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What Is The Toughest Obstacle For You In Creating Solid Content?

There are many obstacles which can get in the way of us creating strong content. I was wondering--what is your greatest obstacle to finishing up a good piece of writing? Is it research? Grammar? Punctuation? Time Management? Inspiration? Motivation? If you could pinpoint the one thing that seems to get in the way of your writing, what would it be?

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augusta

I will think mostly about the topics, getting to generate topics to write on has always been my greatest obstacle.it not just writing on an existing topic which might be a bored for people that might be tired of a repeated topic.My problem is having a unique topic that I could express my opinion through the content then seeking other views about it.People love to read fresh contents which begins with the title or topic, other than that I think I'm good to go.




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OlaSidiq

I do face such challenge some time ago. The quick way to find ideas to write about is using a site called answerthepublic, just search for any keyword. It is fun and from here you could get hundreds of topics.




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kgord

That is a great idea. I never heard of a site like that but it sounds lke something that would be helpful to most of us. It sounds very useful as a content generator type site. I will take a look at it.




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DenisP

"My problem is having a unique topic that I could express my opinion through the content then seeking other views about it."

This is a problem that I've run into as well sometimes. I realize that in order to gain a substantial following in the content creation industry, you're going to have to generate unique content that isn't really all that "popular" yet. Sure you don't have to be the only person on the internet writing about something, but writing about what everyone else has already done is a surefire way to not get noticed. Coming up with unique ideas that are not only uncommon, but appealing to readers, is really tough.




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vinaya

Generating topics to write is no an obstacle for me. Actually, I have a lot of topics in my mind as well as in writing. When something hits my mind I make a note to be used in the future. MY problem is getting started. I cannot get started immediately. I get a topic, do some research and make notes. How I have to sit and begin to write, however, this one is the hardest point for me.




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kgord

I think that the sorts of things I struggle with, would be creating fresh content, and content that is what people want to read, and things that have not been done before. These sorts of options are there for the taking.




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kgord

I don't have that many problems with topic generation but I think it is sometimes a problem knowing what people want to read. Not everyone is going to be happy with all content so it is something you must need to have the readership to view your work.




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kgord

I like to find topcis that will appeal to people and sometimes I don't know if the topics I am writing about are really ones that are going to appeal to the most amount of people. It is important to try to find topics that will really give people what they want.




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OlaSidiq

I do face many obstacles and think that obstacles are what makes my writing life interesting. My first and most common obstacle is grammar but after few re-reads, I do get over it.
The second obstacle is writer's block which I still trying to figure out how to fight it.




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overcast

I think for writing content there are many issues. Like you said, grammar and the editor approval. I guess those are some of the known issues for almost every content writer. And people have to be seriously working on the things that can give them stability.




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Pixie06

Very often I can't get ideas about what to write. I then try to go through magazines, surf different sites, watch documentaries or interact with others. This has definitely helped me to create interesting content on several occasions.




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Steve5

The toughest obstacle for me is self-doubt. I think it's true of all writers. Creating great content requires time and effort. But most of all, you should believe in yourself. Have enough confidence to see where your skills take you.




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JoeMilford

Steve5,
I think is cool that you are being so candid here. I know some writers, and some of them are somewhat pretentious, who would never admit to having self-doubt, and especially not in a public forum. The thing is, though, if a person cares about his or her work, or about growing in the process to becoming a great writer, self-doubt is a natural part of the process. it shows that you are being hard on the work and on yourself because you have a strong personal expectation of doing valuable work. As long as the doubt pushes us to greatness and not to apathy or defeat, than it can also be honed into a useful tool, in our work, I think.




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kgord

I would say one of the things I struggle with is writing great content without copying too much from another site. Of course plagiarism is no good and will likely be flagged or worse, so trying to create new and unique content is a challenge. It helps with business to have original content as well.




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Steve5

Thanks, Joe. I have to agree with you there. It's Self-doubt is a necessary part of the creative process. But like the sword, it can either be a tool for clarity or destruction. That's why it's important to ground our doubts in kindness and understanding. Not in cruelty and judgment.




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kgord

I guess I wonder if what I am writing about is of interest to most people but I guess that is where keyword research comes in and finding topics that people are interested in and what to hear about. It is important.




