They Say To Write Like Yourself…

I could write like myself, sure. I could write as I speak. Why would I do that?

I’m sure I could write in a similar fashion to how one might write sales copy, grabbing the attention with mind-bending succor. But, would writing in the style of copy make for an interesting blog article?

I don’t think so. Sure, it’s well and good to take your writing and cutting it into little tidbits that are bite-sized and readily digestible. This does not necessitate a demand¬† on my part to actually mimic this form of writing. It works in certain applications, but for a blog post, I could see it as annoying.

There’s a primary reason we learned to write properly in the first place (which has seemingly gone by the wayside by today’s youth, whose sole purpose is to write almost exclusively in emoticons and acronyms), and it’s probably for the very reason you expect it to be– clarity.

I could go on and on about how properly writing must be, but if you think about it– wouldn’t that really be a waste of time? Not everyone can physically speak in the same fashion as they would write. If I tried to recite something similar to the words you see written here on this blog post, you’ll hear a lot of, “Uh, well, ‘cuz, heh…” well among very many other pauses and cut-off points and staccato-laced verbosity. The truth is, I speak somewhat properly when it comes to vocabulary– bu that’s about the extent of my speaking skills. I do miss “properly spoken English” by a long shot, primarily because of the colloquial nature of my speech at the ready.

Perhaps by some notion of thought I might obtain that professional speaking style, but it sounds too robotic. Of course, my writing style is considered anything but traditional, as could be said by many other bloggers.

I’ve also heard it said that I ought to speak with greater simplicity for the sake of allowing those who don’t have a wide spectrum of vocabulary to comprehend what I’m writing. Once again, however, that would be backstabbing everything I’ve learned thus far about how writing ought to work. Why would I have climbed to such a level of writing that I would succumb to such demands?

Besides, if I wanted to write more simply, I might do well to write children’s books or young adult horror– I specialize in neither. Telling people to write in a style that is not their own might be counterproductive. [Okay, it’s absolutely counterproductive.] A writer might display their tone of voice in their writing in a manner unobtainable by many others, and their flow of writing might be impeccable. My style of writing is my own, and if it means inflexible tonal color, so be it!

I’m not necessarily upset by any of this, honestly, except when these occurrences come to existence.But, in the same breath, these comments come from those who wish to have their life easily handed to them. I did the hard thing and improved my writing, which is why it now comes easily to me. Others who do not write well have done the easy thing and failed to improve their writing, which is why it does not come so easily to these individuals.

Granted, they’re few, which would be the “hater” group [Read: trolling], which means I really shouldn’t be expected to “dumb down” my writing. I actually responded once on Myspace that someone ought to “smarten up” if they want to understand me, rather than entertaining their demands– they’re now gone from my life, and through no action taken upon by myself– they removed themselves once they realized I wasn’t going to simplify anything just for them.

Now, back to the present, closer to the subject matter– I don’t necessarily run across too many people like this anymore. It isn’t that I’ve made a decision to avoid people, or block them on Facebook or whatnot– I choose to do one thing that allows me to be devoid of all the drama that happens on Facebook– I keep scrolling, just keep scrolling.

I ought to get back to the subject at hand. I write how I think, not how I speak. I write properly. I don’t write very much very often, but when I do, it is filled with great clarity.

(This is where I no longer talk about writing in my style of speech. Fair warning!)

I have become weary of thinking on the go at my job, which does require a great amount of mental fortitude– this is not how I operate.

In fact, it is so demanding on my brain that I come home physically worn out and needing to refresh my head. I don’t think I’m in the right job sector. I would rather take my time to think about what I should write next, rather than having to make minute-based decisions regarding where I should be going. This is not something I’m good at. I’m often seen as slower than everyone else because I have to think about the pros and cons of a specific action. I do have great people skills, so that isn’t exactly a problem. The speed at which I have to work as a custodian doesn’t bother me so much, primarily in the mornings, but it’s all the decisions thereafter throughout each day [read: workload] that causes me the most stress.

