This week I cannot say I even felt like writing. In fact I skipped writing last week. I had been ill and all my motivation was zapped. I even felt quite discouraged too. Physical illness can do that to you.
But what was wonderful is despite my illness and discouraged attitude I was reminded of my one word I determined to live by in 2014, commitment.
It took me the better part of last week to get back to normal but I learned some valuable lessons of how to get back on track and keep advancing in my commitment as a writer.
Make a Pen and Notebook Your Friends
I honestly felt my head just could not wrap around writing anything. LOL when I was first becoming ill with aches and fever I think I wrote three blog post in my dreams. This is where I should have had my pen and notebook near me.
Even just to jot down the ideas that were coming to my head. My mind has been that committed and even in sickness it is amazing how ideas stream through.
Lessons learned even though your body is aching make a pen and notebook your friends. Perhaps at the moment you may dread writing or doing anything but when you get to feeling better you will be so glad you did.
I failed to that this time and now I am left with, “I know I had great post ideas but I do not remember what they were.”
The best time to make sure that you have a pen and notebook is when you are feeling fine.
Make them your buddies. Develop a good habit of jotting ideas down. That way it will be natural for you to do that even when you become ill.
So let’s just say you are in the same boat like I am this week. I did not jot anything down. My illness left me feeling discouraged. Now how do I get inspired? By putting others first.
I have recently become increasingly involved in reading and commenting in other blogs. In one blog in particular where Adrienne offers excellent advice on blogging and relationships, she warmed my heart.
She is truly a relationship individual and quickly caught on to my words and offered encouragement.
Mind you as I was reading her blog post, “Why Being Everywhere For Traffic Is A Lie,” my head was still feeling groggy from being in bed so long. I was so discouraged but when I put others first I was so blessed and given a motivational boost with Adrienne’s contagious attitude of gratitude.
It took me the rest of the week to finally get to feeling better. And guess where I wanted to visit?
You guessed it Adrienne’s blog. The main reason is because she is so inspiring. This week she had a guest writer, Sheryl and I was so encouraged to start the week off with the right perspective.
So when you find yourself coming out of a difficult time and want motivation to get back to writing put others first. It is amazing how other people’s writings can boost your own ideas. Not to mention their attitude that warms your heart to keep on going.
Create an Idea Bank
There have been times I am just on a roll of topic ideas. So what I do is I jot them down. This way when I am back to writing I simply go to my “idea bank” and start writing.
I have even written entire idea outlines or subtopics to later fill in the blank if you will. But more than likely when I do this I am in such a mood to write that I just go ahead write the outline and fill out right away.
I have found this idea also works with book ideas. I currently have over 10 book ideas in my idea bank. It helps me get it out of my system and later I decide whether or not I will use it. In fact I actually combined a book idea into a fun memoir of our family that I hope to have finished in the early part of 2015.
My idea bank has also worked to spark other blog post. I highly recommend doing this. It is almost like brainstorming but it is for brief spurts where all you are doing is coming up with title or outline ideas. This has been a life saver especially in moments of writer’s block where I just needed a word or two to spark my creative thinking.
Write When You are in the Mood
That is one thing about writers, writing comes easiest when you are in the mood to write. I have learned to channel this energy. In fact I will even restructure my schedule to accommodate my writing mood.
I maintain another blog called Scripture Look, where I share my personal mediations, musings and music that is related to my faith. A few weeks ago I got on a writing roll. I cranked out several blog post but rather than posting them all I reserved them and scheduled them out.
My desire is to write once a week and I filled my content calendar for Scripture Look in two days of writing mood.
This works great especially if you are writing ever green content. The nice thing about ever green content is that if you come up with a time sensitive post you can move the evergreen content for a later day covering your blogging time.
Writing when you are in the mood is my favorite. I feel like I could just write and not get tired. Well that is until my fingers start to feel it.
Which by the way, my mentor and friend, Carol Amato does an amazing job of talking out her content and having it transcribed with a software called Dragon Naturally Speaking. Something I may be looking into.
Another way to write faster than you can type is to speak out your writing and have a person transcribe it. This way you can offer an audio as well. Just some side note ideas to help you crank out your writing content.
Now it is your turn: What other ideas do you have that help you write or crank out content?