The morning page is an idea I got from the book, “The Artists Way”. There is a companion that goes along with the Morning Page. They recommend putting the following to paper and posting it on the wall in front of you where you usually write:
Oh, Great Creator,
You will provide quality,
And I will provide the quantity.
I live by this because even when my mind seems empty, I still find something to write about. And the morning page exercise forces my tiny little brain to come up with something to say. Then I have to keep writing until the page is full. And I fill it with anything that comes to mind until the page is full.
I am mindful that my audience may not have that much time to read, so I keep it down to somewhere between 600 words at the low end, to 1500 at the top. I haven’t been able to write very long articles often because my time is limited. I’m a father and my kids hunt me down so I have to write before they wake up.
My environment forces me to get creative and write longer articles over a period of days, but most of the time, my articles are written in one sitting. I like to write from a stream of consciousness because I love the state of mind that I achieve from writing. I tend to improvise a lot when I write.
For research, I make my casual reading my research time and plug links in the draft of my article for use later. Writing long articles is kind of a long and slow meditation for me. So I think you’re on the right track about writing one long article per week. That’s probably about right considering the busy life most people lead.
I hope you find the above helpful. Have a great day.