Become a Better Expert Author With Journaling
Question: How does an athlete gain a competitive advantage?
Question: How does an Expert Author gain a competitive advantage?
An athlete utilizes all of their resources to help them practice (e.g., fitness facilities, practice fields, coaches, and game film). As an Expert Author, every time you “practice” (i.e., gather information, test, analyze, draft, edit, and submit), you strengthen your writing abilities to become a more efficient author. In addition, every time you publish, you build your article portfolio to build exposure and assert your authority in your niche. In turn, you create an incredible competitive advantage and become a leading source for your readers.
One such “practice” method for Expert Authors is quite simple, but powerful: The Art of Journaling.
Journaling can help you generate article ideas, increase your efficiency, and incorporate creativity into your articles. In turn, journaling will ultimately help you strengthen your writing skills to better reach your audience, save time, and give you the ability to focus your energies elsewhere.
Practice With These 5 Easy Journaling Exercises
- Pick a day to generate article ideas (preferably a day where you feel the most creative). Set aside at least 20 minutes to brainstorm and jot down ideas. At the end of the 20 minutes, select the strongest of your ideas based on your audience’s interest and value. Elaborate on these ideas during your next article writing session.
- Bring your journal with you. Article ideas are all around us and you never know when or where the next great article idea may come from. Don’t let opportunity or inspiration pass you by – strike while the idea is hot!
- Draw a vertical line down the middle of your journal’s page to create two columns. In the left column, create a list of general categories in your niche. In the right column (across from the corresponding category), list subcategories. These subcategories can help you narrow down overwhelming topics and better target your audience. For example, a category like “Weight Loss” might be broken down into the following subcategories: “Childhood Obesity,” “Food Addiction,” and “Dieting.”
- Keep a personal account of your feelings and thoughts throughout the day. Review what you have written at the end of each day to see if there are any article ideas that could be pulled from your daily musings.
- Take a break from your perspective and look at your niche from your audience’s view. Create a persona that reflects your readers’ needs, habits, feelings, etc. and then imagine scenarios relevant to your niche that the persona might encounter.
An athlete continues training even during the off season to ensure they maintain a competitive advantage and don’t lose everything they have achieved. The same is true for Expert Authors. Allow journaling to become a part of your daily routine by practicing these easy exercises.
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