I’m almost always having to come home to sleep after work, which I know is not good for my relationship with my fiancee. I can’t help it– I’m relatively stuck in this job until I’ve found a way to get into a job sector which requires very little of my own hard, back-breaking, physically demanding work; instead, it would require me to do that at which I’m most highly skilled. And, of course, living paycheck to paycheck is the definition of insanity– do the same thing with the expectation of different results. Also, the word “job” is an acronym unto itself– “just over broke.”

American Dream– not. This is why most of my blog posts occur on weekends. I usually have a reserved amount of energy to read and write, and if it’s taken away by another job, I have no room to flourish. This is perhaps why I don’t speak in the same fashion as I write– I’m usually too mentally fatigued to string out a comprehensive sentence without trailing off, my mind somewhere else.

… Oops. I went way off track.

A guy’s gotta vent eventually.

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Do You Write Consistently? Or Do You Need A Bit Of Help?

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We all like to think that we’re good at writing. I know I do! But sometimes, it feels as if I don’t have the motivation to write, when I know I have something that needs to be said.

I’m oftentimes exhausted from working my 9-5 rat race career by the time I get home, so I don’t always have the energy I need to function properly. I try to post every few days, but I feel a lack of motivation to do what needs to be done. I know at this point whether or not I should even begin a post or postpone it until later.

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Then again, it seems that, once in a while, I’ll have the motivation to keep going once I’ve started. At these times, I”ll be able to keep going for a good twenty minutes, by which point I’ve been able to pound some good, solid six hundred word posts with much gusto, and without even so much as a hiccup in keeping my train of thought. (I know twenty minutes doesn’t seem like a lot, but if you think a blog post has to be really long, think again. Some of the most powerful blog posts in the world get straight to the point in a measly 250-500 words, and this is where you can concentrate on multiple blog posts per day if you’re highly proficient.)

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The part that takes the longest is the proofreading afterwards for content flow and spelling, and once in a while I’ll post something, only to later read it and discover a few errors. That has nothing to do with motivation as it were– that I’ve typed out my article is typically enough for me to move on with my day.

So, here are a few tips that I would recommend to someone who might be having a hard time maintaining consistency, or just content creation in general.

Write In The Morning

I find it much easier to type anything and everything out in the mornings, because I’ve been able to rest my mind for a few hours. If I’ve awoken from a particularly refreshing sleep, then I tend to write with great strength, speed, and accuracy. On those days when I haven’t slept well, I’ll just end up reading. If you have poor sleep, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up not having the energy to put your thoughts to paper properly.

My creativity takes a serious hit after a rough night’s sleep, and no amount of caffeine will save me from the soon-to-follow rampant destruction my keyboard tricks me into writing.

If you decide to incorporate a morning routine before starting, then have at it. Nothing beats a sense of routine to ensure you get the best out of your writing. Meditation, yoga, or a short exercise routine are all excellent for promoting mental clarity and blood flow.

Carve Out At Least Fifteen Minutes To Write Down Ideas
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Fifteen minutes is almost all you’ll need to get ideas for a quick blog post or journal entry. If you break any project down to sections, you will be able to create main points, content flow, and above all, you can get your main point driven home without fluff or filler words. Being verbose is for lawyers, anyways.

If You Already Have Plenty Of Hand-Written Journals, Convert Them

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I think this is one of the best content sources ever. If you feel as if you’re lacking creativity, but you still have the urge to write, then perhaps it might be suitable to source content from some of your personal journals. I know at least some of you have some journals stacked up in your closet from high school– dig into them! look around for some interesting entries, and convert those into digital format! Journals from your past might contain some memory-jogging material, which you can then use to explain certain stories.

Read Beforehand In Your Niche

This goes particularly for people whose specialty involves writing about what really matters to them, or for those who are excellent in a particular niche or area of interest. It always helps to have that little boost of motivation from the masters in your arena in such a way which allows you to create your own twist to your material. As an example, I did some reading into this book to allow me some motivation to write about writing.¬† By the way, reading primarily in your niche almost guarantees you’ll have valuable perspective and fresh ideas for your own content.

