[Blogging Mindset] Don’t Think, Just Write!

If you’ve done the proper amount of research on your topic, you know what your audience wants, and you know what you want to say, then taking action and starting to write should be simple and require no particular effort. Right?

Not quite. All writers know too well that sometimes this just isn’t the case. Getting down to the physical act of writing can take a lot of will power.

Almost everything else seems more attractive than starting to write.

How can we get ourselves to stop procrastinating and move straight to action?

Here are a few ideas that have worked for me:

1. Remember why you’re writing

Remind yourself what this blog post will do for you when completed. This action is taking you in a direction you want to go. Remember this objective and write it down at the top of your To Do list.

2. Just punch the damn keys

Just do it. Start punching those keys.

Don’t waste time and energy thinking about writing, and just write.

3. Remember that actions are finite

Anticipate the end. Once you’ve done it, it’s done, and it won’t have to be done again. So get on with it!

4. Ask someone to help you

Tell a peer, a friend, or your boss that it will be done by 3 pm. If they are a real friend, they’ll drop by a while before the deadline to check that you have started.

5. Tell a large number of people you’ll do it

Trap yourself. If you’ve made a commitment to a lot of people then the shame of saying you didn’t try will outweigh the effort of doing it.

6. Location, location, location

Write in a pleasant place – a favorite coffee shop or library or a room overlooking the sea. Whatever it takes: wear favorite clothes or special socks – just like athletes do!

7. Do nothing else

Allow yourself to do nothing else until you’ve completed your chapter/paper/article.

The important thing is that there should be a space of time, say four hours a day at least, when a professional writer doesn’t do anything else but write. He doesn’t have to write, and if he doesn’t feel like it he shouldn’t try. He can look out of the window or stand on his head or writhe on the floor, but he is not to do any other positive thing, not read, not write letters, glance at magazines, or write checks. Either write or nothing. – Raymond Chandler

Different things work for different people and in different circumstances. What works for you?


14 thoughts on “[Blogging Mindset] Don’t Think, Just Write!

      1. Many-a-time I feel I can’t write anymore & all this while I felt it was my individual problem. But thanking god, for the post and your comments. Somewhere, now I know how much ever time it takes its just the starting trouble, common to all writers.

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  1. Whenever I have trouble writing, I do something physical that doesn’t require too much mental effort (usually cleaning/ watering plants). For a while, I’ll try to pull something together, but I often end up turning on music that helps me think or the lyrics/artists are inspiring. I did laugh imagining myself on my head or writhing on the floor trying to come up with some words to type.

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  2. Boy does this resonate. Just today I had to breathe past rolling my eyes at a post I’d promised to publish. Most are fun to write; some are tedious until I start…’just punchin’ those da*m keys” just like you describe. Wooo, that’s funny! Ironically, the topic was (and is …it’s now up) on The Brain. Your chronicle of the process or those tougher writing days is soooo on point.

    I purposely sent an update to the workshop hosts today, saying it would be up by tonight and because being true to your word is important, I instantly starting typing AND enjoying the research that came with it. Also because the subject is about how we use the brain, that was a nudge forward – otherwise what use would be it be writing about the brain if I couldn’t control it enough to concentrate and follow through on something…every day sure brings another lesson. Thanks for this fabulous post AND reminder! Happy writing y’all!

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    1. Most times, all it takes is to start. I read about a bunch of tricks just to get you to start, like promising yourself a reward or that you’ll only do it for 15 minutes.

      The truth of the matter is that once you start punching those keys, the most difficult thing is to stop.

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