When it comes to writing, you are likely to be hit with a different opinion for every article you read. Your content should be short and to the point. Or it should be long and cover all bases. The mass of conflicting advice on the internet is a headache in the making for any aspiring content writer.
I am here to add my two penneth, but hopefully it will create no headaches. I am not here to tell you that your articles should be x or y. I am here just to deliver a very simple message.
That’s all. Just write. Don’t worry about what you are writing, or how you are writing it. Don’t worry if your spelling is poor. Don’t fret if your grammar leaves little to be desired.
Once you have finished writing, you can then go back and check. You can read over your words and decide whether or not they are worth the virtual paper they were written on.
The key to writing is so bloody simple, and yet so many people out there want to overcomplicate it. They often forget one simple fact – content cannot be good or bad until it is in existence, and even then, the judgement of it is wholly subjective.
Don’t worry about how you should deliver your message; just write what comes naturally and judge it by your own standards. If you do this, your writing will be distinctive and unique. It may not be a work of art, but improvement will only come through more writing.
Quality Follows Quantity
As far as I am considered, quantity and quality are not enemies. They are simply two steps in a process. As I have already stated above, you should be writing as it comes naturally, without fear for the quality of what you are creating.
When you have exhausted your immediate mental capacity for content creation, you can then consider the quality of your writing. If you have just created a work of art, congratulations. If however there is nothing worth saving in what you have written, then push it aside and move on.
In writing bad content, you will understand how not to in the future.
Write Me A Song
Song writing is a great analogy for content creation. You should write as many songs as possible. Don’t worry about whether they are good or bad, just get them out of your head and onto paper (or recorded). Come back to tweak them later, or dump them if they are poor. But when it comes to your album, only the cream of the crop should make it.
Content creation follows a similar line. Your published content is your music album. Only the cream of the crop makes it. No one needs to know about the rest, but that is not to say that it hasn’t helped you – all of that bad content took you towards creating the good.
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