How to Increase Your Publishing Rate to Earn More Income
Practical tips based on what’s worked for me.
I know you may be skeptical after reading a ton of other “how to” posts about increasing your earnings that just didn’t pan out for you. And if you’re like me you are likely also tired of hearing people advising you to, “Write more!” and “Write faster!”
If you are someone who hasn’t been able to post daily but who wants to, you aren’t alone. There are a lot of us out there who just don’t write as much as we’d like or feel we need to in order to succeed as writers. I’ll give my regular caveat, which is that not everyone is comfortable trying to force themselves to publish once or twice a day and we all have our own goals. If you don’t want to increase your publishing rate or if earning money isn’t one of the reasons you write, then don’t feel like you have to change anything just because it seems like the most common advice on Medium. Do what’s right for you.
If you do want to earn more money and publish more often then I hope my experience learning how to increase my posting frequency will make it so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I’ll give you some practical, useful tips based on what’s been working for me since I started writing on Medium.
So many people say, “I want to write daily, but I don’t have the time,” “I’m not a great writer,” or “I’m just not in the right head space.” Honestly, I can relate But there are ways to do it fast and efficiently so you can build your brand and build your name.
There are a few basic techniques that i rely on that have helped me publish more often, despite not normally able to write more than about four or five new posts a week at the most. I won’t say I’m at the level I’d ideally like to be, but I have increased my output to averaging at least seven posts a week.
Come Up With Ideas You Can Write About Off the Top of Your Head
The most useful technique I use to writer faster is to come up with ideas I can write up without too much effort and zero research. This wasn’t easy for me at first and it’s still not entirely second nature. But I’m getting better at it and the more I do it, the easier it gets.
If you have trouble coming up with ideas you can write about try this. Generate five general topics you know enough about to write with zero research. They don’t have to be huge ideas like relativity or complex areas like rocket science. On another platform I write on, two of the top earners write on growing tomato plants and swimming pool maintenance. I guarantee there are things you know about that can provide useful information to other people.
Once you have those topics, come up with personal experiences you’ve had that are related to as many of them as possible. I promise you when you do this something will light a spark and you’ll be off and running. The rest of the ideas you can save for another writing session or even write up more than one the same day.
Limit your post so that it covers just three points to discuss about your topic. Write each point down. Now create a quick introduction and quick end paragraph with a takeaway or concluding thought.
For this post the three points I talk about are the one you are currently reading about, a point about not being perfect, and a third one about using time limits. Under each one I explain several ideas that address the point but I don’t worry about outlining it ahead of time. I just go with it.
Don’t Worry About Perfection
Try to keep the mindset that you are writing for the garbage bin. Don’t worry about it being perfect or even good, just get the information down as fast as possible. You don’t have to include every possible point. This is one that I have always had problems with. I will often get lost in my writing by trying to include every single thing that might be said about the topic or let myself get lost going on and on. Say it quickly, say it succinctly and move on.
Keep in mind the 80–20 rule. The 80 percent is comprised of the big ideas that make up the main point and the big picture. The 20 percent consists of the small points that no one will really miss if they aren’t there. You might feel they are glaring omissions because you are writing it but no one else will. Even without the 20 percent, your post will offer something of value to the reader.
The speed of implementation is what’s important not striving for perfection. I know there will be those that disagree with me, and again how you view this and how you choose to handle it depends on your goals and your personal preferences. But no matter what these consist of, failing to make your article perfect based on your definition for your post will rarely be enough to put off a reader or make your post lacking in value for them.
Write Within A Time Limit to Get Down the Bones, Then Clean It Up
Here’s the best way I’ve found to write fast instead of getting caught in constructing the absolute ideal post. First, let go of the idea that there is such a thing as the ideal post, there isn’t. Now that that’s out of the way go back to a school mentality. Remember when you took essay tests and had to write a certain number of them in a class period?
I remember having AP history and having to write three complete essays with a beginning, middle and end in 50 minutes.
I’ll be generous on this one and give you an extra 10 minutes to write just one essay Once you select a topic set a timer for one hour. Don’t spend time planning your essay before hand, don’t even come up with your three points. If you try to create your subtopics before hand, you are more likely to go back to the idea of creating a perfect essay and feel the need to come up with the perfect points. Remember, there are no perfect points, there are just the three points you will discuss that will provide value.
Okay, go! Now, with the timer started, come up with the three points, brief intro and takeaway, and write! While you didn’t get extra points for finishing ahead of time in school, I’ll give you that also, one extra point for every minute under 60. You were how many minutes under 60? You speed demon, you!
Once you finish writing out what you want to say stop. Now you can go back and edit it so that it is cleaned up. But do not, I repeat, do NOT add new material. You can expand something slightly if you to for it to make sense. You can delete material that isn’t needed. You can certainly insert missing words, and correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. But that is it. You are done. Congratulate yourself, hit publish and reward yourself with a special treat. You earned it.
The next idea is. . . Oops! Sorry, no can do. I’ve already used up my allotted three. Guess you’ll just have to check back in the future for my next article!
But the good news is that If you apply these concepts you will discover how much easier it is to produce new content regularly that provides value for your readers and helps you grow your name recognition and earnings. Give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Natalie Frank (Taye Carrol) has had work featured in Haunted Waters Press, Weirdbook Magazine, Siren’s Call Publications, Lycan Valley Press and Zero Fiction among others. Her poetry has been featured a several anthologies. She is the Managing Editor for Novellas and Serials at LVP Publications.
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