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I have seen people writing 2-3 contents a day. Hows this even possible? It takes an author years to write a good book, how can one write 1000-1500 words per day in the form of content?
In the beginning, I was a little skeptical when I considered writing for this thread, simply because of the general consensus that everyone seemed to have in the sub.
Let me give you an example.
Not enough to make you hesitate? I’ll give you another example.
Here’s the reason why I was so skeptical in the first place.
- They both seem to think that writing at a fast speed isn’t something that they think is humanly achievable
- Even when you tell people like them, that it was possible to write a quality content in less than half the time that they took, I strongly doubt that they’ll believe it.
- The final reason was simple: I can create 13,000 word articles a day, that I know is original, and more importantly, is both SEO proof, and it also converts into subscribers and sales for this blog?
It is possible to create quality content fast
Don’t believe me? Every single blog post that you read on my site was created within 1 day, sometimes even less.
That’s a 9,000 word guide on average, mind you.
And if you’re thinking I work around 15 hours for each post, I churn out 1,700 words every half an hour.
No, I am not bullsh*tting you.
It’s something that’s at the heart of every well deserving content writer. It’s called practice, and a general ability to get things done fast.
And it’s a skill (writing fast) that gets me paid well for it – so might as well learn to do it in less time, so I can earn more, right?
In fact, this ability to write fast has helped me tremendously, and I strongly consider it to be a main contributing factor to the rapid success rate that Contentrific has seen in my Content Journey so far.
Make a decision now
If you’re reading this post after reading the thread at Quora, you might think i’m so full of it, that I probably don’t deserve your attention after all.
If you think that way, then frankly speaking, I can’t teach you anything today.
But if you truly want to learn how to create powerful, impactful content every single day, captivate audiences and readers with your every post, then this might be your lucky day,
Today, in this question, I’m going to share with you 5 simple reasons why the process of authors and content writers are totally different, and why it’s totally possible for the latter to be creating content so fast.
By the end of this answer, I want you to remove the self limiting beliefs that might currently hold you back, such as:
- I just can’t write!
- I don’t have fast fingers, those are for the pros!
- You are just scamming me – you have a team writing for you, don’t you?
Sadly, I wish I had a team, but I don’t (not now).
In fact, if you notice my progress on my own blogging journey, you’d realise that I’m hoping this blog will take off to the point in time where I am able to actually afford a team.
For now, though, Contentrific will have to work, based on my awesome Content Writing and Marketing skills *inserts evil doctor grin*.
#1: Our Directions Are Totally Different
Think about it.
When you write a book, you are essentially putting words onto print.
That means cost. Expenses. Man hours that simply does not come with online content.
What this means is that you end up having lots of delays, red tape and re-editing to make sure that the content is rock solid, and perfect.
Perfect for a book might come in the form of the following areas:
- Alignment with the overall angle of the book (that means a lot of thinking, mental crunching, and revising) before the book is even approved to be moved to the next stage of publishing
- The author might be asked to rewrite the entire book if it does not meet the standards of publishing – the original piece of work might have already been completed months ahead of schedule, but it’s simply not good enough
What does this mean for the author? Delayed time. Does this come with online content? Not really.
You see, online content simply follows a few simple editing processes, and the content can be approved for publishing. Note that they do not have the overall sunk costs and dead weight expenses that traditional publishers have, so the approach is entirely different.
- Does the content fit the overall strategy of the blog?
- Does the content have any grammatical errors?
- Did we cite the right sources?
- Are there enough call to actions within the content that gets readers to take specific action?
- Has this content passed through one or two rounds of editing?
Typically, by the time content passes this stage, the content writer only has to
#2: Traditional Authors Don’t Have That Many References Online
While traditional book writers have to conduct most of their mental mapping from their heads, especially with fiction books.
In contrast, online content writers typically blog about a niche, or a particular industry that they already have experience with.
This also means that online content writers have access to a depth of content that already covered a particular topic.
In other words, the playing field just isn’t the same.
This means that online content writers have a headstart, since a typical writing process might be:
- Decide on the topic that you want to write about
- Collect information online
- Make a stand about the topic, and decide your angle
- Gather all the statistics and facts that will support your stand
- Write the content in a way that is original
If you are thinking that this opens up the chances for the same kind of content that is just repurpsoed, and rewritten – welcome to the very sad era of blogging that we’ve arrived in.
When you contrast this simple process that content writers have to go through, versus the heap of a process and red tape that a traditional author has to undergo, you start seeing the differences in time.
#3: Content online follows a specific flow
I think that there is an unhealthy view that content writers don’t plan, that we just write about whatever comes to our head, when this is totally untrue, at least for bloggers who know what they are doing.
The fact is: most of the content that you see here are created fast, yes, but they do NOT sacrifice quality, simply because the majority of the thinking has already been done beforehand.
I’ll give you an example.
Traditional authors have to think through things like the storyboard, story line, the hero of the book, the conflict, and so on.
That takes up a lot of time.
However, online content writing has to take note of these elements as well.
We just call it a different term.
In online content writing, the act of planning for writing for the web is called a content strategy, which is a collection of plans, strategies and tactics that our content helps us to achieve our goals.
For example, if I wanted to sell tennis balls, I wouldn’t be writing a blog post about basketballs, would I?
That’s a very simple definition of content strategy at work.
The truth is: most of the content that you read online have been well thought through – they are just chess pieces on the board game of bloggers, and that’s the reason why they are created so much quicker than the traditional book writer.
#4 Authors are subjected to extreme scrutiny
Imagine you secured a major book writiing deal.
It’s worth 2 million dollars.
Would you take as much time to write, rewrite, and re-rewrite your content, or would you sit down one fine afternoon, and just write the entire book out?
Chances are, you’ll choose the second one.
Simply because traiditional book writers have a lot more weighing on their shoulders, the stress and mental toll that it can take for the traditional book writer can mean lost deadlines and timelines simply because their writing speed can be affected by these punishing thoughts.
In contrast, content writers don’t have that kind of stress on our backs. The most that we get is the question of – how can I write more persuasively, convincingly, and just make this piece of content 10x better than the other guy?
When you stack up the challenges that book writers face, versus challenges that content writers face, the time lags seem to become natural.
#5 Book covers? Print? Publisher delays?
Oh, what’s that? You have to design a book cover for your book? What’s that, your publisher got delayed?
This is again related to the red tape and significant resources that traditional writers have to deal with.
When you are a traditional book writer, you tend to work with the big boys – this means that you might have to go through the intern, the executive, the assistant director, the editorial, and finally, the publisher.
When you draw the entire process that both pieces of content have to go thorugh before they even see the day of bookshelves or on the Web, suddenly, it’s not so difficult to see why content writing is so much faster than traditional book publishing.
As far as I know, although authors and online content writers can take a huge difference in the time to publish their respective work, it’s not often due to the time that they take to write.
Most of the times, it’s because of the environment that surrounds the writer, as well as the restrictions that are imposed on him/her.
I’m learning so much more on my content marketing journey – and I know you will benefit from it.
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