Five Writing Tips Tuesday
If you’re feeling creatively stuck with your writing today, here’s 5 things that will help you put words on the page.
1.Put your butt in the chair and write. Even if you write a bunch of useless crap that day, you are still exercising the muscles in your writing brain. Like any other muscles, repetitions lead to strength. Sit down and write. Just get it done. You’ll thank yourself later.
2. Brainstorm a list of blog topics in advance. If you are planning on generating content on a regular basis, write down a list of topics first. This eliminates all the “What am I going to write about?” anxiety and really takes the pressure off when you put your butt in the chair. Bonus tip: write blog posts at least one week in advance and use your blog platform to schedule your content postings. No same day deadline pressure either.
3. There’s no such thing as “writer’s block”. There are such things as procrastination, anxiety, lack of preparation, and lack of research. Set deadlines for yourself. Do your prep work. Stay organized. Calm your mind with meditation or prayer or working in your comfort zone with your favorite pen — whatever it takes to be in a mental flow state when it’s time to write. Come at your writing with a plan of action and the proper mindset. This will be your path to success.
4. Change it up. If you’re unhappy with your output or feeling stuck, change up your locale, format, or take an active break. Take your laptop, and go to a coffee shop, park, or the beach. Write in your journal, phone, or on a napkin instead of your laptop. Take a break and go for a walk or jog, or do some yoga. Breaking a pattern very often gives us fresh creativity to draw on.
5. Work in short blocks of time. I’m a big fan of the Pomodoro Technique, which involves using a timer and doing 25 minutes of deep focused work, followed by a 5 minute break, then repeat. You can download browser extensions to help you with this, or set a timer on your phone. Turn off all distractions, set a timer, and get down to it. An amazingly productive technique that’s definitely worth your time — all 25 minutes of it. Of course, if The Muse is flowing, you can ignore that timer and keep going.
Sometimes we all get stuck, or forget the tricks that help us create more successfully. I hope you find this post helpful, and I wish you a productive day of writing. Good luck!
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