January 14, 2019
It doesn’t matter if you’re a Type A personality who prides yourself on getting things done like a boss or a creative type who feels like a creative task like writing should come naturally.
Writing is hard. The process can be messy. The ideas can get way off track. And writing that first sentence can seem impossible.
Worst of all, your computer is full of fun distractions! Oh, Pinterest…
Here are my top 3 most effective ways for overcoming writer’s block and finish writing your page content or blog post LIKE A BOSS!
One of the hardest writing rules for me to follow is to wait to edit what I’m writing until I’m finished getting all the rough content down first. If you try to make that sentence you just wrote sound perfect, not only is the process going to take much longer, but you’re also likely to edit everything again when you’re done anyway.
Don’t let yourself edit at all. Seriously. Let it be messy and maybe even cringey. Even professional writers often have cringe-worthy first drafts. Just start writing and know that it might sound blah. But it’s easier to start with a paragraph of lackluster writing and polish it into something worth showing off.
Before you write that first sentence, think about how you’re going to end the article.
If you know where you’re going, you’ll find it much easier to know how you’re getting there. Planning how to wrap it up will also help you avoid rambling on too long and keep your audience’s attention.
Once you have a conclusion, you can work backward starting with an outline! Remember those 5 paragraph essays you had to write in high school? That same process works for blog posts, too.
Pretend that you’re talking about this topic to your best friend or anyone that would benefit from what you have to say. Or talk about it with a real-life person.
It’s easier to have a conversation about an idea than it is to write it out.
And that’s what your website should feel like, a conversation between your reader and someone they can trust.
Record yourself saying everything you want to say in the blog post. It doesn’t have to be well organized. This is more of a starting point to collect your thoughts and have something to get your blinking cursor moving.
Go one step further and transcribe it! You can use software like … or pay someone to transcribe it word for word using a site like rev.com. Then you can edit until it sounds acceptable. Or just use that text as notes while you write.
Remember, you can always go back and rewrite. The hardest step is getting started!
I love helping photographers and other creatives get their message across. I hate seeing anyone, especially someone that’s known for being creative, struggling to write a blog post or, more important content, like their home page.
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