By now I don’t think it’s any secret that all I enjoy is reading and writing. I’m a copywriter and editor by day, and content creator by night, and sometimes it feels like all I ever do is write. And you’d be 100% correct if you think that too! Outside of work and blogging, I’m working on other writing projects as well, so I think that makes me clinically insane… Or maybe I just really adore writing.
I’m often ‘commended’ in comments and messages for being able to sustain a regular posting schedule, and that’s pretty much down to how much I love to write. It helps me to offload thoughts and unpack feelings, and the escapism I feel when words are spilling out from my fingertips is second to none. Whilst I appreciate that not everybody is like me — I honestly don’t have many hobbies outside of reading, writing, cross-stitch and the gym — I thought I’d share a few tips today to help you write more, no matter your end-goal.
Take the pressure off
Top of my list is to take the pressure off. Chances are fairly high that if you’re reading this, you might also be a fellow content creator or aspiring writer. Life in 2020 is almost all about sharing online, whether that be a Facebook status, a Tweet, a full-blown blog post or a multi-chapter Instagram Stories. So, my tip is to take the pressure off and write on a platform that isn’t already online. My blog posts and some of my lengthier Instagram captions are all written in Pages or on Bear (a visually pleasing writing app on the App Store); having the distance from my WordPress CMS helps to ease the pressure of creating something amazing every single time. In fact, it might be handy at this point to say that I currently have 23 discarded blog posts this year alone! I write lots and try to be good at stopping posts in their tracks if something isn’t clicking at that time. The beauty in using an app like Bear is that you can revisit old drafts later, if you feel like having another go.
If you’re feeling the dreaded Writer’s Block and have a little leeway, why not relieve yourself of time-sensitive deadlines? I’m a real stickler for routine when it comes to writing. I kinda have to have a routine, given the amount I write, but lots of the time the strict and short deadlines I have are ones I’ve given myself. Writing with no ‘real’ deadline can really elevate your creativity during times when it feels like your brain is filled with marshmallow!
Don’t feel obligated to share it all, or at all
Hand in hand with my first tip, I think it’s also important to remember that you can write just for yourself. You can journal, you can write incredibly personal long-reads, you can write tips and guides… and never share them. In fact, lots of my most cherished writing has been just for me and I like it that way. Once the obligation to share is removed, you’ll feel far more carefree about your work, letting words careen and dance about the page in whichever way they wish; there’s real beauty in that.
Make time and space
Whilst I fully appreciate that we all live busy lives, making time and space to write is key. As I write this post, we’re in the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic and lots of us have a little more time on our hands. Once you’ve worked out what you’d like to write more of, set aside dedicated time and headspace to do it. Whether that’s an hour before work or to replace work shifts entirely whilst we self-isolate, there’s little chance of you writing more if you never set aside the time to do so. I like to ‘book out’ two evenings per week to solidly write, be that for the blog or another project. Knowing I have those set blocks means I’m extremely motivated to write when those hours roll around. On the flip side, it’s also important to take writing breaks. I really like the Pomodoro technique (25 minutes on, five minutes rest) to maximise my attention span!
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