Do you have a hard time waking up early to cook breakfast before heading in to work? Is that cup of coffee you’re clutching the only thing making your morning tolerable? What if I told you that there was a way to enjoy a breakfast and that lifesaving coffee at the same time… all while only drinking between 250-450 calories? That’s right, I’m talking about a healthy breakfast smoothie that will satiate that morning hunger and get you that much-needed caffeine your body has become reliant on. Not to mention, you only need three to five minutes to prep the entire thing! If that sounds like a savior to your morning, then continue down the page for a simple healthy breakfast smoothie recipe that will change your life forever.
Protein powder of your choice (Vanilla, Banana, or Snicker doodle tastes best!)
Add ice, your choice of water or cold brew, and protein powder to your blender
Blend for 15-20 seconds and remove the lid
Add two tablespoons of peanut butter and a splash of milk or your favorite creamer
Place the lid back on the blender and blend for another 20-30 seconds (This can be done longer if you do not have a great blender or crushed ice. The last thing you want is chunks of ice in your smoothie!)
Remove lid once again, pour, and enjoy as you head off to work, practice, or whatever you may have going on that day!
NOTE: If you want to make enough for the entire week and freeze it, all you need to do is multiply the ingredients by however many days of smoothie you need. Then, pour an even amount into whatever drinking containers you own that can be place din the freezer. Simply pull out and thaw when needed!
There you have it, an easy and healthy breakfast smoothie recipe that will satisfy and simplify your daily breakfast routine. One of my favorite things about this smoothie is that it can be made so many ways too. If you don’t want that milkshake type smoothie for breakfast, remove the ice and simply shake in a protein shaker. Want some additional coffee flavoring… use a mocha flavored protein powder. Not a fan of peanut butter? Replace with any other form of nut butter that you enjoy! Looking for a fruity flavor? Switch the cold brew to a refrigerated blonde coffee and add fresh fruit. This healthy breakfast smoothie recipe is extremely versatile and will 100% change your breakfast game for the better. So change that alarm from 6:00 AM to 5:55 AM and test out this awesome smoothie for yourself!
So far, cooking while under quarantine has been very intriguing. Most dishes that I want to make, I can’t, simply because I’m missing one or two things. I’ve really been trying to avoid the grocery stores as well unless its an absolutely dire necessity. Luckily for me however, when digging through my pantry yesterday I realized that I had all the ingredients for chicken noodle soup. Thus, my InstantPot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe was born.
1 to 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) of chicken
1 Bag of carrots (Your preferred carrot will work, but I enjoy crinkle cut carrots in my soup)
1 Bag of Egg noodles (or whatever noodle you prefer)
1 Diced onion
1 Tablespoon of butter
4 Cups Chicken Broth
4 Cups Water
A few pinches of oregano and garlic salt
A sprinkle of Cajun seasoning (optional)
InstantPot Chicken Noodle Soup Process
This first step ultimately has two options – 1) Dice chicken to cook, or 2) Leave chicken whole and shred later on after the lid has been removed and the quick release has been performed. I personally enjoy diced chicken more than shredded chicken in soup, so that is how I will be explaining the rest of these instructions.
After chicken is diced, turn the InstantPot on to high sauté and let it warm up
Once warmed, melt the butter in the InstantPot and then drop your diced chicken in to cook for roughly 10-15 minutes (or until done)
Add the bag of carrots, the onion, the few pinches of oregano and garlic salt, and the optional dash of Cajun seasoning
Stir all ingredients together, then let sauté for another 8-10 minutes
Pour in the chicken broth and water now, then cover the InstantPot
Switch from sauté to high pressure and let cook for another 10-12 minutes
Once the high pressure-cooking timer has rung, let your soup natural release for 10 minutes
Quick release any remaining pressure and remove the InstantPot lid (HERE is where you would shred your chicken if you chose not to dice)
Add the egg noodles (or whatever noodles you purchased) into the soup and cook until they’re complete (another 8-10 minutes)
And that’s that, a deliciously simple InstantPot chicken noodle soup recipe that will be sure to leave your stomach rumbling for seconds. Pro-tip, this chicken noodle soup pairs extremely well with some homemade garlic toast (recipe on the way) or even Ritz crackers (crazy, I know). As always, be sure to visit DustyPosts to see all the other recipes I’ve thrown together throughout my life, and leave some comments below with how it turns out. Enjoy!
