 5 wpm each week

Your typing speed matters.

If you’re not the world’s greatest typist, there’s no need to despair.

Follow this simple path to improvement.

First, take a typing speed test. This simple test from Key Hero should do the job.

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  1. Write down your score—you don’t want to forget it.
  2. Set a new goal. Aim for five words per minute faster than your original speed.
  3. As you type throughout the week, keep your goal in mind. Try to type just a little bit faster than you’re used to typing.
  4. One week from the time you took your first test, take the test again.
  5. How did you do? Chances are you saw some improvement in your typing.
  6. Keep setting your goal higher every week until you’re able to achieve speeds of 60-80 words per minute.

Watch cat videos

Can cat videos help you write better?

Apparently so, according to one study from the University of Indiana. Researchers found that after watching videos of cute cats, workers experienced improved moods, better energy, and more positive emotions.

The net effect? Greater productivity and a higher quality of work.

If you’re into cat videos, don’t feel bad about it. Instead, watch these cuddly critters, and then write some great content.

Here’s a cute cat playlist to get you started.

Conclusion

You can write better. You can write faster. You can write five articles a day.

And when you get there, you might not be able to stop!

When I first started blogging, I was really slow. Writing was painful.

Today, writing is like second nature. I’ve done it so much that I can’t help but do it every day. This article, which is more than 2,300 words, took me a little over an hour to write.

There is something energizing and fulfilling in producing content that helps people to improve. Plus, the benefits to your business will convince you that daily writing is the way to go.

What’s your experience? Do you aim to write a certain number of articles every week? Do you think that five a week is too high or too low?

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Comments

  1. Quentin Pain :

    There’s no magic pill is there! You just have to do it, and do it, and do it again.

  2. Agree with not eating big before writing. Your brain works better with an empty stomach because it gets more blood flow. When you eat your blood goes to your stomach and dulls your brain.

  3. Wow, great article as ever Neil, I’m a really bad writer and struggle to finish off an article whenever I start.

    I find that finding ideas, then researching the subject is my Achilles heal. I am intrigued as to how to find those statistics to back up your points… I neve seem to ba able to find those facts

    After reading this though I will follow the tips suggested and allocate the time, though not sure about the cat videos 🙂

    all the best and keep the great articles coming, you inspire me so much.

    • If you think of yourself as a bad writer, you will be. I would start with focusing on the language you use to describe your skills. Instead, you’re not a good writer yet, but you’re working on improving that

  4. When I first read your headline I was very curious about this topic, and after I enter here and find the first point I laugh a lot:) Why? Because today I wrote about the 8 Different Blogging Goals to Help Grow Your Blog http://www.robertkatai.com/8-blogging-goals/#.V17VHI74-DU on my personal blog. And it’s funny how things are working!

    Anyway, what I want to say is that I developed a routine to start my day at office 30 minutes earlier with a cup of coffee, internet off and start writing. And it helped me writing 5 articles/week. So yes, it’s working!

    • That’s awesome Robert! Having the proper routine is key, and more important than that is being consistent with it. That’s where most people tend to drop off

  5. Tiffany Marshall :

    Hey Neil,
    Thanks for the tips. As a former freelance writer I can vouch for many of these tricks. In fact many of the author autobiographies I’ve read say similar things.

    One note of concern, though. The guest-posting gig post you link to needs to be updated. It lists My Blog Guest as a viable resource. Google has penalized the site and those who used it. Perhaps it’s time to update that post and re-release it. I know I’d read it. 🙂

  6. Neil,

    Thank you for great article. I enjoyed the depth of the article and all the pictures and lists. I myself write 1800-2300 word blogs on complex topics in IT. My question for you is: you stated you wrote this 2300 word blog in an hour. How much of the total production did you oursource: i.e. developmental editing, copy editing, line editing, picture selection, picture creation, fact checking etc.

