How do you get BETTER results?

Featured, Journalism

Yes, you’ve probably heard it all before. The famous question, “Do you need to write in a particular location to achieve the best results?”

Many young (and sometimes experienced too) writers come forth and are stumped on whether location leads to successful writing sessions. Some individuals may find themselves in a period of “writer’s block” and thus, ask the question believing that their period of being unable to write is solely due to the location in which they write.

Particular locations may lead to loss of focus when writing due to distractions. It’s true. However, it cannot all be blamed on the location.

This article is primarily focused on writers but it is universal in its reach. Any worker, be it an artist or mathematician, may find themselves looking for answers as to why they are unable to focus or they notice their quality is dropping and blame it on their surroundings.

 

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I find writing on my balcony to be beneficial to my focus. I get the benefit of nature as well as the comfort of my own home.

 

Writing needs discipline. Every single day a writer must work on their craft if they are to see results. If that is difficult to achieve, maybe creating a schedule could help. Start with a small amount of time dedicated each day to just write and let your ideas hit the paper. It is the only way to get better at the craft.

I try to dedicate about 30 minutes to 1 hour a day just to write. This normally nets me between 1000-2000 words completed. Sometimes it is less but I never stress as life can have an effect some days and that is perfect OKAY.

With any craft, you must dedicate time each day to work on it. This is no different.

I highly recommend, finding a location that works best for you. This means:

  1. It has minimal chance for distractions.
  2. It is ergonomic.
  3. You are able to achieve quality work in this location in comparison to others.

As shown above (in the above picture), I either complete my finest work in the library or in the comfort of my own home. Your locations may differ and that is completely okay!

GOALS: Setting goals are absolutely necessary. Make sure your goals are realistic, however. Small regular goals mean your bigger goals will be easier to reach. 

I try to set a goal a week for how much work I wish to be completed. Deadlines are a must. 

Find a deadline as well as small goals that are realistic. By doing so, you allow yourself room to grow as well as the ability to improve your skills will become easier (as well as more noticeable to yourself and others).

It must be understood though that your ability to grow and improve your skills is completely up to you. Using tips like the ones I have provided may make the path easier to tackle but your future is up to you.

Remember:

  • Find a location best for you (See points above on how to choose one that’s best).
  • Set deadlines.
  • Set small regular goals (as well as larger more spread out goals)
  • Create a timetable to work on your craft each day.

I wish you the best of luck in your journey.

 

 

How YOU can become a BLOGGER

Featured, Personal

A blog is a fantastic way for individuals to express themselves and communicate with others. There are infinite topics a blogger can write about which is why it is so popular. Blogging is popular due to it being easy to get into and also because it allows large amounts of individuals to communicate with one another and share their content and ideas.

However, to get your name out to the wider public and construct a blog that is both different and appealing as well as providing quality content, there are a few tips that you can follow. These tips are:

1)Choose your niche 

Writing about many topics on your blog may seem appealing but to draw an audience, the audience must know what they will see every time they go onto your blog. The only way to achieve this is to write about one topic (eg fashion, beauty). On my blog, I mainly write about the media and my various opinions towards topics affecting society.

The easiest way to create an audience for your blog is to choose a niche and stick to it. Writing about many topics just won’t do it, sadly. Your blog would become oversaturated and would fail to do one great job and rather be subject to many mediocre pieces. Try not to do this.

2) Select a blogging platform

Choose the platform in which you will write on. I personally use WordPress as I find it incredibly easy to use and has a large array of plugins and other features to choose from. If you choose WordPress you have to choose between WordPress.com (Easier to use but less control) and WordPress.org (Self-hosted). There are other blogging platforms to choose from such as Blogger and Tumblr as well, which all have their own positives and negatives.

Research the different platforms and select one that best resonates with you. I, however, would recommend WordPress.com for your first blog due to its simplicity and ease of use.

