This is a guest post by Eric S. Burdon. He is a writer, blogger, and published author.
Writing a long time ago was something that I used to dread. I remember writing papers for school being the bane of my existence. I would spend hours and be working through the night in some cases to finish essays. It didn’t really help much that I procrastinated a lot during that period.
Since then I’ve become a blogger and a writer. I’ve written and published a book. But what’s most important is that I write on a daily basis. Once for my blog, and another piece that goes into my archive of other written work. I’m not saying this to gloat. To get to this point it has taken me a little over a year of blogging seriously. However, there are a set of thought processes that I’ve used in order to help me get to this point.
These tactics I believe can help you at the very least in writing. I know how hard it is at times to have ideas for articles. But these tactics can also help writers and bloggers to write on a daily basis too. Perhaps even publish several pieces of work over the course of the day.
1. Focus On Emotions And Story Telling
I remember I was told once that writing would help me. This was around the time I was overcoming my shyness.
Through writing, I would be able to sort out my emotions, what I was going through and maybe find comfort in it. I took it to heart, started writing a few times and then stopped.
When I got into blogging I opened up with writing about self-improvement articles. These were heavily focused on facts. However, I found myself dedicating a lot of time to those articles.
Most of that time doing some research. Ensuring all the facts were straight and I got my point across. It was rough to get those articles out. However, I found an easier method and that is to use emotions and story telling. When applying it, it got to the point where I found myself writing “I believe” as opposed to “you should”. This is important for a little later. But also, it taught me to put some emotion in it. It breathed new life into my content and I found myself excited to get into writing.
2. Share Your Beliefs
From one of my old sales jobs, one of my co-workers said something interesting. He said, “The wheel has already been invented, but we can always present the new wheel.” Or at least something along those lines.
Point is that lesson can be taken to heart in writing too in the form of sharing your beliefs. People are already fully aware of global warming for example. There are thousands of articles talking about it. However, there isn’t an article out there talking about what YOU think about global warming.
I agree, include some technical info in there when it is appropriate. However, I believe (there it is again) by talking about your beliefs as opposed to what people already know you can form stronger connections. Furthermore, it’ll help you to write daily because you’re focusing on emotions, events during the day, and so on.
3. Write A Lot In Sessions
One of the big things that I do for my guest posts is that I write them all in batches. For bloggers who can write on topical posts, this is a tactic to be keeping in mind. Over the course of the week, I guest post 4 times (more when I have other posting opportunities).
As such, I devote a day strictly to writing as many posts as I possibly can. Most times I get all 4 of those posts done in one day leaving me open for more writing throughout the week. I’m able to do this primarily because they revolve around a particular theme.
It’s easier for me to organize things in that way as I’m not thinking about other topics. Essentially I’m talking about one topic and breaking it into four separate parts.
4. Take Breaks
What is also important is that you take breaks. It is difficult to be at a desk constantly, not to mention looking at a bright screen most of the day. This is why it’s important to take breaks. You could say it breaks the emersion.
But seriously, by taking breaks you’re allowing your brain to relax a little bit. We’re not robots that can constantly run. And even sitting can be strenuous. So get up out of your chair, stretch, even grab some water. Breaks can also serve as a means of generating ideas. Often times my ideas come from the thoughts that I have when I go for my daily walk.
Speaking of idea generation…
5. Have An Idea Bank
Considering my own niche and how I write I don’t have much of a use for idea banks. That being said having a list of ideas that you can pull from is very helpful.
When I wrote a lot of those technical posts, I did use one from time to time to be aware of various topics. Since then most of my ideas stem from what’s happening around me as well as what I read.
These Tips Are The Tip Of The Iceberg…
One of the biggest things was that I had a strong motivator as well. What really drove me into blogging in the first place was when I decided to quit my job selling credit cards.
That whole experience taught me a lot of things, but there were some things it taught me about writing as well…but that is for another time. To your growth!
What are some practices you’ve implemented regularly for writing your content? Are there specific habits you’ve developed that help you consistently publish new posts to your blog? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.