    Thanks, Nate

    • Miguel Perez :

      Nate,

      I second your question. I was just thinking the same thing while I was reading the post. How long does it take to do research, find the proper pics, proofreading, etc? As an example, it took me about 5 hours overall to finish this article on TV streaming devices and I am still not too thrilled about it. http://vidgotv.com/vidgo/know-choose-tv-streaming-device/

      Would def love to hear Neil’s comments on outsourcing. Any recommended sites to find proofreaders?

      Thanks for the great content

      • I find my people through upwork. You wont’ find the best people every time, but that’s just part of the hustle

        • You don’t get the best people when you don’t pay well. That’s just how it works. People want to go there to cheap out and get something for almost nothing, but what you end up with is almost nothing.

    • Most of the production part is outsourced, editing, line editing, picture, etc.

  7. Thanks Neil for this great piece, for me it came at the right time when I am mostly having difficulties in putting an article, ever since I wrote a single blog post, it has been more than a week now, I am still having trouble coming up with what to write. This post has spark up ideas to improve myself at writing.

    Thank you.

  8. Bettina Wittmann :

    Great overview! Thank you for all thr tips 🙂 i can totally say even tho i’m not a morning person and like to work late, the best time for me to write is when i get up and got my first coffee, just before breakfast! Music distracts me so i can’t agree on that but i’m sure everyone is different.

    I just wanted to point out that for some reason some of the pictures aren’t responsive (meaning i see only half of it). Also the cat video! You might want to get that checked! 🙂
    You are truely an inspiration Neil!

  9. Miklas Kroager :

    Hey Niel,
    How should I find some topics to write about? I’m not as “known” as you, and therefore I must be sure that my articles can be ranked high on Google searches.

  10. LoL – Starving!

    Working on an empty stomach is absolutely a good way to stay sharp. On top of that Harvard Professor Walter Willett has been advocating a starvation diet for life extension for years. It’s the only method I’ve seen proven to extend life. Lastly, try, drinking a lot of tea or lemonade. Keeping your bladder full and not peeing, is a great way to stay focused….and it makes you type faster!

  11. This is good. Once I started writing every day on my book it was easy. It us good to have a plan too. Mindmaping really helps me to do a brain dump on a topic and then pit it into an outline. Once you have an outline just write without editing. You can write a lot faster if you are not going back to edit the whole time. Edit at the end and you will have written much faster

    • Mindmaping it out first will make the biggest difference Gwenn. Start there and the rest becomes a lot easier to outline

  12. Nirmal kant :

    What your suggested in this blog, I had applied most of them and found really worked out for me at some extent. After this post I feel quite confident about my decisions. Nice post to boost up. Thanks

  13. Imran Ahmed :

    Thanks for sharing such great tips. I’ll try my best to apply all of them.

  14. Hey Neil,

    I find that it’s easy to come up with topics, but the topics i come up with are highly competitive for rank for. Should i ignore that and go for it anyway?

  15. Hello Neil and thank you and your community.

    So, that’s where my blood has gone! Obviously, quite a lot in my stomach, legs and feet but little in my head.

    Excellent guidance here – thank you. I would also add, keep away, or try to isolate yourself, from negative people – that’s a general rule anyway. They will burn you out whilst starving you of your enthusiasm, confidence and even goals.

    • Glad this helped you Zarayna. If you have any questions or get stuck with the implementation, please don’t hesitate to ask

  16. Himmat Chahal :

    I read that Hubspot article recently-ish and it blew my mind!

    Hadn’t seen that graph of leads from new posts vs old posts — really nice data visualization.

  17. Agree and if you set something in your mind , just put success in your vision you will succeed and being organized is always a bringing positive result . Thanks Neil for the usual Help

  18. uthman saheed :

    I write all days….Its what I like doing naturally and I have been doing that for the past one year on my second blog continously. ist so important and really helpful to me.

    • Great, than this will be exciting for you. Without that passion, you won’t keep going when the going gets tough (it always does)

  19. Elna | TwinsMommy :

    Love this post Neil.