Welcome back to the second installment of DustyPosts SEO for Beginning Bloggers! In our last discussion, we briefly covered Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how it could be beneficial to someone who has just entered the blogging scene. This post will snake its way deeper into the grass that is SEO Optimization, the tools I use to push my searches to the next level, and hopefully, shed some light on some SEO best practices I try to adhere by.
What is SEO Really?
To briefly recap our last discussion, Search Engine Optimization can be defined as the process of getting free, organic traffic from a natural search through a search engine. As you can see from the picture above though, SEO can look much more complicated to the untrained eye. There are many things that roll up into the ever-changing traffic optimization technique, but many don’t realize that a lot of those things go hand in hand with one another.
Take the entire “content” section from the above image. Search Engine Land broke down SEO into two main areas, On and Off page SEO, before breaking those down even further. The content section consists of six positive items and one negative item, which seems like a lot of information to digest. But, if you really look at what the positive items are – Quality, Research, Words, Fresh, Vertical, and Answers – almost all of those come with the actual writing and research of your piece. So, SEO is all the above things plus some other stuff mashed into an article for your blog, but at the same time, it’s truly only two things: Promotionaly unpaid, well researched content.
Of course, all those back-end, architectural and web based items still matter, but without that strong piece of content no one will be searching for your blog post anyways. I know it seems like a daunting task – and in all honesty, when you first start it may not feel natural – but it becomes second nature after a while. You will optimize your articles with perfectly placed keywords, titles, URLs, and more, all without even trying.
SEO Optimization Tools
There are hundreds and thousands of SEO Optimization tools out on the web, but I really only use two at this point in my blog’s life.
Yoast is probably the easiest SEO tool to use if you’re a WordPress user already. It’s a plug-in that adds itself right to the bottom of your block/classic editor and helps with a few key areas of SEO optimization: Titles, URLs and Slugs, Links, and Keywords.
On the title side of things, Yoast will let you know if your title is too long, too short, whether your designated keyword is within the title, or even if your designated keyword is in an appropriate place within the title.
URLs, Slugs, and Links are all somewhat related to one another and can easily be distinguished within Yoast’s plug-in. These areas make sure that your content is easily accessible to search engines via the URLs, and it helps your patrons more easily clarify what may be found within a specific page/URL.
However, the Keyword analysis is where Yoast really shines. They will tell you if your keyword density, or the number of times your keyword has been used, is acceptable for your variable length of text. Yoast will also let you know if the key phrase you’ve entered has been previously used and if your keyword is placed in all the optimized areas: Title, URL, Sub-headings, and Meta description just to name a few.
On top of all that, it also has a really neat readability function that helps determine weak points in your article as well as sentences/paragraphs that may come across as “difficult to read.”
Another incredible SEO Optimization tool is Google Analytics (GA), which is probably very underutilized by newbie bloggers. GA is a much larger, more complex beast in comparison to Yoast, but if you can learn it you will vastly improve your optimization scores. With GA, you can drill down into specific keywords and see what times, days, or even months that those keywords perform best. You can also more readily dive into your user data with Google Analytics and see how organic your blog actually is. It’s such an incredible tool. Not to mention, it can also be very helpful for those of you who are trying to set goals for your blog for the first time.
SEO Best Practices
Even knowing all of those tips and tools won’t make you an expert SEO optimizer though. So, it’s also paramount to have some important things to take note of while creating your content. A “Best Practices” list if you will, and my three things I always strive to optimize while blogging.
I touched on how Yoast SEO does some of this for you, but it is hands down the most important thing a blogger can do to help drive traffic to their site. With well-placed keywords your site will be more easily recognizable by search engines for whatever it is you’re trying to optimize. So, if your blog is not on WordPress and you do not have access to Yoast, try the following to ensure you optimize those keywords.