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vinaya

I don't find it very hard t get an idea. If I do not have an idea. I take a newspaper and scan the headlines. I sit to watch a documentary or news program. I easily get an idea. When I get an idea, I do some online and offline research and write important points. My main obstacle in creating content is writing that first sentence. I cannot easily get started writing an article even though I am already equipped with the tools.




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DarthHazard

For me, it would have to be motivation. If I can just get my head done and start working on something then I can genuinely get it done without even stopping or a break. But the problem for me is that I can very rarely just get my head down and work. I get easily distracted by various things or I'll just get bored of doing that particular piece of work. Motivation for me to do that piece of work is extremely difficult.




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JoeMilford

It's interesting how some of us have the motivation to write but not the ideas yet, and others of us might have the ideas to write about, but not the motivation--I have a tendency to become easily distracted as well, and so I have to develop ways of disciplined multi-tasking to keep myself on point. I like to think that my ideas are always good, but, really, most ideas ARE good if they are given the proper care and attention to flesh out their worth.




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vinaya

That's true, some of us have motivation but no ideas and some have ideas but no motivation. There are also some people who have motivation and ideas, a lot of ideas, yet cannot write. They are so many ideas and they are always confused about choosing the idea. I am in this group. I do not have the dearth of ideas and I have the motivation to write, however, I cannot choose the right idea. I have over 6 unfinished manuscripts and over 20 unfinished short stories.




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vivalavanda

The toughest part for me is how to execute the idea and losing motivation in the middle. This is one of my biggest problems when I started writing, so most of the time, I always create an on-going piece and those pieces will be collecting huge of dust until I discovered it again.




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anahbello1206

I think I also face the same problems like you do, When I write, I get distracted sometimes and the I find it hard to organize my ideas again. That is why I prefer not to be distracted when I am focused on writing.




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JoeMilford

vivalavanda,
I can SO relate to this issue here. I have often, even when I thought my initial idea was a great one, run out of motivation "mid-project". All writers experience this, I would wager, and you just have to find a way to push through, even when it feels laborsome and cumbersome. As a matter of fact, I think that I ended up, over the years, creating some of the best pieces of my writing exactly in this type of situation. There is a reason why that friction is there--it is trying to push you to develop your voice and to complete the project with newfound energy from somewhere. The danger is, though, in leaving those pieces, they might just languish in obscurity forever, and that might be a shame, because there could be some great ore to be mined there!




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Martinsx1

It takes a good inspiration, research and motivation to fix up a good content. Also being calm and not too rushy when writing is another feature that would encourage one writing a solid good content. From experience, I can tell you that any rushed work is never done well because of so many loopholes that are going to be prevalent in such work.

It's better to take out good time and write a detailed work that would interest one's readers. The only problem I might include to be the greatest challenge for me in writing a good content is research and material to use. If I could get my hands on a bank of materials to aid me in my work, it's definitely going to be a masterpiece.




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overcast

I think writing about the content which I have no experience with. That seems to be something that affected the growth. I have had my set of the limits on that. I'd say in such case it's harder to get over these obstacles. And I am learning how to get the most out of my efforts in the content writing.




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JoeMilford

overcast,
I think that this issue is always a challenge. You have to be able to do solid research, and you must be able to discern the best and most up to date sources of research out there in fields which you are sometimes not at all familiar with. This is always tough to do, and I find that to do this well, it is really a demand on one's time while trying to be consistent in meeting deadlines and producing consistent content. It is hard to strike a balance, when writing about topics that you must research, with how much time should be spent on just one project. I guess that we should spend the most time on the best paying freelance offers, but I am still trying to decide on that.




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Destiny00

For me, starting is always the hardest part. Looking at that blinking cursor can be so daunting. Sometimes it feels like all of my ideas and the words to describe them are swirling around my brain and they become difficult to isolate. I guess it’s a form of writer’s block - the ideas are there but I’m unsure of how to translate them.




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JoeMilford

Destiny00,
I totally identify with that blinking cursor moment.
I refer to my computer screen as "The Great Cyclops", and sometimes it stares into my soul in a pretty terrible way while I am trying to come up with something supposedly original or at least viable to say. I think that I often discard good ideas too early, and I have had others ask me why I did not continue down a certain writing path which they themselves found interesting. It is truly hard to get objective perspective on our own writing and our own process, so that blinking cursor really can be an evil taunter of us writers sometimes.