    As a freelance writer and blogger, I’m always writing but I’ve developed a system that sort of works (assuming I don’t get writer’s block).

    Since most of my clients are in my wheelhouse I’m now writing things I like to write about like digital marketing and branding and such.

    I started listening to Ludovico Einaudi and write at the same time every day (when my twins take their name and when they go do for bed).

    Because of this I was able to start a new blog where I’m posting twice a week, but now finding it is getting a bit harder. With newsletters, a million content upgrades to write ( well it seems like a milion) plus my client work, it’s catching up to me!

    So thanks for reminding me of these awesome productivity tips.

    • Good for you, motivating yourself like that isn’t an easy thing to do. It sounds like you are gaining some momentum too.

      Keep me posted with how it works out!

  20. Neil, I think you are reading my mind. I don’t know how you do it, but you just delivered the content I was looking for. I really need to speed up my content crafting process and now I have some tips to get started. Thanks again for the awesome post! 🙂

  21. I don’t like cats so i’lI watch dog videos… is it okay? 😀

    A very informative and elaborate article by the way. I am going to implement them.

  22. Wow!
    I like this advice.
    I am a travel blogger who times posts to come out once in two weeks. I’m not sure how I can churn a travel post each day, I would need to travel to a destination then write about it, and sometimes I’m not traveling as my blog doesn’t earn me much money.

    • Himmat Chahal :

      You could split each travel post into different segments? If you have two destinations per month, you could come up with 10+ templates per destination… to net 20 posts per month, at 10 posts per destination.

      Here are some ideas from my end, matched with possible visitor personas:

      – Local food (for foodies)
      – Nature/hikes (for outdoors enthusiasts)
      – Relevant history/landmarks (for history buffs)
      – Art/museums (some overlap with history; for more art/’museum’/institution type visitors)
      – Local night scene (for people who like to club, bar, restaurant; some overlap with food)

      – Weather information (what was it like? when is best time to visit? for ppl who may actually be googling a location they want to travel to, and stumble on your blog)
      – Scenery / Journal post (maybe just a log of a fun day? could help connect with audience)
      – Top 10 Best Things To Do at ___ (gotta have that top X headline 🙂
      – Cost information (Can I travel to this place on a bare-bones budget? Is it only feasible on a minimum budget? What if money isn’t an issue? (3 personas))
      – Overall experience (A summary of all the other 9 topics. With internal backlinks to said topics. Appeals to all personas 🙂

      I think it is pretty feasible to have 20k words to say per travel experience, broken into 10 * 2,000 word posts.

      Anyway just some thoughts! Good luck!

      Himmat

    • Have you traveled a lot in the past? You can write about places you’ve gone to, or pictures you’ve taken etc.

  23. Tiffany Smith :

    Thank you so much for this! Very helpful. I recently just started blogging for a website called http://www.couponsmatter.com and I need to create three blogs a week. Plus, I have my own personal blog in which I try to write a post, once a week (www.tiffanysmithbooks.blogspot.com) and I’m in writing my book, which I’m actually in the editing stages of. Not to mention, I have a summer job and I’ll be going to college in the fall.

    Time management is honestly my biggest problem, so I’ve been trying to write all three of the first draft of the Coupons Matter blogs in one day so that I have more time throughout the work to work on the aspects of the job and my own personal ventures.

    Your posts, however, have been very motivational for me. Thank you! 🙂

    • That’s a lot to take on Tiffany. I would suggest focusing on a couple things vs so many else the quality of your work may suffer. Better to effective and do the right things then efficiently doing everything

  24. The positive: I found out I’m already a quite fast typer with 55% WPM (and 98% accuracy), so improving on this is easy! Now if I could only find a way to discipline myself and stop reading posts about how to write 5 blog posts and actually get to write…. LOL Thanks for the great advice Neil!

