Unbelievably, Procrastination Cures Writers Block!
I've found a solution of sorts for those occasions when my brain turns to a lump of clay, and I can't get my teeth into writing. Most of my writing recently has been about setting up a successful online business, but the suggestions below will serve well for authors in all walks of life. Read on to learn how procrastination cures writers block!
To make this work, you have to play a mind game with yourself. It's not too difficult, since we all come pre-wired from the factory with a willingness to procrastinate when we're presented with any potentially boring or undesirable task. Take advantage of that mindset to overcome your writers block!
Let the Games Begin!
I start with a blank screen or piece of paper, do a bit of keyword research in my niche, and jot down a related topic in the WordPress editor. Keyword research is kind of fun; certainly there's nothing creative going on. I can cope with it even if my brain has taken the day off. Note that I'm just taking some notes, not really writing. I'm just making a list of things I found interesting – and potentially profitable.
Next I pick one of the keywords and search for it (in double quotes) in Google – just checking into one of those interesting topics. At this point, my brain is completely sucked in, and thinks this is part of my normal procrastination. Ha!
I look for the major bits that define the topic when I look at the sites from Google. I jot down the most pertinent bits, just under my chosen topic in the editor. You'll notice that there's an outline starting to form here, but I'm still not writing, and my brain is barely aware it's in use. What's more, there's no need to worry about the merits of my little list. I haven't put anything “out there” for others to critique. I'm in a safe spot, just researching.
After I've identified 6 or 8 of those major bits to expand on, I close the browser, and begin tossing ideas and thoughts under each of the main themes that make up my topic. Just fleshing it out with some random thoughts, you understand. It's still a draft, and no one can see it but myself.
The Hat Trick
I can't just leave it like that though. There are sentence fragments, the capitalization and punctuation are all wrong, etc… so I put on my proofreader hat. While I'm at it, I begin tying the bits together, so one paragraph transitions easily to another. Mind you, I'm still not “out there”, I'm just proofreading – the same as I would before sending an email.
Now it's starting to look like something – a research paper! Boring!! Off comes the proofreader hat, and on goes the editor hat. Time to put a title on it (an H1 header) and sprinkle some H3 headers throughout to break up the text and draw the eye down the page. Add a picture or two, and suddenly it's starting to look like something! Wait… something else… what was it? Ah yes – the keyword! Is it in my H1 tag? Can I work it into my first paragraph? Done!
The editor is pleased. It's time to push the Publish button.
Wait! What? It's written? It's out there for all to see?? Perhaps it's not too bad, coming from a lump of clay!
After re-reading the article, I decide that it really doesn't look too bad – and traffic begins to find its way to the finely written, proofread, and edited masterpiece!
The bottom line? Apparently procrastination cures writers block!
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