Better Business Blogging
Writing can be a pain, for everyone from professional writers to people who have to contribute a blog post once every blue moon. So how do you make it less painful, especially if you’re one of those people who loathes writing? It can be done, young grasshopper. Use these tips to make the process more like a walk after a refreshing spring rain, and less like a dash to your car when it’s hailing.
1.) Use Pen and Paper
There’s something so official about writing on a screen. Sometimes it may be easier for you to get the words flowing if you’re writing on paper. Personally, I’ve found that a big plus of writing on paper is that since I have to concentrate so much more on the word as I write it, I’m less likely to look back at what I’ve written beforehand, so the writing process is a lot faster.
Some people think and talk a lot faster than they write. If this is the case with you, dictating your thoughts might be a good choice. You can go back and transcribe your thoughts later.
3.) Write Casually
It can be easy to get tripped up on trying to sound professional. But as Hongkiat contributor Samar Owais says, “Your writing can’t be professional if it isn’t written at first.” So pretend like you’re writing to a friend. How would you explain lead generation best practices to a pal over a beer? In fact, if your audience is someone who’s not as familiar with the subject matter, writing in an way that’s easy for anyone to understand may be just the kind of writing you need.
4.) Write Freeform
If you’re absolutely stuck and can’t think of anything else to write, just write whatever comes to mind. Write what you want for dinner tonight. Write “I can’t think of what to write.” The point is to get yourself in a writerly flow. Maybe write about why you don’t why to write, and you could see that your problem isn’t with the writing itself; it may be the topic.
5.) Up Your Typing Speed
Even if your typing speed is decent, it can make the typing process easier if you practice and get more familiar with the keyboard. And especially if you don’t know how to touch type, writing can be a slow and arduous process. Plenty of free online games and tutors can help you improve, whether you just want to increase your speed or learn how to formally touch type.
6.) Don’t Worry About Spelling or Grammar
Those squiggly red and green lines can be scary, and it’s tempting to want to jump back and correct your mistakes so that you don’t feel like the spell-check function is judging you. Turn off your spell-check, and let your thoughts fly. If you still have trouble looking back at what you read, you could also try changing the font color to white so that you can’t look back on what you’ve written.
7.) Add Some Social Pressure to the Mix
Nothing gets a person going like social pressure. If you’re writing away from the office, tell a friend or family member to call you after a certain amount of time has passed so that they can check in with you. Adding some accountability may be just what you need to stop staring at the computer and start typing. If you’re at work, have a co-worker check in with you instead.
8.) Set a Timer
If social pressure doesn’t work, time pressure might do the trick. Even if the ticking of a clock doesn’t spur you start writing right away, the few precious minutes you have before time runs out might inspire you to start cranking something—anything—out. When the timer stops, you may find yourself wanting to write more. Owais advises against this and recommends “[leaving] your brain wanting for more.” He says you should take a break; personally, I’d be too scared of losing my momentum to do this, so you may need to experiment and see what works best for you.
9.) Have Someone Look Over It
Asking another person to look over your writing can be helpful because it will remove the pressure of trying to make your writing perfect the first time around. Think of this person as your test audience. He or she will tell you what works and what doesn’t; you’ll then be able to go back and tweak your writing accordingly.
The thing about writing that intimidates a lot of people is that they think what they write must be perfect the first time around. This is hardly the case. Think of writing as just that—writing. Not editing, not spelling things right, not even making complete sense the first time around. If you start out just simply writing, doing it will be so much easier. There will be time for all those other things later. For now, just get yourself writing.
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