Give vs. Take: “What Have Readers Done for ME Lately?”

Are You Asking the Right Question?

Content creation – no matter the type – can often feel like a one-sided relationship. You seem to give and give to your audience, but no one’s taking.

Before you nod in agreement, ask yourself one question:

Is what you’re giving worth taking?

You know what you’re giving is worth it when your audience is engaging and you’re networking with the right people.

You may find all of your writing efforts have been worth it when you look back at your year and see the changes in your traffic and exposure. But more importantly, you know it was worth it when you can look at the connections you’ve made and the feedback on how your articles, big or small, have positively impacted the lives of your readers.

But wait! Before anything else, ask yourself, “What have YOU done for your readers lately?”
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Busting the “There Are No New Ideas” Myth

Stuck on Old Ideas

As an Expert Author juggling your business and personal goals, it’s not easy to come up with an original article idea on the spot. Under the circumstances, you do your best with the resources and time you have. After all, you know the importance of maintaining a connection with your audience and you have an article deadline to meet.

Pressed for time, you stick to writing what you know: The standards of your niche.

But there’s one problem … Dozens of experts in your niche may also know what you know. Stuck, you exasperatedly exclaim:

“There are no new ideas! How am I expected to write anything new when everything has already been done?”

That’s a myth. There are tons of ideas waiting to be discovered. And you can discover them in the same manner Johannes Gutenberg rethought the printing press around 1440, which would influence the Age of Enlightenment and centuries later cause Mark Twain to say, “What the world is today, good and bad, it owes it to Gutenberg.”

You rethink an idea. You focus your creativity. You think critically. You problem solve. You use your own experiences to dust off old ideas, polish them into insightful articles, and make an impact that’s original and authoritative.
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20 Tips to Help You Improve Your Focus

Achieve Better Focus for Powerful Levels of Productivity

Is a lack of focus costing you?

Focus can be difficult in this distraction-driven world. Who can afford all of that precious time to be wasted?

Here are 20 tips to help you maintain focus on writing great articles that will build your credibility in your niche, increase exposure to readers, and help you save time to do the things you want to do.

  1. Eat Breakfast: As they say, (a healthy) breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it prevent hunger pangs, it helps your brain function. Don’t skip it – eat it!
     
  2. Drink More Water: Dehydration will make you feel tired, irritable, slow, or sick. If your brain doesn’t have enough fluid, then it can’t operate at peak performance and you’ll struggle to remain focused. Stay hydrated.
     
  3. Improve Your Environment: Make your environment work for you. If you concentrate better with music or ambient noise, then plug in those headphones. If noisy coworkers or family are beyond “disturbing” your concentration, then address it with them or request help.
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How to Avoid Article Writing Burnout

Are You Falling for This Myth?

You want to earn a spot in your niche with your incredible range of insights and experience. So you work diligently by squeezing content creation in between meetings, calls, emails, professional projects, home projects, family time, and much more.

You think you’re on a great track and you’ll never burn out as long as you keep up your momentum.

Eventually, you start to stay a little later working on projects and even work on weekends. You begin worrying about whether it’s working or if you should hedge your bets with this whole writing thing.

“Never mind,” you say. You still hold on to the idea that you will never burn out – giving up and in to burnout is for idle, non-dedicated people who don’t share your vision or passion. Short of an uncontrollable disaster, all you have to do is keep up this momentum and your hard work will pay off in the end … right? Wrong.
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Are You Making These 5 Grammar Faux Pas?

Heed These 5 Grammar Tips to Avoid Looking Pompous or Ignorant

Grammar is a touchy subject, especially for those who write professionally. After a lot of finger pointing and excuses, you’re either a member of the grammar police or an “I write in the language of my audience – grammar errors and all” rebel.

You don’t have to take sides. Think of grammar like this:

Language, with all of its idiosyncrasies from dialect to dialect, is the vehicle of your message.

You can get into the vehicle, but grammar is what drives your message to your intended destination.

When you come across an article about grammar, such as this post, don’t look at it as an accusation you’re failing at writing if you do or have done these 5 things. Look at it as an opportunity to get into the vehicle and deliver your message to your audience.

