Punch the damn keys. I mean it!
Don’t think, just write! Rummage through your soul for the things that hurt, that count, that make you joyful, remorseful, bitter, angry, hopeful, and hopeless. Write about them. Punch those damn keys. Write as if these words will be the one thing everyone will be reading when you’ll be gone. Write as if you had ten more minutes to live. Just ten more minutes.
Write with conviction. With passion. Write as if your words could nudge the world a bit, and you’ll soon find out that they can.
Write the truth, your truth, the truth you are afraid of letting out, the truth you are afraid you will be judged by others for believing in.
Punch those damn keys even if no one gives a damn about your words, and write with the clear conviction that someone, somewhere, does give a damn about your words.
Now, edit. Now, think.
How would your ideal reader feel about your words? Do you accurately translate what’s in your heart and soul?
Think about them. The readers. What are they getting out of it? In what way are you making their lives better? Do you comfort them? Make them laugh? Do your words make them forget about their problems for a while, or gives them a roadmap to solving those problems? Do your words inspire, motivate? Do your words make someone else feel like they could conquer the world?
Are you clear and concise enough? You don’t want to be wasting someone’s time.
What is your post about? Can you summarize your post in twenty words or less?
What about your introduction? What about your headline? What are the main points? Can you write them down as a list? What is a reader supposed to do after they finish reading your blog post? What do you want them to do?
Write without fear, for fear is but a self-imposed limitation. Fear is staring up at the mountain, complaining about sore feet, while neglecting the pebble in your shoe. Fear is this insidious whisper of powerlessness you must learn to ignore.
After you’ve done that, it’s time to edit. Without mercy. Kill your darlings. Look for every word that might water down your message. Words are most powerful when chosen with care. Words are most persuasive when selected with the reader in mind.
Write without fear, edit without mercy.
And never, ever, ever forget that it is easy to write verses with nothing else but words, but the verses that we can’t get out of our heads are the ones written with passion, conviction, sweat, and tears.