Writing content sucks! Especially with that mindset… Would you like to know why? In my experience, it comes from a few different places:

1. lack of direction
2. lack of confidence or education
3. and lack of willpower

We’re going to tackle all of these with 15 tips and tricks to help you break through that writing dread and actually enjoy content creation.

First, lack of direction.

When you lack direction what you’re really suffering from is a lack of preparation. Most people can’t just sit down and whip up a perfectly polished article on an intriguing topic their audience will fawn over.

It takes work. You need to talk to your audience, find out what they need, brainstorm topics you feel comfortable educating them on, and then write (and write and write and write).

Second, lack of confidence and lack of education.

This is actually a few fears hiding in plain sight. You’re inexperienced writing in this way (or at all) and putting it out into the world. You’re unsure about your skills either because you’re unfamiliar with the language or your grasp of grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Honestly, this is an easy fix. If English is your second language (depending on how dedicated you are to self-educating), you may need to outsource this entirely, or maybe just hire a proofreader and editor.

If you’re worried you’ll misspell something, there are free resources for that. Grammarly, Microsoft Word docs, the Hemingway App, etc.
Google a tool and use it to make sure your writing is tip top. No more excuses.

Third, lack of willpower.

Consider this your kick in the pants. Lack of willpower comes in all forms, usually with the excuse that there’s just no time…

I won’t let up on this because I too have a full time job, a family, hobbies, island life to enjoy, my copywriting business and course, (the list goes on). I understand busy more than most.

(These harsh words are not directed to those who are prioritizing love, life, and health due to pre-existing circumstances. Everyone is different. One size does not fit all, but you know your limits. Stay accountable to yourself).

The solution to all of these can be found in the tips below. I’ve used them all, and (depending on your personality) they all work.

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Let’s get started:

  1. Take action
    Not writing will not help you write. If you want to churn out content that your audience drools over, then you need to write. Sit down and type something out. It might suck, and that’s okay. We’ll get to that part later on.
  2. Stick with a process
    Piggybacking on #1, to make taking action easier, plan your action. Every Sunday afternoon (while the kids play outside) dedicate at least 30 minutes to writing (whether you use that writing in your business or not). The goal here is to create a habit and, hopefully, something you can use.
  3. Be willing to write badly
    This is why it’s okay if you think your writing sucks. Guess what, everyone’s does. You’re in good company. Hemingway’s company to be exact. He is rumored to have said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” And it’s the honest truth not just in writing, but in life. Live by these words and be at peace with your first draft. To quote another, nameless writer, “You can’t edit a blank page.”
  4. Free-write to kick-start creativity
    Not sure what to write? Just throw down whatever’s on your mind. Kids create something for you at school that made your heart sing? Tired of shaving your legs? Write it down and keep writing until you’re in the flow. The right words will come. Trust me. Everything’s eventual.
  5. Remember to enjoy yourself
    This one is a Jedi mindset trick. The more you tell yourself you hate writing, the more you will. But… if you come to your Sunday writing sessions with a smile and an open mind (even if you’re faking it) eventually you actually will enjoy it. I live my life by the “fake it ‘till you make it” mentality and it has always served me well.
  6. Start in the middle
    Little known fact: In another life I’m a published author, and the advice for writing content is amazingly similar to that of writing your first book or short story. Many people find the first sentence, paragraph, chapter too difficult to write until everything else has come together. If you’re staring at a blank page, try starting in the middle and building out whichever direction feels most comfortable.
  7. Write to someone you know
    This is conventional wisdom no matter how you’re communicating. If you pretend you’re writing (or talking) to a friend, you’re words will come across more natural and comfortable. Your personality will shine through, and you’ll feel more confident in what you have to say. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself.
  8. Outline – expand – expand – done
    This is my favorite way of writing. I often work from an outline. I bullet point everything I want to address and then I go back and fill in each bullet with more information. After that I’ll write the end, and then the beginning. Last, I’ll work out the right headline. It’s a chaotic order, but it works for me. There’s no right way to write. Just do what comes naturally to you.
  9. Write backwards
    This is similar to the start in the middle, but some people find it easier to sum-up their points in a conclusion and then go back and expand on them. I use a combination of this technique and others in my writing all the time.
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  11. Tell a story
    It’s what I built my brand on and, because I started out as an author before a blogger and copywriter, it just comes more naturally to me. People like to be entertained. They will also retain information better when it’s presented to them in story-form. If this works for you, great! Run with that!
  12. Talk it out
    Many times I need to talk things out with my husband before they make sense to me. I have lots of epiphany moments mid-sentence. Something about saying it out loud can clarify and simplify things for you too.
  13. Use a pen and paper
    Not so comfortable typing? Constantly distracted by those Facebook notifications? You might need to go the old-fashioned route and put it down on paper. This is very helpful for me and I often use this method to brainstorm and plan things out. Then, I’ll take it to the screen when I’ve got a clearer picture of what I want to write (or do).
  14. Change location
    Maybe the kitchen table isn’t the right place for you. If the kids are running around and you’re multitasking with dinner, cleanup, and family conversation it might be time to pack up your writing materials and head upstairs, outside, or around the block to the nearest coffee shop. Or you could pull a James Wedmore and just put headphones on (with or without music) to signal that you should not be disturbed.
  15. Read
    Want to write an awesome blog post? Read awesome blog posts. It’s hard to work from nothing, and if you’re not one to read blog posts on the topics you write then writing one might not come so easy. Read more to write better. It’s advice that’s been given in all circles of writing. I challenge you to give it try.
  16. Set short goals
    Knowing you need to write 4 or 8 blog posts this month feels like a daunting task that will only encourage procrastination. Start small. Like with 1 blog post. See how that goes. Then, write another, but maybe let someone proofread and critique it for you. Then write a third, have it proofread, make corrections, and publish it for the world to see. Baby-steps are important. Small goals get things done.

My last piece of advice comes from my husband. It’s the one piece of advice I lean into when I have trouble making a decision or completing a task.

“Time passes regardless”

It’s simple and meaningful. Time will pass regardless of what you do now. You could put off writing until you feel “ready” (whatever that means), or you could get started.

If you had gotten started a year ago, imagine where you’d be today. If you get started today, imagine where you’ll be a year from now.

So… what will you do?

Want to learn more about how to overcome fear of the blank page? Join us every week for our FREE Copy Masterclass where I walk you through step-by-step guidance LIVE. Get your invitation here → https://dnccopywriting.com/masterclass.