The blank page tends to scare people into a state of inactivity. The possibilities are endless, the desire to create perfection so intense that it is easier to do anything else.
Perfectionism and procrastination have an awful lot in common, and the truth is that most bloggers waste an insane amount of time thinking about writing. Weeks go by like this, and then they start wishing they have written when they had the chance, but now… they’ll just write a short post apologizing to their readers for not posting anything.
And then the cycle resumes.
The essential part of writing is to punch those damn keys. Don’t think, just write. You’ll be able to rewrite, one, twice, as many times as it’s necessary.
Today you focus on writing like a lunatic.
Today, you’re going to punch those damn keys…
And the best way to do that is to follow a few simple rules. Ten, in fact …
- Write with the door closed. Utter solitude, complete silence.
- If you do not feel like writing, do not do anything else but sit at your desk with the intention to write.
- Punch those damn keys, even if no idea comes to mind. Oftentimes the act of typing random words wakes up your brain.
- Use your imagination. Force yourself to connect dots that shouldn’t even be in the same Universe.
- Read some of the rules employed by the greats, then consciously decide to break them.
- It’s OK if you want to give up. Don’t. If you feel like crying, cry. But then you must punch those damn keys.
- Start with someone else’s words. That’s why a lot of my blog posts start with quotes.
- Keep punching those keys until you are done.
- Once you finish writing your blog post, leave it alone for a few days — you risk ruining everything if you decide to edit right away.
- Congratulate yourself. Give yourself a reward. After all, you managed to defeat the creative man’s worst enemy (the blank page) by sheer power of will.
What are some of the rules you use when blogging?