21 Ways Expert Authors Can Go Green

What Do Writing and Earth Day Have in Common? Green!

You make an impact on the world with your writing, so why not take it a step further by making a positive impact on your environment, too?

Check out these 21 ways to go green with your article writing efforts!

Save Paper

How much paper are you tossing every week? According to the EPA, paper makes up 27 percent of our trash and much of it can still be recycled.*

In addition to recycling paper products, here are 6 tips you can use to save some of that paper from making it to the trash.

  • Print less by going digital with an eReader (iPad, Kindle, Nook, etc.) for books and other reference materials.
  • Cancel the delivery of hard-copy periodicals and switch to online-only subscriptions.
  • Stop junk mail from reaching your door.**
  • Print less paper by using the “print on both sides” feature of your printer.
  • Use post-consumer recycled content (PCR) paper (recycled paper).
  • Get more out of your smartphone or tablet by downloading task reminder apps for notes, lists, and brainstorms.

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How to Make Writing a Habit (That Sticks!)

Start Building Toward the Future You Want

You want to write because you know that it’s an incredible tool to build exposure and leverage your authority as an expert in your niche.

So you sit down to write, but you find yourself distracted. Or your find yourself putting it off, excusing this writing session for other tasks. Whatever the story is, you’re not getting any closer to meeting your writing goal.

This is a similar story for all of those people who wanted to exercise, learn a new language, play the piano, or pick up some other fulfilling task that will either help them meet professional or personal goals.

“Here’s what you’ve got to do,” the gurus say. “You’ve got to make writing a habit. Simply drum up the discipline, write for 21 days straight and voila! You’ve started a new habit and are well on your way to success.”

Sound familiar?

Here’s the rub: What happens when you lose steam and stop because that habit didn’t stick?

Everyone can recommend a strategy that has worked for them, but the fact of the matter is that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” strategy. You need to find a strategy that works for you.

Let’s do just that – let’s build a habit that sticks.
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Turn Off Your TV and Write Articles!

You May Be Turning Off Your Screens, But You’ll Be Turning On Your Life!

It’s Screen-Free Week! Also known as Digital-Detox Week and TV-Turnoff Week, this is an annual international event to encourage everyone to turn off their screens and “turn on life.”

Consider how much of your days are sucked up by constantly checking your text messages, voice mail, email, social media notifications, news feeds, so on and so forth – all because you just can’t bear to miss something. Then add that to the amount of time you watch television.

12 Hours (Maybe More) of Media per DAY

Last year, it was reported the time spent per day with major media by adults averaged 12 hours and 5 minutes every day.* Granted, much of that may have been spent connected to devices while at work, but that only accounts for an average of 8.4 hours a day on a typical 5-day workweek. This means we spend the majority of our waking moments plugged in for professional and personal gain.

For all of those non-work related media devices this week: Turn. It. Off.

We promise: it can wait. Look up from your televisions, your smartphones, your tablets, and other devices in order to experience your environment and the relationships around you. Use this information to recharge your writing!
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10 Ways to Inspire, Motivate, and Encourage a Young Writer

April 10 Is Encourage a Young Writer Day!

From poems to short stories to autobiographies to much more, young writers are getting a burst of writing inspiration today!

So why not include articles into the mix? Encourage young writers to offer their insights to the world through article writing!

Yes, even kids are specialists – in their own way. Many kids, with just an ounce of encouragement, will talk your ear off about their hobbies or interests. They know how to perform complicated tasks that even adults have a difficult time handling. And they are often more aware of the latest trends than adults!

Help them channel all of that youthful knowledge and passion by encouraging them to write. Here’s how!

10 Ways to Encourage Young Writers

You can help kids overcome writing anxieties and motivate them to write. Here are 10 ways you can write or discuss writing to encourage young writers:
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EzineArticles Asks: Do You Edit Your Own Articles?

Share Your Answer to This Question and More in the Comments!

“[Copy] editors know that the catch with machines checking spelling is that if it’s a legitimate word, the machine smiles, oblivious to whether it’s the right word in context. ‘Lemon aide’? Well sure. ‘Lemon’ and ‘aide’ are both real words. But can one enjoy a cool glass of ‘lemon aide’ in the garden?” — Gypsy da Silva

While there are some who take delight in editing and proofreading, for many it’s an arduous task.