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manmad

One of my greatest obstacles is my laziness, I can get lazy very easily even if I have great ideas and I'm ready to work. I find it hard to start working, because I'm just chilling and once you're in that zone it's hard to get out of it. It's a had habit that I have to work on and I am sure that there are a lot of people with a similar problem.




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DarthHazard

You are the same as me manmad. The biggest reason why I have been quite slow in terms of creating and writing content for my blog is that I am lazy. I will start writing and then just end up saving it as a draft and going and doing something else because I just get lazy.




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manmad

That's why you should relax before working or at least take some brakes, but focus when you are working and maybe set some small goals, because that way you're going to be accomplishing something and it's going to feel rewarding, which can stimulate you to work more.




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kaka135

For me, it's time and English writing. English is not my native language and I haven't spend enough time to improve myself in English writing yet, hence I can't really come up with good articles though I am fine with writing personal blog posts or forum posts here and there, my vocabulary is very limited.

Another obstacle would be time. As a stay-at-home mom to 3 young kids, and we are homeschooling family, I actually can't find much time to sit down and write a long piece of article, especially without distraction and disturbance. I would like to spend more time to improve myself when my kids grow older and I have more personal space.




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overcast

I think many of us asians have that problem. We can write and speak english but it requires us to be really comfortable in the niche. And that way we can have more control over the things we write. I have seen that rushed projects often lead to errors and issues. So it helps if we are not rushed in english project.




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Soulwatcher

For me, the toughest obstacle is coming up with new ideas and getting members to respond to new threads. The days of old where you put up a forum and you get a ton of posts every day are gone. I hate to say it is most people can not be bothered to post on a forum and if they do post they put very little effort into posting! And I think the major reason why is most people are so used to social media and posting one-liners, that they treat a forum like social media and do the same exact thing!




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overcast

This is true. Putting up the content and people will find it are long gone. And now one has to make the backlinks and make people come to those sites. I think that is something many people have been trying harder on that. I am not sure how many are reaching the success with it though.




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Soulwatcher

The thing is there are a million websites out there and even if you create backlinks it's not going to get you very far. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit have taken over the web and left the rest of us with scraps. Back in the early 2000's you could put up a website and have thousands of people in no time at all. And if you look at a lot of the big websites today that's when they were started.

P.S. I have seen 1+ million posts websites with thousands and thousands of backlinks die out, so backlinks don't really do much these days it's more luck than anything.




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overcast

I think they have word for this something like USP. unique selling point. For people to click on ad and buy from you. I guess that USP needs to be something found out. Then the success is possible. I have realized it can be a bit harder though. But it's definitely possible. One just have to take the initiative.




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JoeMilford

Soulwatcher,
I agree with what you are saying here, totally. I try to take care in my posts and to provide quality content, but I must admit that, at times, I do most likely fall short. I see a lot of regulars in the forums which I frequent, and it seems that a lot of people post short things and pithy responses which I am afraid of trying to do at this point. I did have a very high rating, for example, at one site which affected the pay scale for posting, but I was new to this and did not post very well a few times, and then my rating was reduced dramatically, and it has never gotten back up to its former glory, so to speak. That being said, I tend to have more to say about topics which I care about, so I try to just choose things that I really want to speak to now instead of just jumping all over every new forum which pops up.




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Barida

It's going to be motivation for me. I mean that I have noticed that I'm a good writer and can write as long as I want. However, not being motivated has been Mt greatest challenge and that's what I'm pushing really hard on how to overcome for I know that it is possible for me.

I always have enough time to put into writing whatever that I want to write and doing good research is not an issue, but the energy to do so is the missing point.




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Soulwatcher

Motivation can be a problem for me too, I tend to get overwhelmed when I get too much on my plate and then I start to shut down. I need to not be pressured and do things at my own pace and whenever I feel like it. Tight schedules are very overwhelming for me.




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Adesuwa08

My greatest challenges with content writing are time management and the title, there are sometimes I plan to finish up a content within a given space of time, then more idea pops and I get distracted lol, does anyone have this kind of challenge too.

