At times, it seems content writing is sucking the life out of us.
You don’t want to write the next article or blog post because you feel stressed and drained.
Your brain is hammered. But your readers are always impatiently waiting for your next piece of writing. They want more content.
It happens to most content writers – even the best of us.
But content creation doesn’t have to feel like this. There are always better ways to do things.
There are smarter ways you can use to create content endlessly – without feeling stressed.
I create a lot of content myself – articles, blog posts, sales pages, email copies.
So, I have spent a lot of time pondering over my writing process and how I can make it feel friendly and easier for myself.
There has to be a systematic approach.
The demand for more content is only picking up more steam every year. It’s time to step up your game like I did.
So, without much ado, here is a list of tips I have compiled for myself to remain stress-free throughout the content creation process.
If you’re anything like me, you too should find these useful.
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Pick a Time and Place to Write
Before you start writing, you need to find a time and place to write.
You simply can’t expect to write great stuff when you don’t feel like writing or sit in place where your thoughts are interrupted.
Variety, as you know, is the spice of life.
When you feel like writing is becoming a routine task you can’t handle anymore, the first thing you should try is to pick a time when your productivity is at its height and a place where you feel fresh.
The best part about writing is that you can write just anywhere. It just has to be a new favorite.
Step out of your home or office and try new places.
You may like to write in a park, library, bookstore, art gallery, bar – or your aunt’s house.
Find out your best hours for writing and try writing in a new place and hopefully, you’ll fall in love with writing all over again.
Set Realistic Expectations
Many time, content creation overwhelms you simply because you set unrealistic limits for yourself.
Evaluate your content writing goals.
If you’re a one-person army, you should really check out whether the writing goals you have set for yourself are realistic.
Creativity is an important part of the content creation process. If you put too much pressure on yourself, you may lose the spark to create great stuff.
So, don’t be afraid to reduce the amount of content you are creating now.
Instead of focusing on pushing out more content, you should pay more attention to the quality of content you create.
Most people believe that users on the web have a great appetite for content, and so the more you give them the better.
Whatever niche you operate in, your audience is looking for content that can change their lives for the better.
If you believe you’re compromising the quality of content in order to publish more, you need to slow down.
Follow a Writing Template
Using a writing template makes the content creation easier and faster. You can create and use a writing template each for blog posts, sales pages, emails, press releases etc.
For example, a blog post writing template will be your base structure to build upon.
Every time you write a new blog post, you can revisit that template and get the job done without getting stressed.
A typical format for a blog post should include elements like headline, hook, image, body and conclusion.
Based on these fundamental elements, you can create a detailed template which outlines all the important parts and points of a good blog post.
Likewise, you can create a writing template for each content type that you create or plan to create for marketing purpose.
Talk (Rather than Write)
Talking is a lot easier than writing. At times when you are in a mood to talk (rather than write), just record as you speak.
Recording is an excellent technique to create all kinds of content – blog posts, sales pages, checklists, courses, quizzes etc. Use a recording app on your mobile phone to record.
Later, when you are done talking, you can easily transcribe the stuff as text.
There are multiple tools that you can use to convert your speech into written content or document file.
Using the recording technique, you can also repurpose your existing content and create new write-ups. It’s a lot of fun.
Hire Professional Help
Sometimes, the best way to deal with content creation stress is to hire someone who is ready to do it for you.
There are plenty of good content writers you can choose from. And the best thing is that hiring a writer is not dependent on location.
While you are in one country, you can hire and work with a content writer from any corner of the world. Or, you can decide to work with a reputable outsourcing agency.
When you work with someone who is open to your content ideas, you can also ask them to share their own suggestions and instructions.
They’ll be more than glad to join in and grow together with you.
Just remember to take the time to look in good places and vet the content writers well before you hire one.
Your own professional circle or group of friends is where you should start the search from.
Keeping pace with the content needs of your audience can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be so.
Provided you make a couple of changes to your approach and apply these tips, the process of content creation will become easier and more enjoyable.
You’ll be able to create more content in less time. And you won’t have to worry about stress anymore.