For over 30 years, Daniel Murphy has had a strong interest in why some people are successful (financially and otherwise) and why others aren’t. He spent an immense amount of time reading up on the subject and this research has helped him start his own website, blog and business.
Daniel has two goals he’s looking to fulfill with each of these endeavors: (1) offer a comprehensive resource made of book reviews on wealth building and success so you don’t have to read every single book out there yourself, and (2) provide motivational and self-improvement information to help others build wealth, get financial independence and achieve success in every aspect of life.
He started toward these goals by writing standalone articles and content for his website in 2008.
At first, the topics of his articles were somewhat random and not tied together. When he felt compelled to write on a certain topic, he would just get started. He had no goal of when he needed to finish reading a certain book or when he needed to get started on his next article.
Soon, he found that keeping track of the subjects he’d already covered and organizing his writing more for consistency sake were both paramount to his success as a productive writer. He quickly realized that he needed to develop a writing schedule and keep a list of related topics to write on at any one time.
He says, “I usually create a list of ten potential article titles which gives me the subject areas to write on. I have found that continuous writing and submission is essential to effectively drive traffic. Every time I slack off on the submissions, my traffic suffers. Fortunately, I enjoy writing in my subject areas: success, building wealth and book reviews.”
Doing research and thinking critically about published pieces he comes across helps him become an even better writer with a clear voice in his niche.
He says, “Article writing forces you to become well read and competent in your field. It makes you think more clearly about your subject areas. The best way to learn anything well is to teach it and writing articles is a form of teaching. The more one writes, the better one becomes at it. There is no substitute for just getting in there and doing it every day you can.”
Finding Blocks of Time
Lastly, Daniel shares his typical writing environment and how he schedules his writing sessions:
“I have a small study in my home. I choose a small block of time in the evening or on a weekend to brainstorm ideas for my title lists,” he says. “I also add ideas throughout the week as they occur to me. Then, I find slightly large blocks of time (1-3 hours) to write articles. I do this several evenings a week and on weekends. I close my door and play soft music most of the time.”
How do you define success in your own article writing? Leave a comment to share your thoughts on this, or if you’re having trouble, maybe one of Daniel’s articles can point you in the right direction.