No matter how many times you do it, there’s something undeniably difficult about writing. You’re creating something from nothing–and you add on that the pressure to make something new and unique.
When you start writing as a part of your job, you up the stakes even further. Suddenly, your livelihood depends on your ability to put out new content. That can be a lot of pressure when you first start out! You’re suddenly aware of the flaws in your writing and your routine, and you’re always looking for ways to fix it, and get more done in a day.
Luckily, there are some easy ways to get your writing done faster, while also making sure that you’re putting out content that’s worth reading.
- Look for a lack.
Coming up with the right idea for interesting copy is hard–don’t let anyone tell you differently. But it doesn’t always have to be as hard as we make it.
When you’re deciding what topic to focus on, it helps if you take a look at what’s already out there. If you’re writing for a specific site–or about a certain topic–do a little research and see what’s there. Then, look for what isn’t.
This isn’t always obvious, and it takes a little roundabout thinking. But if you can find a hole in the content that’s already been done, you’re well on your way to writing something unique and worth reading.
- There’s no such thing as writer’s block.
In my experience, the only thing that causes writer’s block is poor planning. If you don’t know where you’re going in your article–or even in something more creative–then, of course, you can’t find the words to get there.
If you find yourself blocked–try and spend a little time thinking about where you’re trying to go. If you can figure out where you’re going in your piece, you’ll find it easier to get there.
Note: There are days where no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to get the words to flow like normal. What sets good writers apart from mediocre ones is how they handle those days. Do you keep working to the best of your ability? Or do you give it up and make excuses? Read more