1 – Make sure the keyword/phrase you’re trying to optimize for is in your title AND introductory paragraph (preferably towards the beginning of both)
2 – If you’re writing a listicle or something with a lot of sub headers, be sure to include the keyword in a healthy amount (probably around half) of those subheadings
3 – Always, always, always, have your keyword in your meta description and your URL slug
Optimizing images within your posts or blog is also a must-do to drive the most traffic your way. This is a pretty simple best practice, but it can get tedious if you have a backlog of images that you have NOT been doing this for. All you need to do for this best practice is make sure that when you upload the image you add your key phrase into a) the image title, or b) the alternate text area of your image. In doing this, you’re adding another layer of key phrase crawl to your site, and search engines have one more thing to grab onto when someone searches for that golden key word.
Optimized linking is also very important, but it may not always be relevant. For example, if I’m posting about my book, the only thing I can really do is throw a link to the page itself (since there isn’t anywhere else that has information on my book… yet.), which is kind of redundant. With that being said, you should always double check that you are including links and making sure that those links will take viewers to trustworthy sites that help convey the point you are trying to get across.
So, by following all the SEO Optimization techniques I’ve listed above, I believe you can start setting your blog site up to efficiently drive traffic your way. Remember, SEO is promotionally unpaid, well written content, and with some plug-ins and best practices, you can step up your SEO optimization game to the next level before you know it.
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Welcome back to another installment of DustyPosts recipes! Today, I’ll be teaching you one of my favorite InstantPot rib recipes, which you should have plenty of time to make with all the COVID-19 quarantining as of late. To cook, you’re looking at anywhere from 25-40 minutes (depending on style and size of ribs), and with prep you’re looking at maybe another 15-20. I know, you’re probably thinking Sweet Thai Chili shouldn’t be a rib flavor, but if you give me that hour of your time, I’m 100% positive I can change your mind.
Ingredients & Kitchen Requirements
One rack of ribs (Baby back or short ribs both work)
One bottle of your favorite sweet thai chili sauce (my favorite is Mae Ploy, which I typically get from Publix)
Garlic salt and Oregano
Liquid smoke or any smokey seasoning you can dump into the water
Grab your ribs and separate them into quarters (if possible) with your sharp knife or kitchen shears
Pour one cup of water into your InstantPot and add your liquid smoke or smoky seasoning (it totally up to you how much you add).
Place trivet stand into InstantPot, and then set quartered ribs onto trivet stand (it’s ok for them to be stacked here, that won’t change anything).
Turn InstantPot on to High Pressure cooking and set timer based on following: Baby back ribs should cook for 26 minutes on high, whereas short ribs should cook for 35-40 minutes on high.
While ribs are in the InstantPot, pour the entire bottle of sweet thai chili sauce into a mixing bowl and add a splash of soy sauce, some garlic salt, and a dash of oregano.
You can also get your oven preheated here if, like me, you have an oven that takes forever to warm up.
Once the ribs are done cooking, you will also need to follow one of these for venting: Baby back ribs should naturally release for about five minutes, and the short ribs should naturally release for ten to fifteen minutes.
Remove the ribs and place on your baking sheet, then proceed to completely slather in the sweet thai chili concoction you mixed earlier.
Place ribs into your broiling oven until they have a perfect crisp along the top and outer edges of the ribs. This time varies for all ovens, but for me it typically takes anywhere from eight to 12 minutes to be crisped the way I like.
Carefully remove from oven, let cool, and enjoy!
In less than an hour, you could have a heaping stack of warm, caramelized sweet thai chili ribs on a plate in front of you. I know it still may sound out of the ordinary, but I guarantee you that these ribs will forever change the way you think of rib flavors.
As the temperature dipped down into the low 50s this weekend I decided to bust out my old keto chili recipe. There’s nothing better than a warm, hearty bowl of chili when its chilly, am I right!? This recipe is extremely simple and only requires about 45 minutes until you’re enjoying that satiating bowl of chili. So go turn your favorite playlist on, get your Instant Pot preheated, and get to cooking!