Secondly the title is another thing I have to deal with, I get to write out titles to work on but sometimes it don't go as planned.




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JoeMilford

Adesuwa08--
You said it when you said "title". No kidding there. Those drive me nuts, no joke. Sometimes I think that I write a really great piece of content, and I do it before I write the title, and then I am looking at the page there, and that blank space hanging over my writing, and I trying to come up with a brilliant title to focus and set the whole piece off, and I just draw a blank. It drives me a bit crazy. I have also been on the other end of this when I had a good title but the content was lacking, so I identify with what you are saying here for sure.




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vinaya

My toughest obstacle, which is not mentioned in the description, is procrastination. I am prone to procrastination. When I get a writing offer, I never sit immediately to work. If I have 10 days to complete the work, I won't work for 7 days, even if I have time, and for the remaining 3 days, I work day and night to finish it.




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iamawriter

For me it would be a writer's block that frequently stops me from solid content. In fact I am at this moment going through that phase. I have no problem with fluency as I am good at the language. I am on many sites and have produced countless articles some that run into 500 or more words. My blog however is languishing and that is merely because of my writer's block.




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Tronia

Don't beat yourself up. Writer's block is probably the most common thing and something that every single writer experiences.

What usually works for me is finding relaxation. Music, walking outside, reflecting.. try it yourself.




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vinaya

I am a professional writer, I have been regularly writing since 2001 when an article was accepted in a newspaper for the first time. I have not counted, however, I think I have written over 2000 articles for newspapers. I started writing online in 2010 and until now I might have written over 2000 online article.
If you encounter writer's block the best advice I will give is: do not force yourself to write. You can do other things but never write.




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iamawriter

If I have an issue that needs sorting out until that is done I just cannot get back to writing. To each their own. Writer's block has a basis. It just does not come from nowhere. As explained mine is when I have an unsettled mind.




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vinaya

Reading your own works help in overcoming writer's block. This has always worked for me. When you cannot write, you can go back to your manuscript and start reading. As you continue reading, you will have a desire to changes few thing on the way. Your role changes from the reader to the editor. You begin to edit your work. After some time you might be even inspired to write something new.




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iamawriter

For me until I sort out pending issues in my real life this kind of keeps me away from doing justice to my writing world. This time it has kind of stayed with me for quite while. I am struggling to get out of it and hopefully I should succeed. I do not earn because of this.




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overcast

I think trying to do everything perfect is the cause of the writers block. Let there be mistakes. And then the writers block eventually goes away. Trying to be everything in perfection is something you'd find making more issues. I'd say you can write more than 1000 if you stop worrying.




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vinaya

You make an interesting point. When I am writing, I do not worry about content and form. I just go on writing. After I finish writing, I forget it for few days. Then I go back to the work and correct the mistakes.




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overcast

Yes that seems to be working for most of the ebook writers. And also the story writers. That also lets you find more mistakes in the writing. And for the same reason I think it's worth thinking about the solid content.




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vinaya

When I was learning the craft of writing, my writing instructor told me that when you start writing, you should continue to write without worrying anything. Corrections should begin only when you have completed the work. This technique works for everything from online content, newspaper articles even ebooks and print books. You should first start as a writer and when your writer's job is done, you should take the role of editor.




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overcast

I agree that is indeed true as well. Because if we keep on worrying about the writing, we don't end up writing good story. Instead we end up editing too much. And that type of approach is not a good option. We have to understand that people need to be taking more care of their thoughts first and editing later.




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jaymish

For me the largest obstacle is creating time management and research. I tend to spend so much time researching and relying on a million sources. Especially when I have a set time limit like 2 hours. This prevents me from doing my best and often my articles turn out half- baked. What I've learned is to take articles that don't have short deadlines and to write each article according to the money the client is willing to pay. e.g If you pay me 5 dollars I may use three sources or less.




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Tronia

I think that it would have to be the start. For some reason I just find it difficult to begin... Those first few sentences usually take me the longest to write, haha. After like a small paragraph I can easily write more and more.

i am not sure why I tend to struggle with that and perhaps if I found a way to beat it I would be able to write more.




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vinaya

I also find myself in your shoes. Getting that first sentence is the hardest thing for me. However, once I write the first sentence, words will come naturally and begin to fill the white space.




