Not a writer, I just write a lot.
That line doesn't work nearly as well if you're not listening to Big Pun singing how he's not a player but just crushes a lot. #justsayin
But I'm not a writer.
When I think of writers I think of a group of folks who know words. They're the masters of literature. They're accomplished (or Chevy Chase in Funny Farm).
Writing Regularly is Hard when you're not a Writer
So what do you do – how do you manage things – if you're not a writer but you're writing a lot? How do you keep things fresh? How do you come up with ideas? How do you stay engaged?
These are the questions I get regularly – particularly when I'm finally face to face with someone who's noticed I write daily. So today I decided to circle back and give you 20 ideas for how to keep things flowing when you're writing regularly.
20 Tricks to Help Those Writing Regularly
- Read daily. At least 15-30 minutes.
- Keep a journal. I use Evernote.
- Listen for questions on Facebook.
- Listen for questions on Twitter.
- Write & keep partial drafts.
- Write titles, keywords, and tags. Save for later.
- Write the sequel to a favorite post.
- Write a comparison post.
- Write a review.
- Make a list (like this one). Or this one.
- Share an opinion.
- Write a tutorial.
- Share an infographic. Say what you like.
- Recommend someone – a service or a product.
- Warn people – stop them from doing something.
- Write a sarcastic article – and watch for comments.
- Create a series.
- Ask a question, like this.
- Invite them to sign up for something, like this.
- Ask your readers what they want to hear.
I admit I have a hard time thinking of myself as a writer. But I write daily – a habit I developed 6 months ago while evaluating what I knew/didn't know about blogging. And what I know is that if being a writer means having total mastery of the language (unlike me, where I start sentences like this one with “and”), I'm not one.
But what I do is write. And I use this list above to help me move thru my days. The list works. Go ahead, steal it. Make it your own. Add to it. And let me know what I missed in the comments below.