  25. The Crazy Thinkers :

    Hi Nail,

    that’s true.

    i ahve started blogging and i will keep in mind this while i am writing article.

    very helpful/

  26. Nathaniel Fried :

    Really, people burn out doing five in a week, I write 5 in a day. These people need to prioritise what they want in life. If you want to be a blogger and work on blogging or article writing then you should commit to it. If you cannot do one a day articles then you are not writing about something you love and should pick a new niche.

  27. Hi Neil, at the beginning of this post, you discussed the massive benefits of publishing more frequently.

    Some people (like your buddy Brian Dean) propose that we should instead write more comprehensive articles, LESS frequently, and then take the time to properly promote them.

    I suppose the “right” frequency for each business probably depends on a number of factors, so if you were advising a solopreneur, how would you help them figure out what’s best for them?

    Cheers,
    Phil

    • Ideally, you want to do both, high quality, frequently. That usually means starting with high quality, low frequency and then working your way up

  28. Swaraj Nandedkar :

    Hello Neil,

    Thanks for this post. As a freelance writer, i found this post very useful. I never cared about my typing speed and the accuracy, but tried it today and found that it can be improved a lot. Thanks again for this post.

  29. Subhabrata Kasyapi :

    Excellent Neil.

    I’m a regular reader of your posts published on various blogs and websites.

    Regarding this post, I want to share my personal experiences as:

    1. I’ve planned for 3 posts a week on my own blog.

    2. I don’t feel myself more effective with a completely empty stomach, instead, I prefer to have some light foods just 30 min before writing. So that hunger can’t distract me.

    3. I really believe in Muscle Memory. It works great. For example, we never forget or, find it difficult to brush everyday.

    4. It typically takes me 2.5 hours to Draft (Complete) a 1,500+ words article.

    5. While a Datelines help us to be more productive, but often I feel irritated with them. They hamper my creativity. That’s why I always believe in scheduling posts at least 2 weeks before the Publish.

    Thanks for the massive article.

    • Excellent work Subhabrata!

      I think with a consistent routine like this, you are well on your way to achieving great things 🙂

  30. One of my favorite tactics is to keep a running list of topics in OneNote. Every time I think of another one, I add it there. Every time I need to do an article, I’ll go to OneNote, pull a few topics that go together well, then outline them. Then I can blast through a series of articles really painlessly.

    Getting articles written is simple for me. Remembering to post them everywhere – not so much! I still have tons I haven’t added to my blog or LinkedIn yet, but am doing better with current ones as they come out.

    Thanks, Neil!
    Jana

    • Yes that or keep a notepad and paper with you. Jot down your ideas all the time and before you know it, you’ll have a bag full of new posts to write about

  31. This is another useful article Neil. Writing 2300 words in an hour is impressive.

    When I try to write articles, my biggest struggle is staying on topic and organizing my thoughts and typing them fast.

    I have been thinking of optimizing my typing speed for a while now. Will look into keyhero and other tools.

  32. sanjay joshi :

    I thinkI think I need your help… I am clearly NOT a professional writer but I have great stories all piled up in my brain (most from being a hairstylist for 20+ years). My problem is that I am NOT a professional writer yet I love to blog and have kept journals on and off for many years. I want to tell stories and be a great blogger and clearly I need someone to help me edit (I’m great at spelling, horrible at puctuation and sentence structure) and I also need to figure out a way to keep my stories and thoughts in line and not get all ADD. Which I really have a tendancy to do. I get lazy also, call it tired but I am currently living in Italy and I’m not working. My only job here is to learn Italian and write for myself… I am finding that the TV has become my enemy also. That is now in a the living room and not in the bedroom… TV…banned! Any siggetions would be lovingly and greatly appreciated. I just don’t know where to start!

    • Pauline Refreshyrlife :

      Hi Sanjay, Grammarly is a good tool for punctuation etc and is free for your Google toolbar. We often don’t know where to start but to combat this ever increasing circle of non-productiveness ‘just write’! Taking action will overcome the analysis paralysis and you will find your thoughts and ideas will start to make more sense and fall into order the more you write. Sounds like you have some great stories to tell – good luck with your writing. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect – good is good enough and great will follow given persistence and determination.

