If you’ve been reading blogs online for some time now, you will know that people always have varied opinions. When I started blogging, I battled with creating great content for my readers on a consistent basis, and whenever I try to research to find a solution to my problem I came across at least two entirely different opinions. The first one stating that I shouldn’t force myself to write, and the other one stating that I should force myself to write.
It can be really confusing over time for you to know which advice to follow, but after almost 2 years of blogging I have come to see that both aren’t exactly the best advice. The reason is that making yourself to write only when you feel like it isn’t really effective because you might not even feel like writing for a whole month, and forcing yourself to write is also very dangerous because it can crush your creativity.
Since the above are the two common advice out there to help those who find it difficult to write great content, how do you ensure you keep on creating great content for your readers even when you don’t feel like it? This article will be giving you a few tips to help you write great content even if you’re not in the mood.
You should know that the tips in this article aren’t just something I’m rehashing by reading another person’s article, but something that has consistently worked for me.
Know What Makes You Tick
The first step you have to take towards ensuring you’re always coming up with great content is to know what makes you tick. The reality is that as human beings we’re all different, and that is why there’s no one-size-fits-all advice for making you a better writer.
It’s all about knowing what inspires you. It’s all about knowing what motivates you, and it’s all about knowing what puts you in the mood to write. You might not easily know what puts you in the mood to write, especially if you’re someone who hasn’t been observing yourself, but you should try to understand what puts you in the mood and makes you your creative self.
For me, I become my best self when I start listening to gospel music. And in cases like this I’m not just moved by the music, but when it is in its loudest form. This brings about a rise in my spirit and I will have gotten a few ideas on a lot of cool things to do within that period – I have also noticed that I write better content when listening to music.
For you it can be something else. It’s all about you understanding what moves you the most and what has been the source of inspiration for most of your actions – and then trying to expose yourself to that thing whenever you’re not in the mood to write but you really need to write.
Avoid Creativity Destroyers
The next step towards ensuring you deliver your best content even when you’re not in the mood is to avoid creativity killers. In most cases these creativity killers even appear to be your best friend but, unknown to you, they are silently destroying your career.
You might want to ask yourself and observe to see what you’re doing when you’re supposed to be writing that great content. What is it that you love most but is the only thing that prevents you from delivering your creative best?
For me, it is watching movies. I have spent as much as 14 hours at a stretch watching movies before, and once I discover a movie I really love my sleep is something small to sacrifice until I have finished watching that movie. For you it might not be watching movies, it might be your favorite sport, it might be chatting with friends and checking your emails on a regular basis. In a case like this you need to do things differently by ensuring you are not in a place where you can be affected by this creativity killer.
If your creativity killer is watching movies like I do then you need to ensure you are nowhere near a TV whenever you’re writing, and if your creativity killer is the internet you might want to be writing your blog posts on a paper first whenever you’re free or you might want to disconnect your internet for sometime while making use of cool distraction free software to write like Dark Room (for Windows) and WriteRoom (for Mac).
Utilize Your Favorite Blogs
Another tactic that might help you write your most popular blog posts, if properly used, is making effective use of your favorite blogs.
Try to write down a list of 2-3 of your most favorite blogs online and then visit these blogs to see which of their blog posts are the most popular (you can easily see this in their sidebar). Take a look at these blog posts and see what they have in common, you should also try to read these posts to see how they were written. In this process you would have gotten an idea or two about what to write, and it can even result in your blog post going really viral.
The great thing about this particular tactic is that the blogs you’re trying to copy might not necessarily be in your niche. What matters most is their headline formula and how they write their posts.
I’ve used this technique on this blog before, and it works like magic every time I use it.
Read, and Read, and Read
This is probably the most important tip in this article, especially if you’re someone who loves to write a lot.
I write hundreds of articles every month, and doing all that without reading might be really disastrous. I have now made it a duty to be reading for an average of at least 2 hours daily, and aside for me gaining a lot of insightful tips that can help me improve my life, I’m also learning how to write more effectively.
By reading you will be able to see the pattern with which things are written, you will be able to improve your grammar and vocabulary skills, and you will be able to get ideas about what works and what doesn’t.
As writers we are like a well full of water. When we write water is drawn out of the well, and when we read water is returned. Spending all our time writing without caring to read will make that well run dry and spending all of our time reading without writing will make that well overflow thus resulting in disaster.
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