Blogging can be a real challenge if you look at it as just more writing. It’s like asking you to find an additional hour in your day, and that’s not going to happen, is it? 🙂
Blogging the simplest way
Here’s how to blog the simplest way. Integrate blogging with your writing — make it an integral part of your writing day.
Let’s say you’re a Kindle publisher. You’re writing a series of mystery novels.
Here’s how you might integrate blog content creation with your day. (We’re assuming that you have a blog. If you don’t have one, create one.)
1. When you open Scrivener (or whatever writing app you choose) at the start of your writing day, start a new blog post
You start writing in Scrivener. Your goal today is to write a scene of 1500 words. You write the scene: your sleuth meets one of the suspects for the first time.
Occasionally, you glance at the blog post you’ve started. What will you write? You have no idea.
You’ve completed the scene, and you’re reading through it. You get an idea for a blog post: you decide to share a new insight about your sleuth. Or you decide to write about your writing session. So you write that in your post.
Then you jot down another idea.
You started a blog post, and I promise you that something will occur to you. Just jot down your first thoughts.
Important: please don’t make demands on your creativity. Accept whatever you write, even if it seems the stupidest idea ever. You can fix your writing, as long as you write something.
2. Write your first thoughts in your blog post editor
When you treat blogging as something that’s separate from your writing, you get stuck. Writing a post becomes much harder than it needs to be, because when you start something new, you need to conquer inertia, and resistance.
But if you just open your blog post editor, that’s a niggle — something unfinished. You’ll write something, and that’s what you want.
3. Open your blog post editor again tomorrow
Write your mystery novel. And open your blog post editor.
Again, you’ll write something. You may add to your first blog post, or you might start a new post. It doesn’t matter what you do. As long as you remember to open your blog post editor, you’ll write SOMETHING.
Try it today: keep your blog post editor open
See what happens. 🙂
- Just open your blog post editor;
- Write whatever comes, remember, crappy first drafts;
- Edit your posts on another day: don’t try to combine writing and editing.
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