Writing is one of the hardest things for some bloggers to do. They stare at the blank screen, become terrified and think to themselves, “Oh my goodness. How am I going to fill the screen with words?”
The answer is a simple one; the only way a blogger can fill the screen with words is by typing one word at a time.
Hey, I have been doing this sort of thing for many years and I am going to share the secrets of turning writing into a habit with you.
1.) Be An Avid Reader
Some of you are probably thinking, “What in God’s name does being an avid reader has to do with developing the habit of writing?”
Well, believe it or not, being an avid reader will help you in the area of becoming a better writer. Also, reading on a regular basis will provide you with the information that will make your writing outstanding.
Writers cannot get away from reading due to the fact, that they need to research the topic that they intend on writing about.
Now, even though you think that you know a particular topic rather well, it is advisable, that you do in-depth research (in the form of reading) to make sure that the information that you possess is up-to-date.
Dear friend, reading and writing go hand in hand.
2.) Dedicate A Certain Time Period For Brainstorming The Types Of Articles That You Would Like To Write About
Putting aside a specific time period to brainstorm the types of articles that you would like to write about works in your favour.
Because it is a timesaver — one that places you in a position to write with a high level of confidence (Any blogger’s confidence will be boosted by knowing that they already have a topic for their blog post).
A person can devote at least twenty minutes in the morning, afternoon or late evening to brainstorming the types of articles that they would like to write about.
After you have come up with some great ideas and wonderful topics for your future articles, you can jot them down in a small notepad (Which you will return to when it is time for you to compose a blog post).
Do keep in mind, that it is the fear of not knowing what you are going to write about that escalates out of control whenever you look at a blank screen (That fear is eradicated by knowing exactly what it is that you are going to write about).
3.) Eliminate All Of Your Distractions
One great way of eliminating all of your distractions is by logging yourself out of all of your social media accounts whenever it is time for you to do your quota of writing. Having your writing being constantly interrupted by notifications from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etcetera, is counterproductive.
My friend, Obinna P. Anyaibe, composes his blog posts the old-fashioned way; he uses a pen to write his words of inspiration on a notepad (When he is finished with the editing process, he enters the content on his iPhone via the WordPress app).
In my case, I would utilize LibreOffice Writer (An open-source word processing program).
What I like most about LibreOffice Writer is that I do not have to depend on an internet connection for it to work (It can store everything that I type when I am offline).
Also, if you are easily distracted by noise, you can utilize the quietest room in your house for the purpose of composing your blog post or invest your money in one of those modern noise-cancelling headphones.
And, parents with young children can get their quota of writing done when those children of theirs are asleep.
It is way easier to develop the habit of writing when you are not distracted.
4.) Start Writing
You might as well start by engaging yourself in some writing (Which is way better than putting off writing).
And, why is it that you should start writing right away?
Because if you keep putting off writing for a later date, you might end up putting it off again (The last thing that you would want is to become is a chronic procrastinator).
It might appear hard at first, but it will become easier every time that you make a conscientious effort to get some writing done.
People who are just starting out can forget all about being perfect.
I advise newcomers to write as though they are the only ones who are going to read what they wrote (That will cause their anxiety to vanish into thin air and become creative).
I have said on numerous occasions, “You do not have to publish everything that you write.”
5.) Make Writing A Priority
Ironically, most of us will find the time to relax and watch movies. However, we rarely think about finding the time to write.
How does one find the time to write?
Oh, it is simple — make writing a priority of yours!
You could implement a timetable for writing or you could do it whenever you have any sort of free time (The whole idea behind this is to make writing a habit).
You can develop the habit of writing by creating articles that are based on:
- Your relationship with your friends and family.
- What your day at work was like.
- Your spiritual beliefs.
- Things that can make the community that you live in better.
Now, those are merely a few examples of the things that you can write about to get your creative juices flowing.
The truth is that you can write about anything that you are interested in for the sake of practice.
6.) Set Personal Writing Goals
You will need to start off small. If you are not accustomed to writing, composing an article that comprises of 2000 words is going to be one extremely difficult task for you.
Instead of punishing yourself severely, you could start off by writing short articles (Preferably ones that are around 500 words or less).
And, every two weeks, you can gradually increase your word count (Now, I would like to state for the record, that I am in no way hinting that you should only strive for producing long-form content because that would be ridiculous. The sole purpose of this exercise is to become comfortable with writing any number of words).
Also, you can implement some sort of deadline for your writing project; for example, you can do everything within your power to complete an article in no more than two hours’ time.
And, why is it that this time constraint is important?
It is important because you do not have all the time in the world to write a single article.
Realistically speaking, you will need to manage your time well because:
- You have chores to do.
- You have a job to attend to.
- You have places to go to.
- You have friends, family, relatives or associates that you would like to meet.
So, if you can finish an article within a certain time frame, you can carry on with the other aspects of your life.
Setting personal writing goals is a great way to become an effective and more time-efficient writer.
7.) Be Determined To Finish Any Writing Project That You Started
Do you have unfinished drafts?
If your answer happens to be, “Yes,” you should finish those drafts of yours and turn them into well-polished blog posts (It will grant you the opportunity to engage yourself in more writing).
Your time and effort would be wasted if you started a blog post without ever finishing it.
Besides, it is always a good practice to finish whatever it is that you started.
Are you going to make it a habit of yours of finishing any writing project that you started?
Any person with a well-disciplined mindset can develop the habit of writing and it can be done by doing the following things on a regular basis:
- By being an avid reader.
- By putting aside a certain time period for the sole purpose of brainstorming topics that you would like to write about.
- By eliminating all of your distractions.
- By making up your mind to write today.
- By making writing a priority of yours.
- By setting personal writing goals.
- By being determined to finish any writing project that you started.
So, go right ahead and give writing your best shot.
In the near future, you will become a lean, mean writing machine!