Editing includes …

Proofreading

First there’s proofreading by checking:

  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar

That’s not too bad, right?
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Article Writing Tips to Retweet: March 2014

Every month @EzineArticles provides over 100 useful tidbits of information, motivation, and training for over 104,900 followers.

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

Just CLICK on  to Retweet.


Motivational Quotes and Writing Advice

  • True? “Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.” – Lawrence Kasdan
     
  • Your failures do not equal your future. It’s your willingness to try and dare to fail that allows you to achieve success. Let failure go.
     
  • Stop waiting for inspiration – go after it with practice and exercise your creativity like a muscle.
     
  • Even the smallest wins are still wins. Be proud of yourself.
     
  • Find someone you trust (who will be unbiased and honest) to provide suggestions for improvement as well as what they liked or disliked.

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30 Original Article Templates for Competitive Expert Authors

You’ll Be An Unstoppable Writing Force With These Fresh Article Prompts

Big news! We’ve just released two brand new Article Template packages:

  • Environmental Impact Article Templates
  • Putting It All Together Article Templates

What’s so great about these packages featuring 15 brand-new interactive article templates each? They will:

  • Help you recall your knowledge and experiences to share with the world
  • Crush writer’s block by offering endless article topic possibilities
  • Guide the format of your articles for maximum impact
  • Make increasing your authority more fun and exciting

What Are Article Templates?

Keeping connected with your audience is easy with EzineArticles’ Article Templates. Containing highly detailed writing prompts with the recommended format of each article, these Article Templates make it easy to engage readers combining your unique experience and credibility with an easy-to-read format that’s friendly to readers.
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15 Article Templates You Won’t Find Anywhere Else!

Not sure what to write for your next set of articles?

Look no further than the Potpourri Article Template package featuring these 15 article ideas.

Why these article templates? Not only do they make writing easier by giving you the structure and a paragraph-by-paragraph walk through, they also give you that spark of inspiration to tap into your innermost thoughts in order to share them with your readers.

And I should mention, as Article Templates go, these are truly special – you’ll see!

The Potpourri Article Template Package

  • Find Inspiration in the Trash Article Template

    You know the saying: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Give your readers step-by-step instructions on how they can check the trash for those great treasures.

  • Procrastinate Now Article Template

    Procrastination is a great motivator, but some of us just don’t know how to truly tap into it. Show your readers how they too can achieve absolutely nothing by creating a plan that’s always … for tomorrow.

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10 Ways to Make People Fall in Love with Your Article

You’ll Want to Bookmark This Post!

We’re going to skip the cliches about love, romance, and other sundries.

You want to know how to make people fall in love with your articles.

Let me be frank with you: it’s not a walk in the park. It takes being honest with yourself and practice, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile!

These 10 steps will help you connect with readers, build your exposure, and you’ll have a lot more fun with your writing in the process.

Let’s get started.

1. Calling all thrill-seeking titles!

A good title is the difference between stating “I have a story to tell you” and “you’re not going to believe what just happened to me.” The latter always trumps the former – always. People want to be surprised and even possibly shocked. They want to feel included, like you’re sharing some private secret or giving them information that’s exclusively for them.
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10-Step Spring Cleaning Checklist for Expert Authors

Spring Is in the Air!

Ready to bust out your mop bucket, brandish your feather duster, and rotate your wardrobe from winter to summer?

Hold on! We’ve got something so much better:

It’s time to spring clean your writing routine!

Use this checklist to give yourself relief from clutter and overwhelming disorganization. It’ll help you be more productive in your article writing and content marketing efforts!

  1. Tackle your workspace, including clutter on your desk and on your computer’s desktop. Keep only what you need at arm’s length and on your desktop. Lose the piles of paper stacked at your elbows and the dozens of folders and icons on your computer. Toss/delete items that no longer hold relevance, create a home for in-progress items that you’ll need immediate access to, and stow away other items that you’ll need for reference in its proper home.
     
  2. Create zones in your workspace! No one wants to scramble to pay their bills and search for that last genius idea because it’s lost to the abyss. If you work out of your home office, then have a zone specifically for writing materials to isolate it from your “paying bills” and “storage” zones.
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