Time. There is never enough of it. As sobering as that is to consider, you and I still have the same amount as Michelangelo, Charles Dickens, Homer, etc., an elusive twenty-four hour block.
And if we want to publisher to consider our work, we need to have a platform AND still have time for our books.
I sacrificed my blog this summer to work on my book because I could not find the time. But after revamping my writing goals, I committed to my platform once again. To do this, I created a game plan and tried to write faster by using a blog checklist.
What is a blog checklist? It’s the essential ingredients to most of my blogs.
- Strong opening paragraph, just above the posts image. This may sound prideful but it’s the cornerstone for the rest of the post. This is the hook, the question, or the issue.
- Solid image. Not something cheesy or overused or confusing. Just a good photo (I use free images from compfight with proper accreditation) pertaining to this post.
- Write in 2-4 sentence paragraphs. Keeps it clean, tight, and readable.
- Include personal or relative story. I’m a story teller, so it’s only natural I tell something about myself, family, or closely related story.
- Include Interlinks, I try to include at least one, this will help readers connect your ideas and get more familiar with your content.
- Closing statement, challenge, or call to action.
I put together this post in about forty minutes. A year ago it would have taken about an hour. This comes with practice and making sure you have a system, however, no system fits all.
If you have tips or tricks to write faster content please share below. I hope you find this posts helpful and encouraging. That, I hope, is always my intent.
How do you win the blog versus book battle?