I have said a few times now that the key to creating great content for your blog consistently is to JUST WRITE.

JUST WRITE Everyday!!

It is no secret by now that I write 1000 words every day first thing in the morning.

It seems so simple to say JUST WRITE but in some ways, it isn’t.

How do you Just Write?

As writers/bloggers, we have this innate perfectionism. We sit down at the computer and somehow expect awesome content to come flowing out of our brains and into our typing fingers. We have these visions of always creating publishable material whenever write.

Fellow bloggers come to me saying they don’t know how to get the content out there consistently. There are periods of time full of inspiration and periods of time that are dry as a desert.

How do you get the content out there?

 
 

 

 

1) Write DAILY!

It doesn’t matter if the inspiration is flowing or not. You just freaking write!!!

2) When the inspiration IS FLOWING then WRITE MORE!!

Use that time full of extra ideas to get that awesome content on paper before the mood changes. Don’t let a good thing go to waste. The key here is that you are writing on a daily basis no matter how you are feeling.

“That’s cool. I get that, Sarah. But, HOW do you Just write?”

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” – Stephen King Click To Tweet

Sit down with your computer somewhere that is comfortable.

That can be anywhere. Some days I write at my desk and some days (like today) I write on the couch. It depends on the person, the day, and the mood. Whatever works for you!!

Open up your Word Processor ONLY!!

Don’t open your web browser or email or anything. Just the WORD PROCESSOR!!! Anything else will be a distraction.

Set An Intention Of How Many Words You Want To Write That Day

I write at least 1000 words a day.That is what works for me. It doesn’t have to be 1000 words starting out, necessarily. It could be 250 words. Promise yourself that you will not stop writing until you reach that number of words. Then grow that number of words over time.

Put your fingers on the keyboard ……and GO!!!

Start writing. Write whatever is going on in your head. It does not matter. I just start writing whatever is in my mind at that moment and that’s perfectly okay. It gets my fingers moving and warmed up. Same goes for my mind.

Tip: I don’t separate my blog writing from my personal journal/diary.

All of it is in the same document. I believe by not separating the two it allows me to write holistically and more authentically. If I need to get some hard thoughts and emotions out in the moment, I need that outlet to be right there. If I were to stop writing and move over to a new word document or my physical journal then the flow would be disturbed and the thoughts would probably remain stuck. I move freely between the different types of content and in the process, I write with vulnerability.

Give up on Perfection.

Here’s a secret for you. You are not going to write awesome content every time you sit down to write. It’s true. Once you are comfortable with that you can move on to an amazing career as a writer/blogger.

Here’s to your journey in writing!

 

 

 

 

 

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12 comments on “Learning to Just Write”

  1. I agree with you on this. We aim for perfection, hahaha. I try to write daily, well when ideas come up. I draft the stuff on my cell phone and email it to myself, then later or a day (or two) after I add things and voila! Done!

  2. Wow, I haven’t heard these words in far too long! I’ve been so caught up in growing my blog and all of the ins and outs of maintaining, I’ve forgotten about just writing!! Definitely needed this reminder today 🙂

  3. Thanks a lot for this, I have so many writings that I keep pushing away because I am waiting for that last touch and I am learning to just go with less perfection because in the end someone like them just the way they are.

  4. I use to struggle with this all the time but I’ve noticed that once I just start, it just comes. It’s like going to the gym (for me at least), I hate going but once I’m there, I love it. It’s all about doing! Great post!

  5. I give up on perfection every day! I agree with Marya I get so bogged down with to-do blogging stuff that the blog does not get done! Uggh! No writers block just lack of attention. You are correct- the computer itself can be distracting.

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