Everyone’s a writer now, and love it or hate it, you’ve got to do it. Let’s look at five tips to make it easier.
In this blog post, Angela Booth’s Writing Blog: The Best Writing Tip You’ll Ever Get, I shared my favorite tip:
“Here’s the best writing tip you’ll ever get: do more research.”
1. Do more research
The more you know, the easier writing becomes, so don’t begrudge your research, but don’t wallow in it either. With luck, you’ll get the “click.”
2. Pretend you’re writing an email message
Everyone uses email, and you’re relaxed with it.
You can write the report, the white paper, or whatever it is you’re writing, right in your email program. Save it as a draft if you can’t write it in one sitting.
Then just copy and paste into MS Word.
I do this myself if I’m not in the mood to write something or other ; it’s just a psychological trick, and it works.
Once you’ve got it into Word, you can tidy it up.
3. Talk your writing
Yes, this is another trick. Talk to yourself, into a voice recorder, or into a program like Evernote which lets you create voice notes.
I like to brainstorm into Evernote during my daily walk. I get out into the fresh air, and start a new voice note. Then I just ramble into it as ideas come to me.
You can also use voice recognition software. I use Dictate, on my Mac. The Windows version is Dragon Naturally Speaking — a wonderful program.
4. Describe your writing
You can’t write if you aren’t clear on what you want the writing to accomplish. Describe the piece of writing, in one to five sentences. Keep it short.
Viz: “I want to give my boss five ways we can increase sales by ten per cent in the next quarter.”
See what this does? It gives you a structure. Just write five ways you can increase sales, and you’re done. No more staring into space. :-)
5. The “gun at your head” solution
Grab a timer, and set it for five or ten minutes.
Then write, without lifting your fingers from your keyboard.
When the time’s up, you’ll have written whatever it is you’re trying to write — or you’ll have made a good start on it.
This tactic works well if you’re convinced you have nothing to say. You’ll be surprised at how much you do have to say, when you only have a short time to say it in.