The Tasty Ingredients
Two 12 oz (ca. 454 g) cans of diced tomatoes (basil, garlic, and oregano flavored preferably)
One 12 oz (ca. 454 g) can plain tomato paste
1.5 lbs of a ground beef/ground pork mixture (you could substitute with whatever meat you prefer here)
One yellow onion, diced
Two fresh garlic gloves, minced
Three-fourths cup of beef broth
One-third cup of water
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Cumin, Chili Powder, and Smoked Paprika to taste
Turn your instant pot on to sauté mode and drizzle a little EVOO into the pan
Once preheated, add the ground beef/pork and brown for 10-15 minutes
This step is optional: If you aren’t a massive fan of all the grease produced here, simply grab a ladle and an old cup and scoop some grease out!
Add onion and garlic in with the meat and cook until onions are nearly see through
Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, water, and seasonings (totally your preference on how much you add here) and stir
Place your instant pot lid on and switch from sauté mode to pressure-cook (high)
Let cook for 25 minutes, and then let it sit on “keep warm” for an additional 10 minutes (this will allow some pressure to naturally release)
Switch your release valve to “vent” and let remaining pressure out
Stir, scoop into bowl, add cheese, avocado, bacon bits, and sour cream, then enjoy!
Be sure to take an aesthetically pleasing picture of this hearty chili before you eat it, because it will look good! This keto chili is full of flavor, protein, and healthy fats, plus it essentially has no carbs (depending on what additional items you add) so you will be more than full once you’re done with your first bowl. Be sure to let me know how your chili turns out, and if you have other tasty keto chili recipes leave some links in the comment section for me to try!
Are you avoiding chicken alfredo while on your keto diet because of all those carbs that are in pasta? Well I have just the meal plan hack for you then. This simple recipe will satiate your craving for delicious alfredo all while keeping carbs low and fats high. The trick, replacing that deliciously unhealthy pasta with one of my favorite sides, carrots! You may be wondering, “how exactly do carrots replace pasta?” And to that I would say, you use matchstick carrots my friend. This keto friendly chicken alfredo recipe hack will have you enjoying your favorite meal again in no time.
Keto Friendly Ingredients
Note: This recipe will feed two to three people.
Two chicken breasts
One bag of matchstick carrots
A bag of your favorite cheese (I recommend Gouda or mozzarella)
One large carton of heavy whipping cream
Fresh, minced garlic
A pinch of garlic Salt and oregano
Making the Keto Friendly Chicken Alfredo
Step 1: Cook your chicken. I leave this step extremely basic because not everyone likes their chicken cooked the same way. Typically, I throw mine in the oven the second I get home from work. It saves me time and I don’t have to worry about using two pans for later steps, but I know a lot of people don’t enjoy oven broiled chicken breast!
Step 2: When your chicken is almost cooked, throw the bag of matchstick carrots into a medium to large sauce pan and cover on medium heat. This will allow the carrots to soften a bit and get that spaghetti like texture.
Step 3: Pull the chicken from the oven and dice, slice, or prep your chicken however you prefer.
Step 4: Drop your chicken in with the softened carrots and add a pinch of garlic salt, another pinch of oregano, and some freshly minced garlic.
Step 5: Cover this mixture and let sit for five to ten minutes, allowing the chicken flavor to settle in with the carrots.
Step 6: Pour in the heavy whipping cream until almost all the carrot/chicken mix is covered.
Step 7: Immediately dump your favorite cheese on top and cover one final time.
Step 8: After another five or so minutes, remove the lid, drop the heat to low, and stir. Your alfredo should start to thicken now and will more than likely be to the appropriate thickness in another five minutes.
Step 9: Enjoy your keto friendly chicken alfredo!
I know it isn’t the exact same thing as a heart bowl of chicken alfredo, but its about as close to it as you’ll ever get while being on a keto diet! It really is quite delicious and more filling than you would think too. The taste and simplicity of preparation make it a staple in my weekly dinners, and I would strongly recommend you adding it to yours as well. Thanks again for visiting DustyPosts to check out my content! For more recipes and how to guides, be sure to follow this link. Be sure to comment how your keto friendly chicken alfredo turned out, and if you have any of your own recipes drop a link for me to give them a try!
