There are some days when I don’t feel like writing, but yet I do anyway because I love my writing.
It’s on those days, where the sun is just too bright and the outdoors is screaming, “Come play, come play!”
And it’s in those moments where I realize that I don’t always enjoy the process of writing, but I do enjoy having written something.
I’m a results-focused kind of person. I want to see the finished product, and sometimes getting through the work that it takes to make it a finished product gets too time-consuming.
I just want to go outside and play!
I’m like a kid, who has to do his homework first before he can go play in the woods or in the water.
But yet, every single time I get through with my homework I get that sense of accomplishment.
It’s interesting that the sense of accomplishment starts to happen after the first line or two of writing. It doesn’t take long for me to get really into it and excited about what the article is going to look like when I’m done.
Once I’m in that zone, the outdoors can wait.
That’s because in reality I do enjoy the process of writing. Getting started when you don’t know what to say is the thing that is really time-consuming.
Here are a few things that help me get my writing going.
- Have a core message you can always align back with – Without a defined purpose for your writing, you might as well just be logging a daily journal that talks about anything. And that’s fine if your core message revolves around “open-floor content”, but for most you’ll want to have your writings focused on one main idea.
- Have an outline for the year – This has helped me tremendously, and helps me batch my writing as well. I can layout topics in a certain flow that guides my readers in a certain direction. By having an outline, I always have something to write about.
- Have an outline for your article – I have basic formats I stick to, but they do change up from time to time. It does help me when I know how my article is going to flow. I can go in before hand and place subheadings to certain areas before I write the article. This gives me a broad view of the pre-written content and helps me envision what it should look like.
- Make your titles interesting – If they’re not interesting to you, they’re not interesting to them. Yes, you want to make searchable titles when writing online, but most importantly you want to write for titles that excite you enough to write a whole article behind. It’s hard to write for boring titles, but much more fun to write for fun titles. If they’re interesting to you, you have better chances that it will be interesting to your readers.
Bottom line is to have a clear focus before hand. Before you write anything you should spend some time getting clarity on the kinds of things you want to write about.
This will make getting started much easier.
Once you have this in mind, now you can put your outlines together.
Free-writing is fine, but it is much simpler to write freely when you are clear and you have a plan.
What methods do you use to keep your creativity going?