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9 Tips on Creating Content for People Who Hate Writing

  
  
  

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creating contentWriting 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.

2.) Dictate

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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Comments

Angela, great advice! Even though I love to write, it's still a battle with the blank page every time I set out to put words on paper. These tips do help, even though some may seem counterintuitive. One thing I do is set a timer, like your 8th point. I use the Pomodoro Technique, which means working in 25 minute blocks with a short break in between. A great online timer is at this link - e.ggtimer.com/pomodoro - it counts down from 25 mins, beeps, and counts down a 5 minute break period before the next 25 minute block.  
 
Also, I totally agree with writing freeform. Sometimes It takes a whole 25 minutes of writing "I don't know what to write" over and over until the first real sentence appears, and then it's all a matter of keeping that momentum going.  
 
Thanks for the great post! I'm sure many writers and non-writers-who-have-to-write will benefit greatly from your advice :)
Posted @ Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:19 PM by Michael Campos
Thanks for commenting, Michael! I've heard of the Pomodoro Technique, and I've tried my own version of it, where I would give myself a certain time to write and take a short break afterwards, but I've never used a timer before. Something about the thought of a ticking noise makes me nervous, but  
that's probably all the more reason for me to do it! 
 
Here's something I've always wondered about people who use Pomodoro: What do you like to do during your five-minute break from writing? Do you do something else on the computer? Or get up and walk from it for awhile?
Posted @ Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:16 PM by Angela Suico
A website of a company reflects all opinions and activity preference that is why content written on business websites should be in such a way that your customers find it useful and engaging. Before you write any content, you should do research so you know what you are doing. Along with the useful content, it is important that it should be error free. Explanatory and error free content helps in engaging the readers and they will likely to come again if they find your content informative. For an effective content proofreading is an essential step. I am a writer, but I always use proofreading services before posting my essay or blog on any site. Docfixers proofread my essay in a comprehensive manner. They are the professionals who provide proofreading of any document, book or any article.
Posted @ Friday, July 05, 2013 3:56 AM by Cameron Addison
There are some tricks in writing in business, I guess we have to learn that.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 21, 2013 3:21 AM by Derek
A very informative read on writing business blogs. Thank you for sharing a helpful post.
Posted @ Sunday, December 15, 2013 9:07 PM by Thelma Case
Thelma, I surely appreciate your comment! Thanks for your feedback - how long have you been business blogging?
Posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 8:28 AM by Jasmine Henry
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