    • Start writing a paragraph or two every day. After 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, you’ll have so much content, experience, and the confidence to be a great writer

  33. I think another very important thing to consider is that there are other forms of content out there. For example, if you have writer’s block, a great idea would be to find an infographic, and to simply write an introduction. That is a great way to “write an article” with a bit of a short cut.

  34. bemoneyaware :

    Useful tips.One needs to remember that Blogging is a marathon and not a sprint, a Displined and planned approach works. We follows these two tips:
    Set aside time to write every day
    Write in the morning (or whenever your mind is the most energetic)

  35. Erny Peibst :

    The reason why you write better when hungry is because your central nervous system is stimulated, releasing adrenaline, making you impulsive/ creative. But whenever you eat a meal, it acts as a sedative, so your CNS calms down and blunts your mental sharpness.

  36. Another great and useful article.
    Creating content regularly is very tough. Your points are motivated me to move on.

  37. Share your thanks, I really have and are experiencing this issue, after reading it, I knew how to write 10 posts per day

  38. Thomas McCallum :

    5 would be a lot for me right now. I find ideas are coming faster. The more I write, the better it gets. I’ll get there one day 🙂

  39. All in my opinion: Very disappointing. Basically repeating a writing 101 course. I had heard good things about you Neil. Heard you share more than the others trying to take advantage of newbie internet marketers but you sell the same crap stuff. There’s a wide open door for a sincere person who wants to share good content.

  40. Hi Neil, Thanks for the great article as usual. Which is the best website for outsourcing the writing work?

  41. Subra Sivananthan :

    As always a great post. No, in my mind an outstanding one. Will have to re-read and note ‘take aways’ I need.

    Writing good blog posts (I find) requires single mindedness, setting everything else aside for a few hours a day. “Multi-tasking” while working on a blog post is absolute “NO NO!!”.

    My problem(s) aside from committing that few hours (and not multi-tasking, e.g., tending to email, Facebook, etc) is that (1) I have a full-time job that is unrelated to the blogs/site I help with. It takes a while to change hats after work. (2) formal feed-back is slow / close to zero, so I am not sure I am reaching the target client base. .

    I have (my view) great ideas, some mind maps on paper , and a sense of what the next 2 or 3 blogs need to address to help the client base. So I am now forcing myself to write and prepare simple info-graphics. Anything that requires complex graphics is addressed by linking to published sources, and summarizing pertinent facts. Hopefully the next blog post strikes a chord in some places, and I get some formal feed-back plus some shares.

    And, yes for now no production assistance or budgets to outsource graphics.

    • Have you ever tried using a mindmap. Once you learn how to use a mindmap, you can create mindmaps during your drive. And its easy to remember mindmaps so that when you’re home, you already know how to write the whole thing out

  42. Devendra @Quickfever :

    Last week I did only 2. My bad, seems like this post is helping me to push smarter. Thank you.

  43. Abhyudaya Tripathi :

    Thanks Neil for this inspiring article. It motivated me a lot. I am a writer, and I often struggle to meet my deadlines. However, the points you stated above are spot on and surely I will follow the tips suggested above. I just want to know, how much time you take to write a content of at least 2000-2500 words along with research work?

    • I have a team that helps me so it takes me a couple hours. I think it’s around 5+ hours worth of work

  44. Write only about topics that interest you – totally agree with this. When you write about something you’re passionate about, you write better content. So, sometimes one really good post could be more valuable than five average.

  45. The advice here is pretty simple: keep writing and keep writing! We all know this but continue to distract ourselves with other things. A good reminder to keep doing what matters most Neil!

