Having trouble writing consistently?
Most writers do from time to time, and it has little do to with the quality, lack of inspiration, or lost voice.
It’s your mindset.
If you’re having trouble creating content for your blog consistently, consider the following ways to unlock your mental block and get back to writing consistently.
Let’s dive in …
1. Use your own voice when you write
The reason I was having trouble producing content regularly — consistently — was due to some notion that I needed to sound differently than I was … more professional or experienced or something.
This is one of the most common reasons why I get sucked into a funk.
2. Allow yourself to write poorly
It’s okay, really.
If you’re like most bloggers, you’ll probably be the only one to notice you’re writing poorly.
Writing is like anything else … if you want to improve your skill set, you need to spend a lot of time learning. That includes spending a lot of energy practicing, even when you don’t feel like it.
Just because you want to write well doesn’t mean you can.
Give yourself some room to grow.
3. Be honest when you’re struggling to write
Let’s face it …
We all like the idea of having written, but writing is pretty damn hard most of the time so it’s not exactly a walk in the park.
It’s hard work.
Pretending you’re better than you are won’t help you improve. It might buy you time, but just ask all those in-house social media experts how that usually works out ( it doesn’t last long ).
Be honest about your struggle, and I bet you’ll find that you’re in good company.
I know I always do.
4. Understand you will rarely like your own articles
It’s a good thing.
So long as you’re growing as a blogger, you’ll be able to see flaws in your old work.
That’s not to say others will admire you for your talent and look to your work for ideas, inspiration, or advice. It just means you may not be able to enjoy your work … ever.
This is common for a lot of artists producing some sort of creative work.
There will always be something to improve when you’re growing as a blogger, because of your evolving skill set.
It’s a good thing.
Embrace and move on.
5. Give yourself permission to makes mistakes
Perfectionism will destroy you.
If you’re striving to create the perfect post every time you login to your blog, you’re gonna have a bad time … and you won’t finish that post any time soon … and you’ll hate it afterward anyway.
Bloggers are often unable to create content consistently when they strive for perfection.
The trick is to forget about perfection … it doesn’t exist in the arts ( that includes business ).
Growing as a writer means learning from your mistakes.
Make them and learn.
6. Focus on writing for one person
Writing for your entire audience can become debilitating.
If you’re having trouble organizing your thoughts into an article of content that helps your audience, you might be trying to write for too many people.
It can be overwhelming to know how many people are going to receive your content once you publish, which in turn renders the blogger unable to think clearly, unable to focus on the topic, and unable to write.
One way to overcome this problem is to create reader profiles to represent the different types of people in your audience, including those just getting started all the way to your long-time reader.
The reader profiles help you visualize who you’re speaking to … who you’re helping.
I find it pretty helpful to visualize people I know offline as well. There’s no right and wrong way to go about this strategy as far as I know, so give it a shot.
7. Let yourself write enough material to sculpt away
Writers are like sculptors.
We both start with a large chunk of material ( clay or text ) and remove what we don’t need at some point during the process. When we feel the work is done, the result makes some sort of intended impact on the viewer.
It isn’t easy to sculpt away what you’ve written, but it’s essential.
If you’re having trouble writing, you may be trying to sculpt too early in the process. Donatello wouldn’t have been able to sculpt his masterpieces had he not started with a larger amount of material. Likewise, a writer can’t sculpt her work until she has provided herself with enough material to work with.
You need to write yourself enough material.
8. Stick with It and it’ll get easier
The more time you spend doing something, the better you become.
This applies to playing baseball, going to the gym, eating well, and pretty much everything.
Writing is no exception.
You’re not going to want to do it, you’re going to find excuses not to do it, and you’re probably going to become frustrated that you’re not making progress.
What’s your mindset as a blogger?
I’d love to hear what works for you in regard to writing — or creating — consistent content for your blog.
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