Write When You Don’t Feel Like It

March 17, 2009

Writing can be hard. You have to give good information, provide value to readers, and hopefully keep them coming back for me. But there are days you might find it hard to write. Here are some tips to help you quickly work out a topic:

  • Give yourself a break. Sometimes writing about the same subjects can be hard to maintain. Find something else interesting to both you and your readers to write about.
  • Do a review. Whether it’s a book, a piece of software, an article, or even a blog, write a review on it. Keep the review on topic, and make sure it’s in line with what your readers want.
  • Put together lists. Readers often appreciate lists such as the top ten ways to lose weight, or how to organize a closet. They are easy to read and easy to put together.
  • Find someone to co-author.  Collaboration is a good way to get the creative juices going. Find a good affiliate partner who can provide valuable information to your readers, but not directly compete with you. Write articles or blog posts together, ideally in a series, to give your readers a slightly different take on a popular subject.

It’s OK to not be all excited about writing. Just don’t let it stop you. One of the best ways to alleviate pressure is to create an editorial calendar for your upcoming article and /or blog topics. Write in advance and queue up as many in advance as possible. It will give you more time to create with less stress.

If all else fails, just start writing. Once you get into it, the words will just flow.

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2 Responses to “Write When You Don’t Feel Like It”

  1. Paula Williams on March 17th, 2009 11:55 pm

    Good to see you, Laura! And this is great advice for me today.

  2. Henry Bingaman on March 18th, 2009 6:47 pm

    Great post Laura. Funny that I’m reading it now because it’s 9 o’clock on a Wednesday night and I’m trying to finish tomorrows post.

    I usually have the whole weeks worth of posts done on by Monday but I had a busy weekend and got behind… now my hair’s falling out from the stress of doing it last minute;)

    Also, I thought I’d add another tip.
    One thing that I do for my blog that saves me some time and helps to interact with my readers is my “Friday Retweet.” Since I’m on Twitter so much already, I collect the best tweets on business and copywriting every week and I post them as my blog for Friday.

    It helps people connect with other Twitterers with similar interests and it saves me from having to write a post. Win-win… my favorite kind of game.

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