  46. Wow, That was inspiring. I just started blogging. I was sticking to write one article per week. I was very happy this week when I found after only one month with four articles there are a lot of comments like “I searched for four hours and never found an article like this”. This is magic. By the way, English is not my mother tongue 🙂
    I never dreamed that I can get traffic to my new website even if it is under construction.
    See for yourself: http://www.ahmadkandeel.com/blog.
    I will start to do more blogging as soon as now 🙂
    Thanks, Neil.

  47. Pawan Kumar :

    Hello Neil Sir, I’m a big fan of your work and it inspires me. I always enjoy your articles. Thanks for sharing such kind of information. It will surely help bloggers like me. Have a nice day!

  48. Cmon Neil,

    Writing a 700+ to 1000+ word blog post with relevant images and On-Page SEO will take you between 2 to 3 hours every day. If you are experienced writer, it can take you less. Isn’t there a method to do this without burning time and money?

  49. Alok Jasmatiya :

    can you tell me any Ebook which I should read for enhancing the knowledge of SEO except your wonderful guides. Please tell me the name, Neil, If you know any?

  50. I have always read the articles on this blog but never really dropped a comment. However this post connected with me. Now i know what i need to do to write more articles. I think my weakness is in sticking to a routine and not giving myself a deadline. Thnks for the heads up, neil

  51. Great Post specially with a lot of researches. but the main question is not writing, it’s the indepth research behind every post. i wonder how can i do about 30-40 research for every 3000 words post faster. or how do you do it?

  52. Jerome Perrin :

    Hello Neil,

    Many thanks for this post, which is brilliant, as always.

    I definitively believe that content marketing & blog articles are THE key in terms of internet marketing.

    I have one question. For my website dedicated to webmarketing consulting, I spend a lot of time in writing articles. For the time being, I do not outsource anything. For the creation of an article with 2 500 words, I need one complete working day: preparing the topics, looking for figures, writing, finding high quality pictures, designing the webpage and the content, making the SEO of the webpage (I use Yoast for this website), publishing, sharing on social networks, etc.

    So, one working day / article, by managing the whole process. Do you think I could be more efficient?

    Here is an example: http://jay-webmarketing.com/comment-ecrire-article-2500-mots/.

    I whish you had time to answer 🙂

    Cheers from Paris,

    Jerome

    • Start mindmaping your ideas. That way you can THINK about what you’re going to blog about, before you actually sit down and do it.

      You can leverage your time during commutes, oustide, walking, etc. That way you can visualize what you want to write about and then its easy once you sit down

  53. Naomi Dinsmore :

    Hi Neil,

    My issue is that I go full speed then I slow right now. Stop, start, stop, start. When I stop I’m feeling guilty about it. To make up for the slow period I go full speed.

    This really helps me understand how to keep a steady pace.

    Great video too

    Thanks

    Naomi

  54. Jeff Stephens :

    Hi Neil

    Great article with a lot of tips to help the struggling blogger do better with content creation. I’ve recently been focusing on just the writing part of blog posts and not immediately concerning myself with the editing, graphics, promotion, etc.

    So far, this strategy has been huge. I’ve been able to quickly and consistently crank out content without having all of the “other stuff” hanging over my head.

    Thanks again
    – Jeff

  55. I benefit from every of you post thanks,
    I love writing articles but the communication skill and organization is my basic challenge, how do i get motivated writing articles.

  56. Olga Tsubiks :

    Hey Neil,
    Thank you for the article. A while back you mentioned that you use audio to record yourself instead of typing. I took your advice and put it to the test.
    Here is the method I came up with to produce more content: http://www.olgatsubiks.com/#!book-hacking-with-evernote/bscru. What do you think of this approach?

    • Nice job I think that’s awesome. How was the experience for you?

      • Olga Tsubiks :

        Recording an audio is a great idea! It removes this mental barrier that I have to “write” and keeps me focused on the content (vs sentence structure, word choice, etc.).