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Neutron04

For me it's both motivation and inspiration. Since I am all alone in the house and get to have a quite place to work but often I encounter the struggle of having an inspiration to start my writing. I try to stay focus and get inspired but there are always instances that it just doesn't work. Motivation is often manageable but the inspiration to create a perfect combination of words is difficult. The regular solution I make is that I listen to mellow music, reminisce old experiences and take time to really absorb that feeling for me to go on writing. Without these two things I guess I'll end up writing nothing for a day or two.




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Judas2018

Probably time. Sometimes I come up with a great idea for an editorial or new piece, but I don't have the time to pen it. Then when I find time, my spark is gone or important points I had planned to include in the piece, have slipped my memory.




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AmieBotella

My greatest obstacle for me are time, producing a good title and the editing of the whole article. I tend to be revising the article a lot from time to time, if i feel like i am not achieving the article I was hoping to. There was a time where I scratched down an entire finish article because I felt it was missing something. So as a result, I'd fight with time and the title once more.




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Judas2018

@AmieBotella Titling is important. Coming up with a good, eye-catching, attention-grabbing title for your piece - which is also honest and doesn't trend into being just clickbait can be difficult every now and then.




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DenisP

Honestly, I'd probably have to say that the toughest obstacle is finding a way to make my content appealing to the general population. I want to create content that is both informative and entertaining, and that is an incredibly hard balance to achieve. If you lean more towards entertaining, it's upsetting knowing the audience isn't getting all the information they could be. If you lean more towards informative, you're usually not going to gather that big of an audience. It's easy to make content in a way where only people who are already interested will pay attention, but it is tough to get the attention of the disinterested.




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JoeMilford

DenisP,
I think that every successful act of writing involves this kind of balance which you are speaking of. I know sometimes that I am just writing for myself, so I can have the tendency to lose the idea of my audience, and this can be dangerous if you are looking to retain traffic to your blog and its content. I think that we SHOULD write only for ourselves at times, and at most times, but if you decide to put yourself out there for readers, then you do have to consider their needs and wants as well. You really made me think about this with your post.




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Kakashi2020

Once in a while I encounter a subject matter that brain freezes me. I don't know why but the subject is easy, nothing out of the ordinary, but I can't get a good flow of ideas. It's like somethings blocking it.

Even if I try resting or do other activities my mind is still blank with regards to the subject. But it only happens once or twice a year so, what I do is just simply get another subject. It's just the way it is.




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vhinz

For me, the toughest obstacle in creating solid content is the lack of ideas/knowledge. It is because I was not fond of reading and writing during the time that I was still schooling. Next is I'm not a native English and I rarely use this language for everyday communication. Focus is also one of my issues. I have a habit if starting out but having difficulty in persevering. I easily shift from one interest to another.




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AmieBotella

That is one tough obstacle to conquer but attainable. Every non-native English speaker just have to keep on practicing and practicing. writing is easier to do than speaking, in my opinion. As for reading and researching, you may want to start reading short articles that piques your interest and you may go from there. Focus can be achieved if you are aiming for a certain goal.




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vhinz

Yes, I keep on practicing every day both in writing and speaking. I read blogs, books, and downloaded videos that can help to improve my English speaking skills.




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vinaya

When you are writing in the language that is not your first language, the language barrier is one of the obstacles in writing. I also write in English as a second language and I always fall short of the appropriate expressions., However, this problem can be solved by using language improvement tools like Grammarly.




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vhinz

I just knew Grammarly in this community and since then I'm using it and it really helps me to check my writings. But my biggest challenge is with creating a content that is valuable that other people will like to read.




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vinaya

In order to find whether the topic you are trying to write is valuable to the audience or not, you will have to do keyword research. Use some keyword research tool and find out how many search hits certain keywords get every month. Choose keywords that get between 500 and 5000 hits. Anything more than 5000 is very competitive and anything less than 500 does not get ebnough search querries. Keyword research is very important in online writing.




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vhinz

Thanks for the advice. keyword research is one thing that I also need to work on. When I write my content I don't really give much importance to keywords. I just write whatever ideas that come to my mind.




