I read posts occasionally from writers who claim to be suffering from what they call Writer’s Block. Isn’t that goofy? They’re writing about not having anything to say. Isn’t that writing?
I’ve written about writer’s block before in this space, but today I’m offering a permanent, guaranteed cure for writer’s block.
If you’ll do these two things consistently, you’ll crush that writer’s block demon forever.
1. Use a notebook
I keep a notebook right by my mouse pad. Sometimes I’ll be writing a post or an email and get an idea for another post, or something I need to do that day. My notebook is full of reminders, lists, notes-to-self, addresses, phone numbers, Bible quotes, passwords, emails, quotes, tweets, recipes and more. I don’t feel comfortable writing at my laptop without my trusted notebook at my fingertips as well. I can’t count the number of times I was thinking and praying about writing a blog post. I thumbed through my journal pages and found just what I was looking for: the inspiration for my next blog post.
2. Keep blog post drafts
As I write this I have 211 post drafts in my draft folder. Some drafts are completed posts, some are guest posts, some are posts with content and no title, some are posts with titles and no content, some are sketchy rough drafts, some are quotes I may use in future posts, some are just notes-to-self about a topic or subject I’d like to blog about later. When I’m needing inspiration for a blog post, I merely scroll through my drafts until something jumps off the page and becomes fodder for a new blog post.
Do these two things and you’ll never suffer from writer’s block again. Guaranteed.
Editor’s Note: If you still can’t think of anything to write about after you’ve flipped through your notebook and exhausted draft topics, you may have to concede that you don’t have something to say. (Remember the first rule of all writing is: have something to say.
Do you think this will help your writing?
I’d love to get your feedback on this one.
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Someone once told me the reason people use profanity is they don’t have a large enough vocabulary to choose another word.
I don’t know if that’s true; but for me, profanity has no place in our blog posts. It has little to do with my faith and much more to do with writing style and etiquette. When I see profanity in a blog post, it usually indicates to me the writer wants to use it to express anger or resentment or disappointment/frustration.
It also shows me the writer has little or no respect for their readers. Some readers might not care. If you put off even one reader with your profanity, however, is that to your credit or your detriment? Does your profanity embellish your descriptions? Does it help express your emotion in your post? Are you telling your readers that, as a writer, you can’t find a more civil, courteous, effective way of expressing emotions?
Each of us, as writers, wanting to communicate with others, will decide each time we post how we’re going to say what we want to say. Are we considering our readers when we write? We can write with, or without, using profanity. One way reflects a writer who wants to improve their craft and communicate with all readers effectively and with consideration.
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Happy Thursday! So let’s talk about Challenges and Events today.
In general, what do you love about them? What do they need to have to draw you in and make you want to participate?
What do you hate about them? Is there a specific element that turns you off and away?
Are they over-done, under-done, or cooked?
As you can image, the BMU team are constantly trying to come up with engaging content to keep us talking to each other – all within our very limited theme. Oh, we’ve had some awesome ideas – we just can’t execute them here in this theme unless, in some cases, we get some CSS help. You see, no other theme supports Chat so we cannot lose that critical element to this community.
So we want to know – what gets you challenged to write? As always, if you have an idea we want to hear it! email@example.com
As a former newspaper reporter, editor and ad copywriter and English teacher, I edit often and meticulously. I want everything I write to be grammatically correct and easy to read. As a reporter, I had editors combing my stories and handing them back often for correcting and/or rewriting. As an editor, I had to comb the stories of those who wrote for me. My boss in the ad agency was a perfectionist, not just for the grammar but for the style and tone of the ads I wrote for our clients.
All I learned hung with me. As a blogger, I make the effort to maintain the same writing and editing standards for my blog posts. I’ve edited this piece four times already. And I’ve been editing along as I write.
There’s a bit of a downside to this. As I’m reading other blog posts, I edit in my head. I can spot subject-verb agreement errors (the worst errors) from three paragraphs away.
I never call other writers out for their grammar guffaws; and I don’t correct any guest blogger’s writing.
Am I anal retentive about my writing? I suppose I am. But hopefully my posts will be relatively error free and written in a simple, friendly style readers enjoy.
Seriously, I’d like to read your feedback about your proofreading and editing habits.
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