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Do you find yourself sitting down to write, excited about what you’re about to create, annnnndddd nothing, nada, zilch.
The words just won’t come out.
I’ve been blogging since 2018 and this still happens to me.
Some days the words come freely and flow and other days (sometimes multiple days) you are stuck with writer’s block.
One thing I’ve learned is that if you want to be a better writer and blogger, you need to make it a priority and be willing to put in the work. We’ll dive more into this throughout the blog post.
How These Writing Tips Will Help Bloggers
As a blogger, writing is essential to creating content and providing value for your readers.
Each of these tips is meant to help you become more consistent and confident as a writer over time.
You can use all of them or one of them, depending on what you need. Some of them I only use when I’m really feeling stuck.
Just remember, writing is like exercise, it’s sometimes painful, you don’t always want to do it, but the more you do the better you’ll become.
Here are the 8 tips I’m going to be sharing with you to help you become a stronger writer!
- Write every day
- Write first thing in the morning
- Have a plan for your writing
- Set a timer and write without interruption
- Don’t hit backspace
- Sh*tty first draft
- Read good books
- People aren’t paying close attention
1. Write Every Day
If you want to write more, you need to write more.
You need to prioritize it, you need to make time for it, and you need to sit down and do the actual process of writing. Getting your thoughts down on paper or on to the computer isn’t always easy, but it’s this consistency that will make it a habit.
Remember, your writing doesn’t have to be perfect but the simple act of sitting down and actually doing it, daily or as much as you can, will help you become a stronger and more consistent writer.
Think of something you wanted to get good at. And not just good, really good. You probably weren’t awesome at it at first but little by little, day by day you got better.
You learned new skills, more efficient ways to accomplish it. You put in the time to master it. You prioritized it. You worked on it daily or as much as you could.
If you want to be a better writer, you need to apply these same ideas!
2. Write First Thing in the Morning (Create Before You Consume)
There is this saying “create before you consume” and for me, that means first thing in the morning.
How many times do we wake up and check Instagram or Facebook first thing in the morning? As soon as we do, we are influenced by other peoples’ thoughts, ideas, and ways of writing.
Consuming content and creating content BOTH take energy.
Make sure you are spending your energy wisely and creating content for your blog and readers.
Writing first thing in the morning will help make sure tip #1 happens by prioritizing writing and making sure it is a part of your day. Even if it’s not great writing, you accomplished a small goal for the day. Some mornings you might have more time than others but making it a part of your routine will make writing a habit!
3. Have a Plan for Your Writing
Something that makes sitting down to write easier, is to have a plan.
Staring at a blank page with a blinking cursor can be intimidating when there is anything and everything to write about. If you are a blogger, create a list of topics or blog post ideas that you can always reference back to when you’re stuck.
What’s great about having a plan, but also the fun in writing, is that some days you will follow your plan and create something expected and other days your creativity will work its way in and take you on a completely different path. It’s ok if you go off course, as long as you are sitting down, doing the work, and writing!
Getting your words down is the hardest part, but it’s also where the breakthroughs happen. Having a plan will help you find the words to write.
4. Set a Timer and Write Without Interruption
Setting a timer for a specific amount of time and focusing on keeping your fingers moving is a way to get more writing in. You can set it for any amount of time that feels good to you or that you have available and push through, knowing that you have x amount of time set aside.
I like writing for time as opposed to word count because it feels like less pressure to me. Although sometimes I do write for word count, it just depends on what I’m trying to accomplish.
If you’re wanting to write more but haven’t quite found your groove, you can set your timer for 20 minutes and just let the words flow. If after 20 minutes you feel like being done. Fine. But if after 20 you want to keep going or want to circle back at a later time in the day, you at least have a base that you can edit later.
5. Don’t Hit Backspace
One exercise you can do to get more words down is to not hit backspace.
It might not make sense and you might want things in a different order but what it will do is get your thoughts flowing and down on paper. You can always make changes and circle back at a different time.
I generally use this exercise in conjunction with tip 4 using a timer. If I can’t figure out how to start a blog post or come up with that perfect opening sentence, I’ll just challenge myself to start writing and see what I come up with.
Writing for a set amount of time without hitting backspace helps me see my thoughts and I’m able to refine my work, once I have it down.
It also increases the quantity of your writing. Not so much the quality, which would be the ultimate goal, but getting more thoughts and words down and written out will help you become more comfortable with writing.
6. Sh*tty First Draft
Remember this my friend, your first draft is not going to be pretty. Even the best writers in the world don’t have a perfect piece created in the first draft. You have to get over perfection and know that first things first, you will write a sh*tty first draft. This is an idea from Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird which I will talk about in the next tip.
These tips that I’m sharing with you are a way to get your thoughts and words flowing and down onto something physical to help you create that first draft.
You’re going to have to come back and clean it up but creating that first draft gets you that much further along in the process.
Embrace the sh*tty first draft and you will find yourself writing more freely and more often!
When you are feeling discouraged, remember we’ve all been there before.
7. Read Good Books
If you want to write well, you need to read well.
Good writers and bloggers find authors, styles, and tones that excite them.
Obviously, you are going to create your own work and develop your own voice, but reading books that are in your niche, on writing, or inspirational will give you more ideas of what to write about and how to do it.
Here are a few of my favorites that have helped me become a better writer both in their tips as well as their inspiration to create work to share with the world.
I highly recommend Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott as a writing and inspiration guide. She is funny and has a ton of great tips in this one.
Similar to Bird by Bird is The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith. It reminded me of Bird by Bird and even references it in the book.
I ALWAYS recommend Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert to bloggers, writers, and creatives. It is a thinker and has sparked a passion for me in creating and sharing my stories through blogging.
I also enjoy The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is a book about following your dreams and again has inspired me to share my journey and pursue blogging.
Commit to reading work by authors and bloggers who are going to inspire you and help you become a better blogger so you can better serve your audience.
8. People Aren’t Paying Close Attention
So many new bloggers put so much weight on that first blog post. They think “What will people thin? What will my family say?”.
Or after a few posts, they think that people are going to find them annoying, talking about the same thing over and over.
Quite frankly, we think people care and are watching our every move more than they actually are.
People are busy and consumed with their own lives.
This is good news!
It’s scary to be vulnerable and put your work out into the world but it’s also necessary to become a stronger writer.
The content you’re creating isn’t going to be for everyone and that’s ok. Continue to put your work out for others to see and you will start to attract your target audience. The people who want to be there and are interested in what you have to say will stick around and cheer you on!
What Other Writing Tips for Bloggers do you Suggest?
So there you have 8 writing tips to become a more consistent and confident blogger.
I’m always looking for more tips and techniques to become a better writer and blogger so let me know what you would suggest in the comments below!
Happy writing, happy blogging.