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SiamSEO

Keywords are important to search engines, not the people reading the content. So if you already have audience you can get by more easily with just having the content your audience craves for, whereas to get to that audience you need more keyword research to make sure that your content gets shown in search engines.




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JoeMilford

I really take this for granted. Most forums and sites that I frequent are in English, and that is my native language, so it is obviously much easier for me to crank out content under that context and paradigm. I can't imagine how difficult it would be for me, on my limited schedule as a freelancer, to create enough content every day to make a profit if I were trying to produce it and edit it in a language I am unfamiliar with. Even as a native speaker of English for 45 years, I still make grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes. My hat is of to those of you who tackle this problem every day--I am sure that is not easy.




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coolavender

For me, it has always been the time constraint. I've always worked within a deadline and that puts a pressure on me to submit content within 24 hours after claiming a project. However, some topics require more intensive research than others and that usually means I'll have less time to write. There were times when I felt that I could have done it better if I was given more time to complete.

I have been neglecting my blog lately because I need to prioritize other online earning activities that bring in more money than my blog can ever hope to earn. If I have enough time on my hands, I have tons of ideas I want to share on my blog.




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Blank629

My toughest obstacle I think is motivation. At first, I have a full motivation on what I am doing. But as the time goes by, I have a lesser motivation than before. So the outcome is, I don't finish what I started. So I always do many ways to keep my motivation always burning up. Most of the times, I give mysef a gift everytime I finish one solid content. Example of gifts are foods I love to eat, my favorite t-shirt, playing in arcades, etc. Just think anything that will make you happy.




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anahbello1206

Well for me right now is time management. Because I am working from home there are a lot of things that I still have to do. Some of this are doing the chores,taking care of children and preparing meals. At times I also which that I be give with a great motivation to finish my work because that is another hurdle that I prohibits me in writing a great content.




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JoeMilford

I am doing the same thing actually, and I find that I have to multi-task to give myself breaks from the computer and also breaks from the household duties. When I start to get bogged down from looking at the screen too long and typing seemingly endless strains of content, I get up and do a chore or two to "give myself a break". Then I usually can come back to the screen and get to work on something there feeling a bit refreshed. This might just be an illusion I have psychologically created for myself, but it does seem to work for me.




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treecko142

I don't have problems with research or with constructing content, but my main obstacle sometimes is thinking of a creative topic that is fresh and will attract the attention of readers. As long as you have a good concept to build upon, researching about the topic is easy and editing your article will just be a breeze, but without the inspiration for a good topic, you're kinda stuck in front of your computer staring at a blank space for a period of time.




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JoeMilford

This is so true--I think that Shakespeare once said, "There is nothing new under the sun", but, if you do your research, Ezekiel said it hundreds and hundreds of years before Shakespeare did, lol. In other words, it is so difficult to come up with an original take on a topic for your content especially when there is so much content and competition out there in every niche. Also, I am always paranoid that, even if I think I have an original take on things, that someone has already said what I am saying out there, and I just have not seen it yet because the internet is so vast. It's important, though, that we don't let these "anxieties" stop us from creating our content; because it is coming from you, and no one else, it is ALREADY original.




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vinaya

Anything you can think of has already been covered in writing, therefore there is nothing new. However, if you present the already covered topic in a new dimension, you can create general interest in your wriring. The key to make hyour content stand out is presentation of information.




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Judas2018

@vinaya When writing on a saturated or exhausted topic, one should always try to bring a fresh perspective to it. Maybe even offer some well-thought out solutions to solve the problem or dilemma presented in the topic as well.




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Kakashi2020

One of my toughest obstacles is when I get sick in the middle of my writing. I can't get a good flow of ideas if I'm feeling something bad.

One time I had a toothache when i was just about to finish my piece, sadly I made a few errors and I had to do a lot of editing. That's why when I'm not feeling well, I stop writing.




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Tsuna27

My greatest obstacle when creating a solid content would be my grammar, punctuations and creating a fresh new topic. Grammar because sometimes I am not sure if I have used the proper constructions of words in a sentence or in a content. Punctuations because I still haven't mastered the proper used when will be I will be using a punctuations. Sometimes, My punctuations are not placed in the right place. And lastly, Creating a fresh new topic because it is very hard to choose a topic that will leave an impression to the reader. It is the most important factor when creating a content.