As we near the halfway point of Q1, it’s officially time to take a peak under the hood at those goals we set back in 2019. As a new blogger, writer, site owner, I wasn’t really sure what to expect or anticipate going forward into my first full year in the game. Without saying too much, I completely undershot my goals for the first quarter of the new year! I decided that I would rework them for the remainder of 2020 and ended up with some pretty valuable insight as I began.
Setting Goals Is All About The Analytics, But…
You were probably thinking, “Duh. How else would you set goals” as you read that header. The funny thing is though, just because you have data and analytics doesn’t mean the way you interpret that info will be even 1% beneficial to you. My issue was I was somewhat “half assing” my first six months as a blogger, dipping my toes in the water if you will, and I would really pick it up once I began my first new year. I, of course, took my analytics and adjusted to them to what I thought would be reasonable as I began “full assing” my blog, but at the end of the day it was simply a guess.
Originally, I was writing two to three posts a week, one of which was a shorter review that I wanted to turn into a full-fledged review of. I also wanted to add at least one more post a week when time allowed. So, with all of that analysis I assumed the longer, more relevant review with an additional potential post would lead to about 1.75 times more views. (Example, if I had 100 views in Q4 2019, I was anticipating another 175 in Q1 2020, putting me at a total of 275).
Well, since I was only really looking at views and some other smaller analytics, I was completely wrong. In January alone my site saw nearly half of my entire 2019 traffic, views, ads published, and whatever other analytic you can throw out there. Safe to say what I thought was an educated guess was actually more along of the lines of a completely random guess.
Analyzing Those Analytics
And that brings us to the “but” from my first header. Simply looking at basic analytics will not help you make educated guesses for setting goals! You have to take a (somewhat) deep dive into your data before you can even begin to understand what it all means. It also helps a lot if you actually know what things like “impressions” and “bounce rate” mean too. Surprise, surprise, I did not know what they meant (lol).
Organic Traffic: Any visitors that land on your site via “unpaid” (ad-free) means.
Referral Traffic: visits that come to your site from sources outside whatever search engine you’re using (Outside = links from other websites, social media, etc.)
Direct Traffic: When someone goes directly to your page by entering the URL.
Users: Individuals who visit your site (can help track return rates, unique views, etc.)
Views vs. Unique Views: Views refer to the total number of views on your site. But, you could have 95% of your views from one user that could skew data. Example, if you have 100 views on a post and 95 of them are from subject A, but Subjects B through F all had one view, you would have 6 unique views.
Sessions: Sessions are tied to users in a way that shows how many views one individual may be bringing to your site.
Impressions are a strange beast, so they get a new section for discussion. Many claim that impressions are just views, but they really are more than that. For a view to become an impression, the ad/content must load. So, if someone were to scroll down your page slowly, you may get 100 impressions. If someone opens the page and immediately scrolls to the bottom before anything loads, you may get 20 impressions. Look at this explanation on Quora for another take on impressions.
Duration and Bounce Rate
Bounce Rate and Duration are also pretty important, but they’re a little more straightforward than some other things we’ve discussed up to this point. Duration is simply how long a user/viewer has been on your site, whereas a bounce is a single-page session on your site. Basically, it is the percentage of all sessions in which users view only one page and trigger only one request to your server.
You typically want your duration to be high and your bounce rate to be low, but they don’t necessarily have to follow that guideline. If the purpose of your site is to get people looking at more than one page though, then you 100% want to lower that bounce rate! Google Analytics has an excellent explanation of these two things here.
Timing of Posts
This is one that I didn’t pay too much attention too until recently, but it may be the most important thing you will read here today. I originally was uploading posts willy-nilly at all times of the day. But the thing with that is, if I post at 7:00 PM on a Friday, who is going to read it? My demographic is definitely geared towards the younger to middle-aged adult so most of that group isn’t even home at 7:00 PM on a Friday!
