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Getting Into the Habit of Writing

Habit of WritingHow to Acquire the Habit of Writing

I was the person who always wanted to become a writer, but who did very little actual writing. This started when I was about ten years old. I would write the occasional poem or one page short story, but mostly I just talked about the stories I wanted to write without taking any action. This continued throughout my adult life. At some point I accepted the fact that I wasn’t cut out to be a writer, that others were more talented than I could ever be, and that I was now too old to write anything of great meaning and importance.

And then, at age fifty I came online and became an entrepreneur.

I realized almost immediately that I was going to have to write if I wanted to make a name for myself. So I threw my old beliefs out the window and started writing every day. In the beginning this was short, awkward blog posts on topics I didn’t know much about. Then it was slightly longer articles on every topic under the sun. And then, in the spring of 2007 I did something that would change my life forever…

I challenged myself to write an article a day for the next one hundred days.

This was a big deal for someone who had never written more than three days in a row before this time. But I was determined to follow through with this challenge and so I began. I didn’t write those hundred articles in the next hundred days. Instead, I wrote a hundred articles in seventy-eight days. And long before my challenge was completed something wonderful happened – I got into the habit of writing and actually thought about what I would be writing each day.

Getting into the habit of writing is a worthwhile habit to cultivate. Since that time back in 2007 I have written at least five hundred words just about every single day. This has manifested into fourteen bestselling books, hundreds of short reports, thousands of blog posts, and even more email messages to my community. It has also increased my visibility, credibility, and profitability steadily over the years.

Are you ready to get into the habit of writing?

I believe you must have a plan in order to do this successfully, like I did with my hundred day challenge all those years ago. Schedule a time to write each day. Decide what you will write. And tell others what you’ll be writing about.

Long ago I started the thirty day blog challenges where participants wrote one blog post each day for thirty days. This was effective in turning lots of people into writers. Do something similar for yourself and see what happens as you get into the habit of writing and grow your business exponentially.

I’m Connie Ragen Green, online marketing strategist, bestselling author, and international speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship and inner game mind shifts. Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

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How to Repurpose Your Content into Multiple Formats

Repurpose Your ContentHow to Effectively Repurpose Your Content

I’ve been a strong proponent of knowing how to repurpose your content for years now. When I first came online I was not a writer or even a content creator, so when I learned how powerful content creation and content marketing could be it just made sense that I would repurpose that content as well. The results have surprised everyone – including me- as my content continues to be found by people on six continents when they search for any of the many topics I am knowledgeable about in my online business.

I was just reading an article from Christine M Gallagher about 5 Easy Ways to Recycle Your Content (While Still Staying Sane) and she discusses how to take one piece of your content and repurpose it into five different formats. She states:

For busy entrepreneurs, it can often feel like a struggle to consistently come up with new and varied content that we’re told is so crucial to building our Internet empires.  However, let me offer you some relief by letting you know that you probably don’t need to be quite as prolific as you think.  The good news is, repurposing your content is perfectly acceptable—in fact, it’s vital to your online success.

One piece of content can live on in multiple formats, saving you time, energy and creative frustration.  For example, let’s say you begin with content you’ve prepared for an in-person talk or speaking gig or for a live teleseminar given over the phone.”

She goes on to share how that original content can be repurposed into a blog post (where I believe your very best writing should appear), an article (I like to syndicate these on LinkedIn Pulse and Medium), a free short report, a podcast (I’ve been podcasting regularly now since 2011 with two different shows, and with video (my YouTube channel serves as a “lifestyle” review of how I live based on having a global online business).

You can then go on to create newsletters, white papers (an industry term), slide presentations, audios, notes, study guides, checklists, and more. The list of possible types of content you can create, publish, and syndicate is almost endless and only limited by your imagination and desire to spread your knowledge and expertise far and wide. Never before in the history of the world has it been so simple and inexpensive to use these methods and strategies to build a business.

All of this serves to turn you into a content creation machine, and you will discover that your audience consumes this content in the way that is easiest and most comfortable for them. For example, my ideal method of learning is to read while listening, so if someone creates a recording of a short report I will read and listen simultaneously for best results.

Spend the time now to learn how to best repurpose your content, and then benefit from being able to say that people see you everywhere on the Internet. This single strategy has grown my business more than any other and helped me to get my message and information out to the world in a way that serves my business and the tens of thousands of people with whom I can then connect.

What questions do you have when it comes to knowing how to repurpose your content?

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Releasing Your Writing Inspiration Into Reality

Writing InspirationHow to Find Writing Inspiration

Once I came online and began writing I decided not to look too deeply for writing inspiration. Instead, I choose to be inspired by the bigger picture of what I’m able to achieve in my life because I write every single day. With that said, there is something to being inspired to write a post or an article or even an entire book based on a single, or even a series of events and this has certainly happened to me on a regular basis over the past decade.

Earlier today I was reading a post on writing inspiration from author Jeff Goins, and this is what I’d like to share with you from his latest post and podcast:

Quotes and takeaways

  • You have to dig deeper than others to create interesting ideas that are going to move, motivate, and connect with others

  • “What is obvious to you is amazing to others.” -Derek Sivers

  • Don’t settle on your idea until you have time to explore it

  • “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” -Michelangelo

As a writer we have an obligation to our readers to come up with ideas that will motivate and inspire them to think bigger and do more. Connecting with others is a natural way for us to be inspired, both in a positive and negative way. For example, someone may react in a disapproving manner to something you have written and this may result in you rewriting it and making it better than it was before.

The quote from Derek Sivers resonates with me as an online entrepreneur because of my own experiences with friends and family. When I began blogging they thought it was the most awesome thing in the world, and this made me take a closer look at what I was learning at that time.

Allowing our ideas to percolate is a part of the process. While driving across the country recently I had time to reflect on the various aspects of my business and to map out changes in my mind that I implemented each night in front of my computer.

I think of writing inspiration as being composed of the ideas I have that are currently locked inside of the block of stone. It is up to me as the sculptor to discover and release them. What inspires you to write and create?

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