The Key To Getting Things Written

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Since writing is such a huge part of IM, I'm posting this in the main forum.

I've struggled for a long time with writer's block. I'd know what I wanted to talk about, but I just had a hard time getting started writing about it. I know that people say to start out just writing a rough draft and to go from there, but I've realized that it's not enough for me.

So here's what I do. I create a document where I just make notes about the thing I'm wanting to write about. At this point, I'm not trying to present it a certain way or anything. I just use this to get the ideas out of my head, and let my brain get into the flow of writing.

You know how it can be a challenge sometimes to get into a conversation, but once you're into it, you start to feel like you can talk about it much more easily? I think part of that has to do with getting your mind into the flow of working with certain ideas. Once we get into the "zone", ideas seems to spring from other ideas, and things happen smoothly, instead of feeling forced.

Another thing I've realized about writing is that it can be beneficial to "warm up" before you start typing anything important. A great way to do this is to literally open up a document and just start to type off the top of your head. This can help you to get into the flow. Try it! Just go through and type your random thoughts out as they come to you. Doing this should help you be able to write whatever you need to afterwards.

You can also use set a timer for 25 minute blocks and focus on doing nothing except writing, and be strict with yourself. No Facebook, checking emails, Youtube, glancing over at the t.v., or anything else. After each 25 minutes, take a five minute break. Allow yourself to check Facebook, your phone, etc. I think it's also useful to keep track of how many 25 minute blocks it takes to get something done, along with how many you've used during the day.

Working in short bursts like this has really helped me to get things done, and hopefully it will do the same thing for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    If I'm going to write an article based on a keyword I find it useful to do a search on other articles based on that keyword (Ezine:"keyword") usually brings something up, have a read of a couple and see what they talk about, see if I can get any inspiration. Then from there I add some more of my own ideas to the document and review what I have, try and set up some sort of structure to the article and then start writing. Once I get going I usually find it flows pretty well.

    I'm a big fan of writing my own articles as outsourcing rarely provides the results I want, especially as most people I hire are not going to be as knowledgeable as me on the subject.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Hooper-Kelly
      Hi Guys and Gals,

      Don't overlook the awesome power of your subconscious to write the material for you, while you sleep.

      It's a technique used by top copywriters, such as Gary Bencivenga and Clayton Makepeace (and little ole me!). And it also works like gangbusters for article writing.

      Essentially, you gather all the material you need and make notes, as has already been suggested. Do this as late in the day as possible.

      Then turn the whole thing over to your subconscious and do something completely different. That way, you won't be turning it all over in your mind and unable to get to sleep.

      Next morning, you'll be amazed how the ideas come thick and fast, for both the theme of your piece as well as the opening paragraph (always the hardest part).

      But these ideas are very elusive, so make sure you have a notepad or a mini recorder handy. Better yet, go straight to your computer immediately on wakening and start typing as soon as the thoughts start to flow.

      And the good news is, you can 'train' your subconscious to get better and better at spitting out some great articles, ready written.


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  • Profile picture of the author jeffonmission
    You basically have written my approach! Isn't it awesome how great it works?

    I use an Android app called Pomodroido to help track how many time blocks I've done in a day and a week. Plus, it's cool because it has a gamification element to it - it gives you different levels based off how many Pomodoros (25 minutes of focused work) you have completed. Right now, I'm at Journeyman.
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  • Profile picture of the author LeonLion
    Ever heard of Morning Pages?
    The principle is to write three pages of whatever you want to write. This warm-up exercise suits me better than just focusing on the time spent.

    I used to schedule time for writing. Recently found out I work better when setting a target like "2000 words" or "seven pages".

    There is a writing website I'm quite fond of, based on the idea of morning pages: (I'm not allowed to post links yet, unfortunately)

    I don't know whether I'm allowed to copy paste text from another source, but there's a nice article on Squidoo about the 750words site. Explains the site's benefits a little bit.

    It depends on your personal preference of course. Maybe many of you think this warm-up is a waste of time.
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