3) Blog Design

A blog requires a design and template that is appealing as well as functional. Look through all the available templates and compare each until you find one that is suitable to your content. Some templates are more suited to journalistic styled blogs while others are more suited to photography blogs. Choose carefully but do not worry, choosing a template at a later date is easy and can be done at any time.

Do not use too many widgets and plugins also as this will make your blog look amateurish and may also increase the loading time of your blog!

I am currently using the “Lovecraft” theme and I find it does a great job for my blog layout.

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Just a few of the templates that you can find on WordPress.com. My current template is shown above.

4) Write quality content

Each post you write, make sure it is of great quality. It is the first impression readers will get when they enter your blog and can either make or break whether you’re successful. Your content must be engaging and provide thoughtful and succinct information that resonates with your audience. As you have now chosen a niche, make sure each and every single one of your posts relate to your niche. By doing so your audience will anticipate each post you write.

Make sure that each post is also edited perfectly. This means making sure that there are no spelling errors or problems with the improper use of grammar. However I understand that we all are human and have strengths and weaknesses, and some of our weaknesses may be writing. To combat this I would use a real-time editing software such as Grammarly to help.

5) Share your content!

Whenever you have completed a post, be sure to share your content with your various social media platforms. This ensures that all your followers and friends are able to view your content as soon as it is published. Make sure to include a featured picture as well as a personalised message as it’ll give the potential reader an insight into what the post will be about.

There are various widgets and plugins that make it more than easy to share your content on your blog as well as display your various social media accounts on your blog too, allowing readers to view your other content as well.

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When you are finished writing a post, in the sharing menu to the right of the post there is a selection of social media services you can connect to.

6) Communicate with other bloggers!

This is incredibly important and is a definite way to help your blog grow an audience as well as make potential new friends in the blogging scene. If on WordPress enter the “Reader” to view other bloggers content. If you like other peoples content, leave a like and a thoughtful comment. By doing so it shows the blogger that you like their comment and who knows, it may even land you a new follower?

In my experience bloggers on the most part are incredibly nice and are almost always willing to communicate and share ideas. Guest posts are another way to share your content and make new friends as well. I have done guest posting and the individuals I have met are inspiring and good-hearted. Never be afraid to put yourself out there and share your thoughts.

 

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The WordPress reader that allows you to view other bloggers posts through the “search” option and “followed sites” option. A selection of the “best” content of the day is also available in the “Discovery” option.

 

By following these tips, you should be on the way to successfully starting a blog that is unique and provides great quality content. Remember, results will not come instantly but through using these tips and the continuation of writing, you shall be growing an audience in no time.

Good luck!

A Writer’s Legacy

Featured, Personal

Death, the one thing that is inevitable. It cannot be stopped. Life can be prolonged but death cannot be conquered. It comes from the darkness, taking its due.

But not all is sadness, for as writers, we have abilities that can even live long past our own death.

I am talking about our legacy.

We write stories each day. We create epic journeys of heroes conquering evil, of forgotten races rising from the depths and of love appearing in places of darkness; and we sometimes forget that we can change peoples lives.

We as writers can change so many peoples lives, every single day.

With this post, however, I am speaking about, in particular, our legacy.

The Macmillian Dictionary states legacy as,” something that someone has achieved that continues to exist after they stop working or die.”

I strongly believe that a writer’s legacy is incredibly important. Our life stories are held in each word that is written. Our pain, happiness, and dreams are carved into each story we write. With each piece we write, our soul is embedded into it. When others read our work they are literally delving into the life we lived, be it good or bad.

I will not tell you how to leave your legacy as that is for you and only you to decide but please work hard on it. We have the ability to change the world around us. Words hold power, hence why all throughout history diplomats were used, particularly in military matters.

Work each day to craft your story into something worthwhile. Write stories, challenge yourself. Go on adventures, speak to people you normally do not. Gather stories from the world around you. Your legacy is writing and your writing is your legacy.

I know I want my legacy to be the single most important thing I ever achieve. It will be my soul living on beyond the grave. It will be my memory and how others will remember myself and the life I lived.

Do you want the same?

Comment below on what you wish your legacy to be.