It happens to all of us, – there simply must be a day in our lives as bloggers when we just can’t sit down and write, even though we really need to get a blog post out there. To prevent this from happening too often we need to write when we feel motivated and have good ideas, not wait for the last day when the post should’ve been scheduled. But sadly, that’s not how it usually works for everyone. Here are few tips on writing a blog post when you lack motivation:
Come Up with Blog Post Ideas in Advance
It is hardest to write a post when you have no idea what to write about. My motivation in these situations is close to zero. What I’ve learned later is that when you have a bunch of blog post ideas to start with it is far easier to finish a post. All you need to do is pick one from the list you feel is easiest for you to write in that moment, and get going.
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Plan Your Blog Posts Before You Start Writing
Planning your blog posts helps you keep them on track from beginning to end. A good plan will save you lots of time on rewriting and editing and help you write faster because you know where you’re going next. The whole piece will be better structured and easier to read. When you have a plan to follow is easier to stay motivated also – “just two more sections and we are done”.
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Try The Pomodoro Technique
When you find it hard to stay motivated you can try setting a timer. At this time you’ll only write and not allow anything to distract you. This type of timed writing is the base of the Pomodoro technique which defines one “pomodoro” as work time of 25 minutes, and suggests a 5 minute break after each pomodoro and a longer one after four. (Try Tomato Timer for this.)
If you feel 25 minutes is too long, to adapt start with just 15 minutes. You can work for longer also but it’s not advised to go above 45 minutes because it may become a struggle and blogging is not supposed to be a burden. You can also try this technique when you lack time for writing – you may be surprised of how much work you can do in a few very focused sessions.
Find What Helps You Get into Writing Frame of Mind
Lots of people have different rituals that help them perform better in whatever they do, and so do writers and bloggers. I’ve found I’m most productive when I’m in my office, but I also do well when I listen to some relaxing ambient sounds (soundrown is great too). A friend gets into a writing mood when she smells a freshly brewed tea because she loves blogging with a mug of tea next to her.
Find whatever it is that helps you get into your writing frame and use it when blogging. It will help boost your motivation as soon as you get in your (home)office chair or hear your writing sounds.
Leave Spelling and Grammar for Editing Stage
Correct grammar and spelling are crucial, but not while you write your blog posts. At this point you should only care about putting the words down. Once you finish writing you can move on to editing and then fix the spelling and grammar errors, as well as revise the sentences that don’t make sense.
Have you found a way to get motivated to blog when you are not? Let us know in the comments…