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daggy24

I often get held up trying to create something that is fact-based and relevant, with new information. I often write/blog about fitness and health related topics which are obviously already extremely popular. I have to make sure I'm not rehashing something that has been rehashed 50 times and make sure I'm not spreading false information. When some sort of new study comes out it's like a mad rush to see who can blog about it first!




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Tatiana22

The biggest obstacle for my would be the lack of motivation and inspiration. I sometimes find myself stuck, not a single one of my ideas seems to be good enough and I just block, I can't go on. Usually when that happens I take a break, and go do something for myself, a day full of fun and relaxation, I take my mind off everything and try to spend quality time with my loved ones.




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JoeMilford

Tatiana22,
I completely understand this situation, and I think that it is pretty common for all of us content producers and freelancers based upon this forum and thread we are following here and contributing to! I like that you have very healthy methods of dealing with this issue, and that you can take a break and walk away from it. I think that that is a privilege because I am always so slammed with my work agenda that I can rarely get away from it for a WHOLE day! So, I am jealous of you! Your message here is so important--we ALL need to know when to be mentally healthy and to take a break from our work. Life is about so much more than just working all day and all of the time.




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Larryl332

I think that for a lot of people, myself included, it is just finding that niche or genre or area that you seek to discover. I know personally there are a lot of subjects that I could write a lot about, but I am not really sure that the audience is out there. Same goes for whatever media you choose as well, so just understanding that and seeking out your own identity is pretty important.




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JoeMilford

I like your idea of finding one's identity as a writer. This is tough, in many ways, and I think that it just takes a lot of time and perseverance. You also have to be a really strong editor of your own work and really put a lot of pressure on it to get the best out of your instrument. I often imagine my audience, and I hope that my audience is there, while creating my work and content. Finding the proper niche for your content can be tricky and challenging as well, as you have mentioned, but I believe that this comes fairly naturally for most of us as long as we write about what we are interested in and passionate about.




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Kakashi2020

Sometimes I get bored in writing stuff, when this happens I just rest for about 2 days and just forget about writing. Doing this refreshes my mind.




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Vinsanity

Some of the obstacles I face whenever I write a solid content are lack of time and lack of motivation or concentration. Whenever I feel pressured about the time, I tend to forget things, like presenting the facts which support my opinion. Moreover when I lack in motivation, there is nothing that comes into my mind. I cannot think well so, in the end I just stop writing. I don't want to sacrifice the quality of my content though.




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JoeMilford

Vinsanity,
I hear you about the lack of concentration. This especially hits me when i am tired, and I am reminded suddenly that I need to take better care of myself and take more breaks from my work in order to be productive. It also takes a lot of motivation in order to do the research that a lot of our freelancing and writing requires. I think that the better we take care of ourselves physically then the better our minds work and so the better we are at creating good content with clarity and precision.




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jaybee19

For me it would be the grammar. I'm actually bad with writing because I prefer to talk than to write. For me, it's as if my brain is too fast that my hands are incapable of following it's speed. I mean, when I think of something I find it very hard to translate it in to writing because I always miss or forget the words I've used when I was thinking about that something or an idea, or just even a paragraph. I'm also bad with remembering the basics so sometimes my grammar is too messy that I always search about the proper structure of a sentence so that I won't commit any mistakes.




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JoeMilford

jaybee19,
Goodness knows that we ALL struggle with our grammar issues. I find myself mentally correcting my speech at all times in my mind before I write or say anything--I am unsure how much energy that actually must dissolve form me? Thinking faster than one can type, I think, is a pretty common experience for people. I think that we all just need to slow down, in general, as a species overall! Still, we are all pressed for time, in finishing our tasks, and I think that often our writing and grammar can suffer because of the pressure that a deadline or time crunch can put upon us!




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jaybee19

Exactly @JoeMilford. Thinking actually drains me more than jogging and it frustrates me because I am an upcoming teacher therefore I should know how to write faster than just think and speak fast. You're actually fortunate to think first before you write, I actually do both most of the time and I find it really difficult because if I think before I write, all the things I've thought about will be gone. But, if I write and think at the same time, my brain is going to be pressured. I guess, that's the problem with most people who only loves to speak but not to actually write, especially if you just want to hurry up and finish everything (e.g essay writing where I just really wanna broadcast my opinion and not to pen it.)