You can see where the disconnect in setting goals here would be, right? If I’m getting an average of 10 views per post at all times of the day on all days, but 50 views on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM, wouldn’t it make the most sense for me to post on Tuesdays or always at 4:00 PM? So you absolutely have to pay attention to your post-timing and popular day analytics to set accurate goals for yourself.
Setting Goals While Keeping Limits In-Check
All of this, of course, has to be attainable too. You can’t set to lofty of goals for yourself, and if you do, don’t get discouraged if you don’t hit them. It is, after all, the beginning of your blogging career, so it won’t always be smooth sailing. Trial and error will lead you to success nine times out of ten, so just keep pushing through to your goals and you will eventually excel at accurately predicting what you’re capable of!
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Are you craving a tender, juicy brisket but don’t own a grill or a smoker? Don’t fret, I have just the recipe for you! This recipe’s is technically from my significant other’s grandmother, but over the last year or so I’ve added my own flair to this incredible oven brisket.
Brisket, duh. This recipe tends to turn out better with corned-beef brisket, but a normal beef brisket will work just fine.
eight to twelve ounces of ketchup
Worcestershire sauce (to your taste)
Soy Sauce (to your taste)
One Container Beef Broth
Liquid Smoke or Smokey Montreal Steak Seasoning
A Roasting Pan, preferably four to five inches deep (for the oven)
A Mixing Bowl
A Basting Brush
Oven Brisket Steps
1 – Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
2 – Open your brisket and place in whatever your roasting pan.
3 – Season both sides of the brisket with a mixture of oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder. No need to rub the seasoning into the meat, but I always try to!
4 – Place the roasting pan into the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes (don’t forget to set a timer here!).
5 – While the brisket is cooking, mix the ketchup, a splash of Worcestershire, and two splashes soy sauce in your mixing bowl. Remember, this is all to your tasting! Feel free to adjust these amounts here.
6 – Once 45 minutes have passed, remove the brisket from the oven and carefully place on your counter.
7 – Pour some beef broth into the roasting pan. This will create steam and is crucial to creating that tender brisket your heart is patiently waiting for.
8 – With your basting brush, paint the complete top of the brisket with the ketchup concoction from step 5.
9 – Pour liquid smoke or Smokey seasoning into the beef broth. If you have the seasoning, you could simply season the meat, but I prefer to allow it to smoke with the broth rather than actually adding more seasoning to the meat.
10 – Cover the pan with tin foil two to three times to ensure optimal levels of steam/moisture remain within.
11 – Poke a few small holes into the four corners of the tin foil for safety.
12 – Place the roasting pan back in oven for four to five more hours. Be sure to check periodically and add more beef broth if it evaporates.
Voila, a masterfully crafted brisket straight from the comfort of your own home’s oven. To really bring out the flavors from this brisket, pair with some mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, or green beans. It also pairs quite nice with dressing (or stuffing) around the holidays. So don’t be afraid to whip out this recipe next thanksgiving, friends-giving, or Christmas. This is one of my favorite recipes, so be sure to let me know how it turns out!
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For those of you in search of a luau/Hawaiian themed meal, look no further, I have a pineapple teriyaki pork taco meal just for you! This was something I experimented with earlier this year and it is now hands down one of the top three meals that I make. It’s also an extremely simple recipe, so head below to learn how to make some delicious pork tacos!
Other Optional Items: Sour Cream, Salsa, Additional Teriyaki Sauce, Hot Sauce, or whatever you may prefer to have on top of your tacos.
Non-Food Items: Cutting Board, Sharp Knife, Non-stick Pan/Skillet or Griddle
Remove the pork tenderloin from its packaging and place it on the cutting board
Turn stove or griddle onto medium heat
Begin dicing the pork into tiny chunks (think about the size of a quartered cherry tomato) or shredding if you have the ability too.
