But then you sit at your desk. That damn blank draft of doom; the words are stubborn, the muse shy.
Can’t find the time(and/or energy) to write at least a blog post every week? Does blogging feel like a chore from hell?
The “secret” to being consistent is much simpler than you might think.
Want to publish that epic post? Week after week after week?
Here’s how you can do it …
Day One: Start Your Blog Post
Do you keep a notebook or folder with blog post ideas?
If you don’t, then you need to schedule half an hour for a brainstorming session first. Think about your ideal reader, and consider what problems you can solve for them: how can you help them be more productive, happier, healthier, or wealthier?
Write down at least 10 ideas. Keep all your ideas on a list, and add ideas to this list as you go about your day to day life. If you keep your eyes and ears open, you’ll most probably never run out of ideas.
Now, it’s time to start your next blog post:
- Browse through your list and pick an idea.
- Write a headline, making sure it explains how your reader will benefit from reading your post. Which problem will it solve? What will they learn?
Readers constantly ask themselves what’s in it for them. So? Why should anyone read your blog post? Make sure to let them know right from the start, which is your headline.
- Outline your post by writing down preliminary subheads; think about the examples you can use or the stories you can tell.
Stories are essential to making your readers trust you, or persuading them to act in a certain way. Think of personal stories related to your topic: your own struggles, you overcoming obstacles. How can these stories help someone else solve their own issues?
- If you’d like to add quotes or stats, or need to do some research, do this on the first day, too. When you write a first draft, you don’t want to get distracted by research, so you can write as fast as possible.
Make your first task as small as possible so procrastination doesn’t get a chance to sabotage you.
Day Two: It’s TIME to Beat Procrastination
Some say writing gets easier over time. but in my experience, writing is like running uphill. When your fitness level improves, you get faster to the top, but your legs still hurt.
I hate writing a first draft. There’s so much resistance that I have to fight against before starting, as I stare down that empty WordPress page.
Here are a couple of tricks I use to force myself to write a first draft: