“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Writing is simply the struggle against the blank page. And you’re okay with that because it’s part of the job.
But what do you do when there’s nothing but emptiness inside your brain too? What happens when you think there are no more words left?
Well, one of the least talked about principles of writing is that you must enjoy writing it, so we can enjoy reading it.
Here’s how you can enjoy yourself, and write an exceptional blog post today.
Don’t think, just write.
My writing is at its worst when I try too hard. When I try to impress, when I try to express, when I try to change others’ behaviors.
Don’t think, just write is one of the best advice ever. Think too much, and you stop feeling. Think too much, and you’ve just thought yourself out of writing.
Let go and just say what you want to say. In a clear and concise manner. Rummage through your brain for the first words that come to mind when trying to translate what’s in your heart and soul.
Write the worst blog post ever.
The more you write, the easier it is to write. We often feel stuck because we want to write something that’s perfect.
Well, have no fear of perfection; it does not exist. Just punch the damn keys. Set out to write the worst blog post ever, see if you can do it. Odds are, something beautiful will emerge. Even if it’s just a phrase or two, or maybe an idea.
You should also keep in mind that you write the worst blog posts when trying too hard to write brilliant ones.
Take a deep breath, relax, let go of your need for perfection, and write the worst blog post ever. Don’t think, just punch the damn keys.
Listen to your heart.
People don’t read you because of what you write about, but how you write it. They read you because you’re passionate about something, because you write about the things that truly matter for you.
As a blogger or writer, one of the biggest lessons you can learn is to figure out how to resonate with your readers.
It’s not what you write, but how you write it.
Write for just one person
I’ve found that a great way to start writing a new blog post is to tell yourself that you’re writing for a good friend of yours. The so-called ideal reader. Someone who’s just as passionate and curious about your topic as you are.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself trying to write for this faceless multitude called “target audience.” Write for just one person. Write for that one person who needs your words the most. Write for that one person who’d apply your advice immediately. Write for the person who’d laugh out loud at your witty remarks.
Sit down and bleed.
If you feel really stuck and need help writing a blog post, there’s one thing that you can do.
Be brave enough to be vulnerable.
Rummage through your heart for what hurts the most, and write about that. Write about your insecurities, failures, struggles, and the way you fought against insurmountable odds.
Write your story, your thoughts. Write about the things that once made you feel hopeless in order to give others hope. Your words might just save someone from hell.
This website is called The Art of Blogging for a reason. Art is about feeling. About being brave enough to write about the things that matter, about the things that hurt.
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. Great blogging does that too.