Before now I’ve always thought my published stories were my greatest assets.
A few weeks ago I discovered I was wrong.
The worth of a man is not what he’s done but what he’s yet to do.
How draft will rule
Imagine you write for a publication.
And one day, they sent a memo to all contributors to check their mail at 11:30 am the next day for a prompt.
And just as announced, everyone receives a mail that the first 10 writers to submit five 750 to 1000-word articles in 30 minutes will get the sum of $1,500.
Honestly, would you be one among the ten?
In that old classic on building wealth, Arkad who was the richest man in Babylon said:
“If you have not gained more than a bare existence in the years since your youth, it’s because you have failed to learn the laws that govern the building of wealth, or else you do not observe it.”
If your answer to the question was a “No” or “I don’t think so” then you need to include that in your resolution for the year 2020.
That’s what will differentiate between writers who will float both in influence and affluence in 2020.
Like never, the clients are shifting their attention to writers and articles of high quality and tangible value.
Articles that only motivate are now taking the back seat.
Those that help the clients with their problems, goals, and dreams are taking the front seat.
The multitude of readers are shifting their attention toward that direction.
And you can guess what that means:
Where the attention is, there the people will go. And where the people go, there the money, the influence, the recommendation, and the likes will go.
That’s why I wrote this:
To get you aware so you can start preparing for the future.
Start Saving and Developing Your Ideas
Start filing drafts in your folder and developing them later.
Your folders are your bank account. Start saving your ideas there.
And it’s not enough to save a few sentences there; also develop them during your leisure hours.
Realizing that most of your files will be outlines or first drafts.
The aim is that at the end of each week you should have 3 to 4 drafts ready for publishing.
Here’s an approach I recently developed for myself:
Sunday: Write two articles. Publish one and edit the second later.
Monday: Write and edit one article. Publish either of the two I deem fit.
Tuesday: Write two articles. Publish the draft I saved on Monday. Then edit these two completely.
Wednesday: Write and edit one article. Publish anyone of the three.
Thursday: Write two drafts. Edit one completely. Publish any of the three ready for publishing.
Friday: Write one draft and edit completely. Publish either this one or the two already edited drafts.
Saturday: Write two drafts and fully edit them. Publish any of the four ready for publishing.
This way in a week I will have 3 to 4 drafts ready for publishing.
There are two benefits it offers:
1. Ransom the rainy day
Should anything happen the following week that will prevent me from writing as the week begins, I already have 3 articles ready to publish.
2. Better quality drafts
Editing and reviews are better with sufficient time between time between when you write an article and when it’s published.
It will not be business as usual
Everything is changing.
The writer who only writes thought pieces without tangible value will get ignored.
That shouldn’t be you.
Knowledge in advance, they say, helps you prepare.
I have told you.
You now know that motivation alone won’t be the right option.
Rather it’s articles with real nuggets and steps that can move people forward that will determine the economy of each writer in 2020.
So read materials to broaden the horizons of your perspective.
And also observe life closely, you will see the hidden principles at work in it.
They help in coming with something valuable to share with your client (readers or audience alike).
Good Enough is no Longer Good Enough.
Step up the quality of your writing.
Improve the experience of those who read what you write.
Eliminate as many errors as you can.
Good writing without too obvious errors is a delight to the soul.
Reading an error-laden article is like traveling on a terrible road on a sunny day.
Nobody likes the experience.
So make your article free from grammatical errors as much as you can.
Some apps and extensions really help.
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Thanks for your time
I hope you got an idea or two for it.
Together we shall thrive in 2020.