HI, Iím Nick from the 411Writers team, and if you are at least one bit interested in another content writerís inspiration story, you are more than welcome to give this article a chance. This will be a 101 of my work process. Of course, inspiration comes and goes and canít be exactly the same every time but Iíll summarize the most important things that keep me going.
Also, when youíre paid to reach a certain word count on a daily basis, you must find your waysÖ
Okay, first thingís first, and I couldnít care less how much of a cliche this is, but coffee is important. Period. Black tea also works, with a little bit of milk, just like an English guy (plot twist - Iím Bulgarian). To be honest, any warm drink that doesnít taste awful works. I just get this "cozy sensation", relax my mind, and Iím ready to roll.
Yes, please! But, in most of the time, I work in an office. An office with a strict no-alcohol policy. This 1.1 applies only for freelance work or me writing for myself. Coffee is still on the list though, I just need to have a few beers and why not a double Scotch for dessertÖ
Okay, Iím done with the Bukowski bullshit. Skipping forward to choosing background music. I am a self-learned musician and I love music. Almost any kind of music is welcome. Choosing the right music depends on the project Iím working on. I split them into 3 categories.
The quantity kind;
The quality kind;
The third kind;
For the quantity kind, (which used to be 70% of my daytime job), the SEO agency I worked for had dozens of new customers daily. We would write the same spun content with different keywords and success stories until we break the keyboards. Then we get new keyboards and keep on with the same old, same oldÖ For that kind, I just go with Spotifyís Discover Weekly playlist (the only reason I love Mondays). After Iím bored with it and Iím still not done, I would usually play alternative/indie rock Spotify/Pandora/Youtube/friends suggestions.
The quality kind requires more concentration and music can be quite distracting. I mentioned that I love music. I canít "waste" a potentially good song as a background music. My brain needs to focus on the writing and not admiring that funky bass line. Luckily for me, there is music composed especially for that kind. Any Lo-Fi playlist out there will do the trick for me. I also find the Vaporwave genre work just fine. Never heard of it? Just Google it and youíll see what I mean.
Okay, itís time to reveal the mystics about this "third kind". There is not a particular example of a writing job that classifies as "the third kind". Every "quantity" or "quality" kind can transform into the third kind. This is when I really need a reboot. How do I reboot myself? Stop the music? Nice tryÖ Well, I technically pause whatever is currently playing and I go to these "white noise generators". However, I donít go for the white noise option, I prefer the brown noise much better. Itís a mix of lower frequencies that matches my dark thoughts perfectlyÖ
#3. The Actual Writing
Iíll spare the usual "initial research, keyword strategy, target audience" talk. Yes, all of these are required and if you actually need someone to tell you that, you should give up on content writing. Anyway, back to me and how I do itÖ
As fast as possible!
Honestly, when Iím overthinking it, it ends up badly. If my coffee is alright and my headphones/stereo work, thereís nothing that can stop me. Iím not talking about rushing! Iím talking about letting your imagination become a well-structured piece of words. Just like Mr. Ray Bradbury says:
"Write. Don't think. Relax."
I couldnít agree more. And I need my coffee and choice of music to do that. The rest is believing in myself, which I do, obviously.
Itís been exactly 43 minutes since I started writing this (Facebook chatting included). I feel like itís time to finish things up. This is the tricky part. The endings usually take more time than the actual pieceÖ
Anyway, Iím going to end this right now. Any thoughts?