By now, you already know how important a content strategy is for your online presence.
And while you may have tons of great ideas for your blog, creating fantastic blog content is never easy.
Writing blog entries – as effective as they are – can be quite a struggle.
There are days when the words just magically flow, but there are also days when you can’t seem to get past the title.
And before you know it, you’ve already wasted half a day, trying to get rid of writer’s block.
And if you’re blaming writer’s block for your inability to write, let me stop you right there.
Because guess what?
To make the long story short, writer’s block is just an excuse to procrastinate.
Yes, it sounds harsh. But if you want to write faster and publish more blog content, you need to psyche yourself up and just do the work.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Create a content plan for every article
Are you always waiting for inspiration to hit you before you can start writing anything? Then your writing process is bound to be frustratingly slow.
Why? Because it’s so easy to procrastinate when you don’t have a content plan.
It provides a basic structure of the points you want to make or the information you want to present in your blog article.
Developing one before writing an article gives your writing a clear direction and purpose.
Also, writing articles becomes much easier. All you need to do is refer to the content plan for the critical points and just expound them.
Separate the planning process from the writing process
Putting your ideas into words is already hard enough without having to plan what exactly you need to write.
Planning then writing within a set time frame is only going to lead to brain overload.
Therefore, separating the two processes will not only increase your productivity. It will also help you produce better results.
The key in this step is to make the planning stages of writing the article much more enjoyable.
This is the part where you research for information about the target audience of your articles and what to discuss in each.
Let’s face it – it’s boring as hell.
But it doesn’t have to be!
There are ways to make planning much more interested in helping you keep engaged and not put you to sleep.
For example, plan your content over your favorite cup of coffee or while you’re taking a walk at the park. Also, don’t just sit in your home office, get fresh ideas by brainstorming differently.
Write for 30 minutes straight every single day
Writing is not purely an art – it’s also a skill that requires discipline.
The only way that you can get writer’s block out of your system is to set aside time to write.
It doesn’t matter what you end up writing as long as you step away from distractions and write for at least 30 minutes, every single day.
Starting your daily writing hour is not going to be easy. But once you get the hang of it, cranking out content faster becomes as natural to you as breathing!
Think of it this way:
If you drive the car every day, it eventually becomes second nature to you.
You’re not mindful of the smallest little detail in driving because you’re already aware of them to begin with!
It’s just that you’re in tune with the car more than you think.
Writing is just like that – the ideas eventually flow naturally without you even realizing it.
It’s because you’ve gotten so used to writing that you’re unconscious once you start – you simply cannot stop!
So find time every day to write 30 minutes straight. You will see the difference over time.
Stop ignoring deadlines
Everyone dreads thinking about deadlines. But sometimes, it’s the only way to get those writing tasks done.
Think you can afford not to write anything today? Well, let your deadline tell you otherwise.
As a deadline nears, your stress level rises. The brain responds by telling you to fight or take flight.
Assuming that you look at quality as an important pillar of your success, the stress you experience should motivate you to follow through on your deadlines.
So get things done sooner than later. Don’t wait for the deadline to hang over your head.
Get your writing projects done as soon as possible and focus on the next tasks at hand.
Have a “what’s in it for me?” attitude
Imagine how you would feel when you finally hit that publish button or when you start to see your efforts paying off.
Instead of focusing on the difficulties of creating blog content, try looking forward to the rewards that are in store for you. You’re likely to write more when you keep on asking yourself “what’s in it for me?
Fostering this kind of attitude is not selfish, especially when you consider self-improvement to be one of your top priorities.
Use apps (and technology) to your advantage
Probably the best thing about being a writer in the digital age is the full range of apps available online that will help you become more productive.
Wherever you are, you can get some writing done, even on your mobile device, with the help of these apps for writers.
But you are maintaining your focus while writing can be difficult when there are countless things in your mobile device competing for your attention. Simply go on airplane mode to shut out the unnecessary noise when you’re working on your phone or tablet.
Believe it or not, writing faster is all about discipline and conditioning.
As the saying goes, “if you will it, it will happen!”
You have to want writing in order to be very good at it. And the advice above should help you develop a system that fits your needs.
Also, the best thing about the tips above is you can use them to create other media content like podcasts, seminars, and videos!
Because no matter what digital content you’re trying to make, the creative process remains the same.