Now that you have ideas and topics for blog posts it’s time to get started with the actual writing. Where do you begin?
I like – make that love – to start with various stages of a technique that’s called Free Writing. In fact, I’d say that I start most of my writing projects – even my blog posts – this way. If you’ve read The Artists Way by Julia Cameron you’ll be somewhat familiar with this. She refers to it as “The Morning Pages” – every morning you sit down and write three pages about whatever is on your mind. Bare your soul and make room for creativity. Free Writing is somewhat like that but a bit different. It’s more creative and the outcome is often the beginning of something you will use.
Free Writing, by definition, is really quite simple, as you will see. It can be an amazing basis for inner discovery. You can find new ideas for your art and yourself. It can be a great place to gather your thoughts, or (as in the case of the “Morning Pages”) it can simply be a place to unload. Free Writing is also known as Stream Of Consciousness writing. Here’s how to get started.
1. Get your favorite writing implement(s). You can even use a crayon if you think it will open your creativity. I type rather fast so I like to use the computer. Sometimes I start to get inspired in a cafe or on public transportation so I carry my iPhone and something to write on just in case. You can use a sketch pad, an iPad, paper, whatever you like. Just make sure it’s fun and comfortable.
2. Get into your most comfortable spot. An armchair in your living room or den. I know some writers who can’t write at home so they go to cafes and coffee bars. Some writers create a special place in their homes for writing – even if it’s just a desk in a quiet spot overlooking a beautiful landscape. It can be a place dedicated to writing in your studio. It has to be a place that you look forward to going to because you’ll want to do this again and again.
3. Set a time limit – 10, 20 or 30 minutes.
4. Start Writing.
There are two rules to follow. Don’t worry they’re not hard and fast.
• You are only allowed to pick up your writing implement to make space between words. If you feel stuck say it. “I don’t know what to write about? What should I write? I’m stuck.” Just keep going and I promise something will come out of it.
• Do not worry about grammar, punctuation or editing. Don’t let that impulse to self censor get in the way. Editing will come later.
• No one else has to ever look at it.
You don’t have to have a topic in mind to start writing but in the case of blogging you may want to. For example: Pull out a painting or drawing and write about it for that set amount of time. Whatever comes into your mind about it is okay. Even if you don’t like it – maybe this will help you figure out why. You’ll be amazed at what comes out.
After you finish and take a bit of a break, read it to yourself (preferably out loud). This can be empowering because you will see that you can write and write well and that’s the key to great blog content and great blog content is the key to getting followers.