Let’s get started!
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Epic Formula to Beat Writer’s Block and Save Time

Writer’s Block Woes …

You’re staring at a blank screen, ready to tear your hair out.
You type a few words – almost reaching a full sentence – only to delete it, again and again.
You had an incredible idea while you were in the shower, but now you can’t remember it.
You would be able to write if you could just get the title right.
You’re stuck in the middle, completely unsure where to go.
You’re bored; that is, you share the same enthusiasm as a rock.
You’re searching for that perfect word, but it’s stuck on the tip of your tongue.
You would write, but that noise from the next room won’t let you to focus.
You think the lighting, the chair, or even the room itself isn’t conducive to writing.
You sit down to write, but end up watching cat videos instead.

Any of these writing pains sound familiar? Don’t worry:

There’s an easy solution to overcome these common writing obstacles.

Watch this quirky video to discover the The Ultimate Cure for Writer’s Block:


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How Do They Do It?! 20 Tips For Working and Writing Moms

Being a Mom Is the Toughest Job on Earth … But It’s Also Rewarding!

Wish you had more free time to be available for your child?

Wish you didn’t feel like you were sacrificing your family for your own professional ambition?

Wish you could balance it all: work, family, and goals?

Check out these great tips we collected from Expert Authors and our working moms on the EzineArticles team.

20 Tips From and For Working Moms

  1. It’s okay. There’s never a perfect balance. While spending time with your kids, you will inevitably think you should be spending more time working. While working, you will likely think you should be spending time with your kids. Set aside these thoughts and be in your present – on your kids, on your writing, or on the task.
     
  2. Drop the guilt. You cannot do it all, but you can do your best by focusing on what’s important to you. If you have feelings of guilt, consider why, what reasonably can be done about it, and create a plan to alleviate that guilt.
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Article Writing Tips to Retweet: April 2014

Every month @EzineArticles provides over 100 useful tidbits of information, motivation, and training for over 106,000 followers.

We’ve gathered some of the best ones from April right here. Retweet any of them for motivation or to share with your Twitter followers.

Just CLICK on  to Retweet.


Motivational

  • When you work for yourself, how do you judge if you’re successful? #writers pic.twitter.com/UWKsU7WBxm
     
  • Have the courage to step out of your comfort zone and view an issue from another person’s perspective.
     
  • Let the true you shine through in your articles. Your readers will latch on. #author #heart pic.twitter.com/BkCYukqoDX
     
  • Be solution driven. Treat the disease, not the symptom by targeting the origin of the problem.
     
  • A mistake is only a failure if you don’t learn from it. #motivation #quote pic.twitter.com/qBhsaOG30z

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EzineArticles Asks: What Are You Reading?

Want to connect with your audience?

Be a sponge:

Read!

Expert Author articles, books by famous authors, books by not-so-famous authors, news articles by ground-breaking journalists, posts by leading bloggers, and more – read everything and anything you can get your hands on. Thumb through celebrated periodicals and even divulge in a little guilty pleasure by browsing through those tabloids waiting at most checkouts – whatever you do read, absorb it and reflect on what you read.

These reflections will help you understand an author’s approach as well as the nuances and tricks of writing a convincing story that engages readers. And you need engaged readers who are compelled by your writing. A compelled reader will want more of what you offer by continuing from your article and on to your website because you’ve resonated with their needs and interests by striking a chord with them.

Without an engaged audience, you’ll be a one-man band playing out-of tune to an empty room.

Read to be engaged and engage others!
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End Your Frustration with Submission and Save Time

Too scared to hit submit? Relief is here.

Some people’s 20 minutes to craft an article may take you 5 or 6 days – and that’s not even including the days waiting during the article review process.

No matter how hard you try, you wonder: “Can I write articles? Is all of this time spent writing and editing worth my time? Is there a better way to get a ROI with article writing?”

Being an expert does not equate being a professional writer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your insights and experiences in articles. All it says is that you lack the skill set of professional writers to efficiently edit your own work, which in turn helps you avoid article rejection or embarrassing errors from slipping through. As a result, you exchange “fear of rejection” with “aim for perfection” and end up losing so much of your time that would be better spent adding value and increasing your bottom line.

Help – that will save you time, energy, and fear – is on its way with a great new service.

Watch in this quick video.


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