Meet EzineArticles’ Expert Author Camille Rodriquez in Today’s Author Showcase
Hailing from the Lone Star State (Texas, U.S.A.), Expert Author Camille Rodriquez wears many hats and that’s not including a Texan ten gallon cowboy hat. As a business owner, homeschool parent, women’s pastor, and social media enthusiast, Camille skillfully demonstrates how to expand the scope of your expertise relative to your lifestyle while still providing highly relevant, quality articles for readers.
“My articles tend to be in a variety of areas,” Camille stated. “There are certainly common themes to what I write, because I am the connecting piece, but I love to explore new ideas and new niches…”
Article Writing and the Creative Season
After changing industries and launching her own business, Camille knew article writing would play a huge role. “Writing articles is truly the best way to become a leader of thought in your industry or within your circle,” Camille commented. “It takes time, though, and there are different types of articles, different types of writing, and certainly different audiences.”
In article writing, focusing attention on the reader, their needs and how you can deliver is just the beginning. Camille acknowledges to raise the bar, you have to own every word of your article: “You can’t hide behind the article. You have to take a stand or a position, and if you’re willing to do that, your article efforts won’t be wasted, even if you are just getting started – again!”
To truly own your stance, Camille recommends expanding your thoughts, expanding your advice, and learning new things. This will not only help you add quality, meaningful articles to your article library, but you will grow to enjoy what you are learning.
Maintaining the stamina to write quality articles can often lead to writer’s block and doubts of your success. Camille admits “I find that article marketing strategies take me through seasons. One of the biggest challenges is not to get frustrated with myself if I’m in a less creative season than at other times. I still write. I still grow and learn, but sometimes I publish less. Seasons change and another creative season is just around the corner.”
Camille’s Article Writing Strategies
Set a Goal: “To be a successful article writer, you have to develop a commitment to the process and a consistent plan for writing… Set a realistic goal and stick to it. Maybe you want to have one article per week published. Do what it takes to stay on that schedule. Vary the time of day that you write, set aside dedicated time, etc., but make it happen.”
Write in Your Natural Voice: “Be who you are in your writing. Be honest. Be real. The best articles have an almost transparent nature to them, [i.e.] I can get a feel for the person behind the advice when I read them… That’s the best way to write.”
Share Meaning: As long as you unfailingly think about the fact that it is meaningful to you, it might be meaningful to others. “That allows me to make my articles helpful and useful for others. I always keep other readers in my mind – in a mental picture before me – as I write. It’s always about sharing quality information.”
Fend off Writer’s Block: “A combination of a change in scenery and a fresh opinion,” reading the newspaper to spark new ideas, or be inspired by your surroundings, such as “a crowd of people in a store” can help you fight writer’s block. One of Camille’s simple, but powerful weapons: the shower! “I don’t know why, but some of my best ideas come to me in the shower. I’ve taken to keeping my cell phone with a voice recorder on the bathroom counter so that I can quickly note my ideas after I get out of the shower. I wouldn’t want to forget them!”
Creative and resourceful, Camille’s expert advice comes from the roots of her own experience. Let your articles speak for you and your passions, and find what motivates you. Not only will you become a leader, but you will enjoy what you do.
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