Infomercials are the best. All it takes is, “DOES THIS EVER HAPPEN TO YOU?” and we’re hooked. Cue the black and white scene revealing the ridiculous, yet somewhat relatable struggle of a clumsy person followed by the full-color clarity in the next scene where they find the solution. Whatever product these Oscar-winning ads show off happens to make everything easier.
Well, the black and white struggle of writing is about to turn to full color because Copyblogger is showing us 3 ways to make writing easier without lowering your standards.
- Capture your ideas. If you have a password manager, you know how much easier it makes your life. Capture all your ideas just like you save your passwords: write them down. When inspiration strikes, don’t bank on your brain remembering; bust out your notes app or a small journal and scribble away. Our minds can move a mile a minute, so it’s important to keep a log. This can be for solutions to problems, dumb ideas that don’t work, or just any general observations from your daily life.
- Recognize that self-doubt is normal. Writing content can be a breeze at times and at other times it’s an enduring struggle. One feels great and one feels awful, but if you’re having real trouble it’s not because you’re bad at it. Struggles lead to breakthroughs, so don’t get hung up on the number of rewrites you’ve needed or the creative block you’re experiencing. What matters is you push through, because if you do, then more often than not you’ll produce something worth reading. Imposter Syndrome be damned!
- Get into a framework. Defining your framework will help you to launch into your process. Your framework could be a numbered list of points to hit in a blog post. It could be a morning yoga routine. Maybe it’s a podcast focusing on creativity. Your framework should get you into the right headspace to do your best work.
Read on for the full scoop.