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How to write a blog post in 30 minutes

As much as I love writing and sharing my experiences with you all through Fashion and Style Police, I must admit that there was a time when I struggled with publishing a blog post so regularly. It’s funny how it changed so quickly with constant practice. Now I put out a new blog post every day. This may seem really overwhelming for many of you reading this, but what if I told you I sometimes spend 30 minutes on some articles I write?

During my hours, days and months of trial and error, I was able to develop a system that helped me create blog posts faster and more efficiently without compromising quality.

 

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I assure you that this process is easy once you practice it consistently. But I must warn you that you have to be very patient and gentle with yourself while applying this process. It took me a while to get a hang of it.

Here is my exact content creation process.

 

Research first

Your speed of writing a blog post depends most on the work you put in before actually putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

It’s so much easier to write a blog post quickly when you have a good grasp of the information you want to share. If you’re already an expert in the topic you are about to blog about, that’s even better but don’t completely discard the research stage even if you know A-Z of your topic. There’s always something new to share.

 

Create an outline

The outline serves as a roadmap. It forms a skeleton of your blog post. Research coupled with a really good outline means that you’re done with 70 percent of the blog post.

An outline has all the subtopics and points you want to talk about in your blog post. All that’s left is for you to fill in the blanks.

For me, it takes about 10 minutes to create the outline. What I do is come up with a topic then break the topic up into subheadings or points depending on if I’m writing an essay or a listicle. Each item in the outline is a sentence summing up what I want to write about.

 

 

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Free write or dive into automatic writing mode

This is where the magic happens. Remember all those one-line sentences you wrote in your outline? In this stage all you have to do is expand on each of those sentences. Allow the one-line sentence to inspire the paragraphs that follow. Don’t overthink your words or sentences. Just write what comes to mind. I basically free write my way though my outline. To help me boost my speed, I also set 30 minutes on my timer.

Don’t edit. Just allow the words to flow. The reason why people spend so much time writing a blog post is because they over think the sentences and edit while writing. In this stage let your hands take control and write as it comes.

Once your 30 minutes is up re-read the article, edit and add references where you think it’s necessary. You may add personal stories into your blog post but make sure you do this after your 30 minutes is up so you don’t get carried away from the main material.

 

How long does it take you to write a blog post? Please share any tried and tested tip.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a lovely day.

 

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The Power of Journal Writing

I have always had a journal for as long as I can remember. There is so much power in journal writing, and as a lover of reading and writing, I can’t be without a journal. The power of journal writing can be so tricky to explain, but to do so in a few words, I would say, journal writing is the process of discovering your true self.

If you are stuck in a limbo or trying to find out who you really are, I would advise you to keep a journal for a few months. Those months would be all you need to discover yourself and what you are really on about. And you will be stuck journal writing for life too! It is that addictive.

 

 

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I recently came across an amazing stylish stationery brand – Pen Heaven. This brand offers a range of pens and journals from luxury brands, which can be engraved with a personalised message of your choice. I got the opportunity to have my blog initials engraved on this beautiful red Chianti Large Leather Journal. And I also got the same initials on this Cross Bailey Medalist Fountain Pen. They have both motivated me to journal write even more. The personalised touch makes them even more special. These 2 would be going everywhere with me for sure.

 

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These items would make great personalised gifts this Christmas. There are various pens and journals available, in different designs. So there should be 1 for everyone. If you in need of a truly unique gift for a special someone this Christmas or whenever, pop over to the Pen Heaven website. I am sure you would be spoilt for choice. I know I was!

 

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Why is Journal Writing so powerful?

Journal writing is the most effective way to capture our thoughts and dreams, which fuels our creative juice. That is what makes it so powerful. I would be lost without a journal or notebook. I prefer to have the pages of my journal lined, just like the one here. It keeps my hand writing neat, and helps the writing flow.

 

What do you think of my new journal and fountain pen? Are you a fan of journal writing? Please share your thoughts.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have a great day!

 

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When Life Gives you Lemons

When life gives you lemon, make lemonade! That has been one of my mottos for as long as I can remember now, and it resonated with me so much in the last few days.

These last few days have been very hard. But I am a born fighter, it is in my DNA, so I usually get right back to business as usual, as soon as I can.

 

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But I must confess, these last couple of days have been so draining. I have been drained emotionally and physically, which is why I have been unable to write as much I use to, which is very unlike me. I was still writing every day with newborn twins, and I thought nothing else could be as hard as that, but I was so wrong! But hey, when life gives you lemon, you make lemonade right?

Without going into too much detail, last week was full of stress from start to finish. From dealing with the most annoying blogger ever in my outreach world, to chasing late payments, and to dealing with even more stress at home with the kiddies. I started the week stressed and I ended it even more stressed.

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But I am here! I have bounced back from last week’s stress, and gradually going back to my usual work routine and feeling myself again.

So how exactly did I make lemonade out of the lemons life gave me? Well, one way is in my outlook of life. These ups and downs help me appreciate life and the little things like waking up everyday and feeling well enough to get out of bed and jump in the shower. It is amazing how many of us take these things for granted, thinking it is our birthright!

This stressful time also made me trust my intuition even more because I kind of daydreamed it all coming, only for it to start happening, if that makes sense.

This experience has made me trust my instincts and listen to that inner voice a lot more. They are yet to fail me.

Another thing I have learnt is to just sit back and relax when life becomes crazy, which is what I did.  If we recharged ourselves as often as we recharged our gadgets, we won’t have a problem. I have learnt to just go with the flow, and take things easy.

How do you make lemonade from the lemons life gives you? Please drop a comment in the comments section below. You might be saving a life.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

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