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Blogging: How To Write When You Don’t Feel Like It

Posted on 09 August 2010 by Joel Mark Witt

I didn’t FEEL like writing anything today. But I wrote anyway…

Feeling blah happens to the best of us

Call it the blues. Call it feeling blah. Call it writer’s block. Whatever you call it – the fact is you don’t feel like writing anything today. You might have had a bad day or maybe you’re sick. It’s tough to write when you feel like watching TV or checking your email or sending friends updates on Facebook.

But having an iron butt and being able to sit in your seat banging out a blog post is something you KNOW will bring you closer to your business goals.

What to do about feeling blah

With the exception of physical illness, 9 times out of 10 your blah feeling is in your head. One of the ways to deal with this is to manipulate your mind, take control of your thoughts and change your state.

Change your mind

Find things to dwell on that you’re grateful for. Think about positive experiences or successes you’ve had. Think about all the people who love you and care about you. Focus on how great you’ll feel once you write this blog post and it’s finished.

Change your body

Eat something that will nourish you. Go for a run. Sit in the sun and drink some coffee. Listen to some music.

The goal is to break your state of mind and get yourself into a state that can be productive and write anyway.

How to actually write [tips]

So let’s assume you’ve worked on getting your body and mind into a productive state. Here are a few specific techniques for writing your post.

  • Focus on other people’s problems. Think about problems your customers or prospects are having and focus on helping them solve these. Write about the specific steps it will take to solve these.
  • Focus on specifics. When I’m feeling blah, the more specific I can get with my post the easier it is to write. I try to focus on one tip or technique and make that the driving force behind my writing. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated.
  • Go with how you’re feeling and use it. Sometimes the feeling you have can be the genesis of a post. If you are feeling confused and blah because a vendor is giving you the run around – write about it. Write “5 tips to deal with uncooperative vendors” for example.
  • Start by outlining. Outlining is my best writing tool. If you want to get really fancy check out MindMeister Mind Map software. It’s free to use and can help you organize your thoughts visually. Whether you choose an outline or mindmap – get your thoughts on paper.

Imagine your outcome

A good friend of mine once said “A true professional does the job no matter how they feel that day.” That quote has always stuck in my head. Imagine being able to write no matter how you feel.

I would recommend that you close your eyes and feel what it is like to have a finished blog post. Imagine yourself feeling accomplished and at ease knowing you FINISHED.

Today’s Action Steps

  • If you found this post helpful please share with others.
  • Leave a comment below with your best tip on how to write when you don’t feel like it.

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Joel Mark Witt is the Publisher of Folk Media and author of 21 Days To Twitter Leadership. He is a producer, author, speaker and social media marketing coach who consults with businesses and nonprofits on how to use social media in marketing and communications. Get more from Joel on Twitter or Google Buzz.

*Photo by Jar0d

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