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mildredtabitha

I can understand you perfectly because to me my mind is also faster than my hands and so I need to slow down sometimes. But to prevent typos and errors, I need to use chrome or word or in general to write somewhere where I can automatically correct errors. This helps to work faster and minimize too much editing of words.




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jaybee19

Our life savers @mildredtabitha. I definitely love the auto-correct feature of Microsoft word and chrome when it comes to typo errors and grammar mistakes. I always love it when the words turn red because I know I'm not doing it right. However, there's a con with being too used to this feature. I actually need to write on a paper most of the time because I'm an upcoming teacher and I always find it hard to write faster because I have to re-read all my content because there's no auto correct who will make my errors underlined with a red line.




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mildredtabitha

I can say research to be the main issue for me especially when dealing with a topic I like but can't find words for constructing it. Sometimes I have to depend on google for materials but it is never enough. I have to admit that have all the knowledge about something and I need to read more if I want to write more. This means that if I research and don't get enough, I won't have something meaningful to write down.




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ballyhara

A solid content requires a lot of focusing/concentration from me. Usually, my biggest concern is to be able to explain and put into words what I really want to say, because most of the times, I never get happy with the results, so that requires re writing once and again from me. So, I always read multiple times what I'm writing about, check grammar, punctuation, and always want to make sense and be focused.




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Jeane

A solid content requires a lot of focusing/concentration from me.

Same here.

In order for me to write well, I need a distraction free environment. To find a place where everything will be totally quiet is next to impossible some days so that certainly does get in the way of me creating great content all the time. One way I deal with this from time to time is to visit the local library but even in libraries there's always people walking around looking for books!




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ballyhara

I know right. Libraries are not so quiet anymore, and I totally get it. But writing does require some silence to find inner space, at least for me. Usually, nights become a very good friend, because everybody goes to sleep, environment noises calm down, and I get more chance to write at my own pace.




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amelia88

Time management for sure. I work from home and have two small children, so it's a juggling act trying to carve out the time to work. I'm often finding myself coming up with good ideas during the day, but then forgetting them when I get some quiet time to work! I need to be better with trying to voice-record my ideas and things like that, so I don't forget them.




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EfficientNinja

I guess my greatest enemy in writing is writer's block. There are times that I am very inspired and motivated to write like I am in the zone and no one can stop me from writing great content. However, when I get hit with writer's block it takes me quite a while to recover because I let my mind get busy with other things to somehow refresh it.




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ballyhara

A writer's block seems to me like staying out of focus. I don't consider myself a writer, not like a proper one, I just let a bunch of ideas, thoughts, and feelings come out. Sometimes it's like I'm on fire, I know exactly what I want to write about, and everything comes out so fluid. But when I'm out of focus, like when I'm stressed, worried, sad, then my focus disappear, all my energy remains with the issue, and I totally get in blank and don't know what to write about, or how to do it,




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theresajane

It's one of my struggles too. Well, it's hard to fight it by just listening to the advice of other writers on how to deal with it because we are all different and our minds work differently too. One technique may be effective to one but not to the other. So, it's really hard.




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EfficientNinja

I can't push myself to write if I am having a block. I really have to take a break since I can't write anything. Like others have suggested, I stimulate my mind by doing other things. Reading books, playing video games, and watching movies and tv shows help me during these times.




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Jeane

Tools of the trade. Sounds rather cryptic but I 'd rather let it be that way. To do a job well, you need the right tools. At the present what stands in the way of creating solid content for me is a lack of said tools. I've used that as an excuse before which is why lately I've decided to work with what I what I have. With the right mindset (and no excuses) I'm sure I can progressively create better content.




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emiaj55

Giving a new angle to a well established topics is one of my greatest obstacle. Since, plenty of the topics available now had a lot of people documenting them in one way or another, giving it a fresh new look is a great challenge. How to present it in a new light, since everybody seems to have shed light already.




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theresajane

The greatest struggle for me is to keep thinking that I have to be original. My work should be original or else, I'm doomed. That's my brain's struggle everyday. I always am conscious to what I write, as I may unconsciously copy the still or lines of my favorite authors.




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