As it turns out, being an authority for a niche means you’ll be a source of information– people everywhere are hungry for information. If you’ve been involved in your niche for a while, your chances of success are a bit higher than the person who’s simply trying to find his or her niche from the get-go. If you’re anything like me, you’re in the latter of the two groups.

If you found any of this information relevant or helpful, I would appreciate some feedback!

One more thing about writing: If you’re really wanting to write it’s going to take exactly one thing– you must actually write. I had it told to me this way once, and it’s been a really good little motto: “You don’t look at someone’s artist portfolio and wish you could draw. If you truly wished you could draw, you would already have started a long time ago. Never wish; always do.” –Anonymous, unless someone has the source of this non-verbatim quote.

If you are running an established blog, what kind of advice would you want your readers to know? I’d love to hear about it in the comments1

Affiliate Marketing Or Writing?

I’ve been working with affiliate marketing off and on for a little while, and I haven’t made a single dollar. The only time I ever made any money was through a book that I had written in the early stages of my career as a custodian. I made a single sale since its release! Yay!

But, as far as I can tell, it hasn’t made any headway. Apparently, the first thing one should know about writing a book is actually how to write one. This takes time and effort to really develop. I spent a measly 6 hours writing it out, and it ranks relatively low on Amazon within several categories, which are as follows:

Ranked # 3,725,672 Paid in Kindle Store
Ranked #2,727 in one cluster of categories
Ranked #5,644 in another cluster of categories
And ranked #1,644,760 in nonfiction

Funny thing, though: I released it last year on the 23rd of December. So it looks as if I’m revisiting this area in a cycle. By this point in the amount of time I’ve spent in my job, though, I have a far deeper understanding of how the system seems to be working. This is the general basis behind writing on anything– you have to know what you’re doing if it’s an everyday thing that you do, or if it is something with which you’ve been involved for a significant amount of time. This was something that had escaped me.

Now, I’m not much for knowing a whole lot about affiliate marketing myself, but within the realm of passive income are many opportunities for one to earn money almost entirely without doing anything– after, of course, putting in the amount of hard work that’s necessary up front. I’ve seen everything ranging from real estate, to REIT methods (real estate investment trust), all the way to writing a book with good information that will sell for as long as Amazon is around. People set up Etsy shops and make physical products, sell them, and successfully own their businesses and maintain their brands. They know what they love to do, and their passion no longer remains inexplicable.

So, what do I know about writing? I apparently know enough to edit on the fly for grammatical mistakes and spelling errors, which is only a basic (I mean BASIC) function of writing. I have a deep understanding of my personal level of literacy, and everyone else who has seen my writing prompts has agreed. I really do not brag on this skill. However, I’ve noticed some really awesome things which really boost my confidence in eventually making money from combining writing with affiliate marketing. Here’s why: based on the number of free Amazon books I’ve read on the subject, I have seen that even these very basic principles are those to which not every aspiring writer seems to adhere. This is only easy for me to say, because I’ve excelled in English all my life, particularly when it came to college. I’ve never once before this particular decade considered writing a means by which to earn money, up until perhaps just last year (2016). But, even when I become motivated to begin writing, I almost end up with something terrible. This is because I’m not following a plan on what it is I’m writing.

Funny thing, brainstorming seems to have escaped me. Right as I ended that last paragraph, I had a random flashback to high school, where my senior English teacher first imprinted onto my mind the importance of planning out one’s writing projects, which led to a memory of my English teachers from college having told me the exact same thing.

And when I did, I actually began to write a little better. I still REALLY wanted to get into affiliate marketing, but that wasn’t happening. I still REALLY want to continue my efforts in the realm of affiliate marketing, but until such a time occurs when I am more motivated (and have more energy during the day to actually spend writing) I’m just going to have to brainstorm a plan to follow through with that after I’ve first graduated from writing blogs (which is another way to make money– in fact, isn’t this a blog already? I just feel like I vent here more than anything) to focusing more on writing. Maybe I could actually teach advanced English through a series of ebooks.

Hmmmmmm.