Writing Block - Learn How To Go With The Flow
Try searching for 'writer's block' either here or on Google. Now tell me, how many posts do you come up with? Hundreds at least.
This is because the writing block is something that, at some point or other in the course of our online career, we are all victims of.
For me, at first it was one of my biggest problems - the 'what shall I write about' question that haunted me for long periods of time. Or the procrastination of keeping delaying starting another article or review due to ... well, I believe, deep down due to fear.
But, if there is something I have learned in the last 2 years - that is, since I joined WA - is just to go with the flow.
Easier said than done? Not really.
All you have to do is keep a list, scribbled on a piece of paper or typed on your Notes function in your phone, of all the writing ideas you get for a post or review. My main inspiration is through doing a lot of reading online, whilst learning as well from seething through the 'competition'.
This way you will avoid finding yourself not knowing what to write about next.
My next strategy, once you have decided what your next piece of writing is going to be about, is to research about it. It sounds more time-consuming than it is really.
You can easily google online, or even search here on the WA platform, whenever you can and whenever you have 5 minutes to spare. Exactly in the same way as when you can't wait to get to the end of a book, and take advantage of every spare minute you have to finish a chapter.
In other words, turn into a dog with his bone!
Finally, I do my keyword search with the aid of Jaaxy. What a wonderful tool it is! And it actually helps you come up with really the most straightforward title and couple of keywords, yet catching ones, which will also set out my writing in my mind.
Go With The Flow
And now that you have created your draft copy directly from the Research area of WA, and which redirects you to SiteContent, just start typing and go with the flow. It sounds scarier than it is in real life.
I know the millions of questions that will flood your brain, believe me, I have been there. You will worry about whether what you are writing is not original, whether it reads grammatically correct, whether it makes sense, how to start it, what to talk about. And more.
All I am saying is START TYPING AWAY. You can go back to amend and change your typing later on. But you will see that, once you start typing, ideas will start crowding your mind, and enable you to draft a list of subtitles to divide your writing in sub-sections.
Kyle in his lessons has armed us with so many suggestions on how to structure our posts! And his sound advice will come back to you as you keep writing, and you will be able to apply it to each and every of your posts or reviews.
Truth is, of course I still get my writing block from time to time. But, as ambassadors and more experienced WAers keep reminding us every day, practice makes perfect. And believe me when I tell you that I have tested this little theory for myself, and guess what? IT WORKS!!!
I hope my blog helps you somewhat in lifting the fog and in seeing you all writing to your heart content in the week ahead. If that is the case, please click on the green Like This button and feel free to leave your comment below :)