  57. Just read your article on writing 5 or more articles a week – super rich, super info!

    Question: Since I know you’re data-driven, you’ll have evidence for your advice. I have heard that “creating results” has less to do with the number of times per week you post versus the quality of the articles you write. That said, is it really “5 times a week” that’s the most important thing? Can someone write 1x or 2x or 3x? If someone is “getting started,” what’s a good goal for the number of articles per week to write that will still reap results, yet not be insurmountable?

  58. Following a schedule is everything

  59. A great article as always, Neil. Even a veteran writer like myself needs a refresher from time to time, and this was perfect timing. I find I have two periods a day where I can write (morning before 11am; night time). All the other times are good for planning, researching, email outreach, etc.

    For those of you struggling to write, what I found helped me (years ago) is to write a lot of short reviews — music, books, movies, TV episodes, restaurants, products, services — whatever. Through repetition of this exercise, you’ll learn to be succinct and say what you want to in the fewest words. Read William Zinsser’s book “On Writing Well,” too.

  60. Gozie Prince :

    I have this problem of not knowing what topic to write on, unless I’m being encouraged to write anything, it is hard to figure out my niche.
    Any tips on this Neil?

  61. Sharif MD. Ashik :

    How to start for strong link building at my site ?And how are the basic steps to follow in case of link building for better solution?please any one guide me as soon as possible.

    • Sharif,

      You can check out the link for natural linkbuilding tips. The best way to build links naturally is by creating quality long form content and building quality relationships with people on social networks while they find your content interesting to the point of sharing it and giving you free advertising which in turns gives you more natural SEO backlinks.

      Hopefully this helps. 🙂

    • Write quality content! That’s where it starts, and then the link building becomes easy

  62. Writing content is something you have to want to do because content marketing alone will burn a person out if it’s not in them to stay the course. They have to have a long term vision where they desire their site to be in years ahead. And they have to do their cardio too so they can sit at the computer for hours writing quality content and keep their heart rates up.

    • I agree with you DNN, that’s what the passion is all about, that’s what gives you that motivation on the inside to put in the hours

  63. Just a small fact check for an otherwise great article: the study on cat videos is from Indiana University, not the University of Indiana. Off the top of my head, I’m not sure there is a University of Indiana. I know there’s a Indiana State University and a University of Southern Indiana, but the study you linked to was definitely IU.

    Thanks for the great post. It’s the second article I’ve read this evening telling me just to suck it up and start writing every day. Somebody must be trying to tell me something.

  64. This is a detailed guide. It is easy if we follow a schedule. Read and Write, do it everyday you will be a professional blogger.
    Thank for sharing.

  65. “Habits that have allowed them to repeat a pattern of success every day.”
    These words from you inspire me so much, Neil!

    One of the favorite thing I have everyday is reading your length blog posts. It’s very value to me.

    Sometimes I feel it’s very difficult to write more than 3 blog posts every week but now, you help me find out the key 🙂

    Best wishes for you, Sir!

  66. hey niel, this is my first visit here…..i want to ask you that i used to write 10:30-3:30 and i could write only three article in a day…articles contain almost 600 words each….so is it a good speed… and yess i do research first but then i write it in my own words..so do you think google will spam my blog…??

  67. actually the matter remain more or less same….that is why…but yess… i have a tool which shows uniqueness of my article…and it always shows more than 95%…!! please help me…i reallly want to earn money through blogging…

  68. Coming out with fresh and unique idea, research every time is really tough. There very few people like you can produce with proper management and scheduling.

  69. Hey Neil!
    Thanks for this informative post. Writing a more than 5 blogs doesn’t seems easy for me before reading your blog.But now I can try do that without any difficulties which I used to face in past.

    Great work.

  70. Great tips! writing consistently is hard, and every piece of advice is helpful. BTW, your site is super fast! great job with that!

  71. nice “You might think that they work 80-hour weeks”

  72. Watching cat videos LOL!

  73. David Russell :

    I find a solitary place to work and use Dragon Naturally Speaking to write. It is MUCH faster, but you have to carefully review the output to confirm grammar, spelling, and word accuracy.

