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How do you find something to write every day?

Strategies I use to keep coming up with ideas

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Writing every day is good for your writing, but it can be challenging. But you just have to try.

Since I started writing on Medium, I’ve come across many articles on being consistent about content creation — and I somehow find myself reading through to the end.

I’ve used many of the advice, and I’ve been able to share some of them when people ask.

What I’ve noticed that the people I tell to write every day still struggle to create content everyday — It could be out of a lack of motivation or simply a lack of ideas. The latter is more reasonable because I struggle with it too. So that’s what this article is about.

Strategies to be able to come up with content every day

I won’t say I’m in the best position to give advice, but to an extent, I try — I can sit here and tell you to write every day, but I will be lying if I say that’s it’s easy.

Some days, I won’t even remember that I’ve not created content for my Medium till it’s about 10 pm or later. Then when I pick up my laptop to write, the first word will be so challenging to write.

Some other days, the words flow smoothly, and I wouldn’t be able to stop till I’ve gotten past 1000 words — My daily writing goal is 1000words, which is about 4 minutes but sometimes I get carried away and write more than that — Although, it still goes down to below 1000 words when I edit. I guess I say a lot of irrelevant things when I’m in the zone.

But this article is for the days when I don’t feel like creating content or the days when I would try to write something, and my brain goes blank. All these are common problems — you may call it the writer’s block or whatever, but it shows its ugly head once a while to remind us that it exists too.

I’m not going to talk about some generic strategies found on the internet; instead, I‘ll talk about how I manage to get passed it and create content daily.

I set a particular time of the day for writing.

This has worked for me immensely because I use the day to gather information from books, blog posts, or even movies — then at night, I write.

I’m not saying you should write at night like me — that’s what works for me — I do my routine freelance work during the day, then I use 1–2 hours to create content for Medium at night.

Having a set time just prepares your mind to be alert during that period — So the chances of forgetting to produce content would reduce when you’ve conditioned yourself to create content during that set time.

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I just start writing.

Some days, even after the rituals of writing at a particular time or using the rest of the day to think of what to write, you may sit down at your computer, and nothing would come to your mind.

I can’t count the number of times this has happened, but it happens a lot. What I do is, I just start writing whatever pops up in my head. Although you might use the backspace key more often but with time, the whole thing would start to make sense.

I write about what I’m feeling.

I think recently, most of my articles are based on my mood. I see how I’m feeling then use it. As I go, I do simple Google searches to find out what other people have written — sort of a literature review.

Then I craft it in a way that would help the next person — include some stories and points, then just keep going till it’s good enough.

I use Quora or my Medium Feed for Inspiration.

There’s never a shortage of content on the internet. If you’re genuinely interested in writing something, you would go outside and look for something.

Quora is an incredible resource for writers seeking content because people are continually seeking help through the Questions they ask. And your posts should solve problems — You just have to find the problem you’re in the mood to explain and write a post on it.

I see it as a necessity.

Of all the points, this has to be the most important. Because if you don’t see writing every day as a necessity, you won’t write every day. Why? We pay more attention to things that are important to us — It’s that simple.

I’m trying to build something here. And what it takes to make it is to write every day. This would create a conviction in you not to miss one day. And when you sit down to write, something would come to your mind — 90% of the time, nothing comes to my mind till I open the Word document.

That’s the mindset you’re supposed to have because your mind goes first, then your body follows.

Thank you for Reading

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