Once the pork is diced, place in a pan or skillet to begin browning
Begin dicing the pineapple up into similarly sized chunks as the pork
Once the pork is almost finished cooking (10-20 minutes depending on your temperature), turn the heat to high, drop the pineapple into the pan, and add a spoonful of garlic to the pork
Let both the pork and the pineapple crisp in the pan (5-10 minutes, completely your preference) and sprinkle in a touch of oregano as they do.
Warm-up your shells (if you went with soft shell) and enjoy!
It’s as easy as that. I personally prefer my pineapple teriyaki pork tacos with a touch of shredded lettuce and a small amount of sour cream. The sour cream works wonders with the sweetness of the teriyaki and the lettuce adds an extra crunch to the taco. I also would recommend soft shell tacos here as it can become messy depending on how much extra teriyaki you may have added, but hard shells would still pair incredibly with this meal. These delicious tacos prepare in just about 30 minutes and I 10 out of 10 recommend you make them as soon as possible!
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As a writer, there are certain things you must will yourself to do very often. There are countless tricks to avoiding writers block, staying productive, and to even keep your creative juices flowing throughout a period of writing. Some work, others do not, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t share the book writing tips that have worked for me over the past year.
#1 – Write Every Day, No Matter What
This one is simple, never stop writing. You wont always be able to sit down and pump out pages for your book, blog, etc., but you can always write something and that will keep your brain activity in the place it needs to be. On days I can’t think of detail for my book, I will write side stories, songs, prophecies, you name it. Anything that could potentially be used later on, even if only a 1% chance, is better than not writing anything at all!
#2 – If You’re on a Roll, Don’t Stop
I’ve made this mistake a few times now and it may be the worst feeling in the world once you realize what you did. You’ll be 10 pages deep after an hour of work, everything is just pouring out of you, and someone calls your phone. Rather than ignoring it since you’re in the zone, you pick it up and wander away form your screen fro 10-15 minutes. When you finally sit back down, you’ve lost your train of though and any ideas that you had. So now, rather than having that continuous flow you’re trying to remember what you wanted to write about instead. I’m not saying you won’t be able to get back into the flow at all, but nine times out of ten it will actually be the case. So don’t answer that call, don’t take a quick Netflix break, and don’t peel your eyes away from whatever device you’re writing on!
#3 – If You Have Writers Block, Take a Break
Now this is a separate issue from #2. This is for those of us who have ran through the “in the zone” phase and now are drawing more blanks than Old Greg’s Bailey’s watercolor. Once this happens, then its acceptable to take a break. However, don’t go off and do something random and pointless. Try and do something that will get your brain cylinders firing again or something that can inspire you to get back into the zone. Avoid pointless television or movies and step away from your computer if that’s what you’re using to write. Don’t aimlessly scroll through social media either as that is just a distraction that will push you into a void of random nonsense funny cat videos.
#4 – Problems with Your Plan? Stop Planning Then
Another thing I learned very quickly was that planning is not always necessary. This was hard for me to grasp too because I am a massive planner. You should see my outlook calendar at work, hours detailed at levels that shouldn’t be detailed, reminders to run daily reports, notes about writing. It goes on and on too. I’m just a meticulous, detail-oriented, planner who needed to learn that you cannot plan everything when it comes to writing (or at least most of the time you can’t). I started my book with the first chapter to see if I could actually vomit enough info from my brain to complete a chapter. After I succeeded, I began writing descriptions for each and every chapter and how I wanted it the book to go. By chapter three, my brain had already taken me on a different path and 99% of what I planned had to be tossed out the window. So keep that in mind when you’re struggling with planning early on in your creative process.
#5 – Always be on the Lookout for New Material
This kind of goes without saying, but you always, always, always need to keep your eye out for useful material. And with that, always have something on your person, like a phone or a pocket sized notepad, to take notes on for when these situations arise. Then, once these ideas sprout little trees in your brain, you can go research to grow those sproutlings into full grown idea trees!
Writing isn’t easy by any means, but by learning how to manipulate your brains weakest moments you can make it easier. If you follow my book writing tips and mix in a few of your own as you learn the ropes, I can bet you that you’ll hit the ground running much easier than you might think.
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