    Thanks, Neil!

  74. Hey Neil!

    Another great and useful article…

  75. Really inspiring article for me as i am suffering from writing disorder.

    We (sorry “I”) need to concentrate on one niche or topic that we are (I am) most interested in, so that we (I) can start writing in a beginner level and by writing, writing and writing we (I) can enter new levels in writing skill.

  76. Wow, What a Epic Share .. I Am struggling to write content from past 1 month —I think now i have some clear idea. Thanks Neil — You Are best —

  77. Shawn Hacker :

    I officially gave up on all forms of Internet marketing. The incredible amount of time and effort you spend with little to no results. Basically all companies need a decent website which the average person can do. Then go back to the proven ways of outside sales people. Pay commission so they are motivated. My company has seen a drastic increase in sales since we implementation of this.

  78. med-hero.net :

    Neil, thank you for this post. Sometimes it is really hard to find inspiration and to write a good content, but thanks to your tips it can be done easier. I agree on the point that when you write, it is important to limit all those factors that may interrupt you from writing. Turning off the telephone and closing the door are great solutions for me as I prefer to write in silence. Music is not an option for me as it doesn’t allow me to concentrate on the task.

  79. Heide Padilla :

    Great article Neil. Producing more posts every week should probably be the ultimate goal of content creators like us. I have been writing a lot lately. I started improving my writing by over 1,000 words in under two hours and I only noticed that I’ve been writing over 2,000 words for the same time. Brian Clark is so right about writing. Just doing it often or everyday made me improve a lot.

    Thanks for sharing about the typing test and those really cute cat videos. 🙂

  80. I think 5 a week is too low cuz I`m copywriter. But for blogger this number is pretty good.

  81. Wow, Neil. You’ve used a lot of data to prove your point! I already knew you were the king of writing valuable content 😉 Thank you for sharing some great tips!

  82. Bhuboy Villanueva :

    Hi Neil,

    Great tips you round up here, I want to add also, using pomodoro or time blocking helps in productivity too.

  83. I wish I could get five rolled out a week. I struggle to get even three at this point then again I am more focused on project delivery.

  84. Scott @ St. Louis SEO :

    The HubSpot Lead generation graph really caught my attention (I pinned it!) Great post, eye opening. I have the same problem when it comes to writing (and business), I get really into a subject or area and go all in burning myself out quickly.

  85. nice article ….it’s most helpful for me.

  86. Really Very Good article. It will help me to grow my online business. You shared very great tips with us.
    Thanks

  87. Nashaat Quadri :

    Excellent tips…I hope it will benefit writers and content marketers. Yes, I would also like to share it with you that I have written an article “Tips to Design a Strategy for Successful Digital Marketing in 2016”, which has some amazing information you might not be able to find easily. Read this article and improve your digital marketing campaigns…Click this link to read the post:
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  88. 🙂

  89. Just the article I needed. I think it is tough trying to write whilst working during the day but, my goal is to work for myself so, I must continue to write and find a suitable schedule.

    • Start writing in the morning. Create a habit and 30 days from now you’ll notice a significant difference in your results

  90. Hey Nate,

    Do you have any tips on finding new ways for writing about the same subject? When I’m writing content, it’s usually on the same topic and lately I find that I’m stuck spinning my wheels…

    • Use metaphors and analogies that help you create a story. Think about how you can infuse your writing with creativity.

  91. This is what I am working on – I would like to post 5 times a week – I find reading the news gets me great ideas

  92. SEO North Melbourne :

    Hey Neil,

    That’s great information. Every time you give us something new….

    Thank you So Much Neil

  93. Nice article Neil ,Its very Impressive and Informative Post when I go through your blog, I learn something new from your blog. Thank you for sharing.

  94. To be quite honest! I think it is impossible to write relevant content all the time. Im really tired of it, and my site is a mess. I could really use some inside. This article really helped me. But I need more … See for yourself :
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