3 Simple Rules For Unlocking Your Writing Superpower
Writing is not always the easiest thing to do and most of us have bad memories from school when it comes to creating long-form posts. Blogging is not only a place where you can express yourself through words but it’s also a place where you can benefit from those same words as well.
In order to be a top blogger in your niche, you have to be willing to write almost every day. This is a pure fact, at least for people who are new to the game like me.
How do some of these top writers produce such great content every day? It is true that many of these people do have a natural talent for the craft, but they also know how hard it was to get started.
In today's days and age, blogging can be done by anybody. You don’t have to have a master's in journalism to be successful in the field, although it would probably help.
New writers are faced with the obstacle of consistency. To simply put it, it’s hard to write every day. Good ideas don’t just come to us whenever we need them to. They come at the most random times or if we get lucky. There are a few ways that I’ve learned to help me make writing into a habit, I would even go as far as to say that it is part of my DNA.
These methods include:
- Starting a blog
- Reading for inspiration
The time to become a blogger is now, there’s no better opportunity to chase this dream. There has been a spike of writer’s on Medium since the pandemic has occurred. Everyone is seeing the opportunity, but many people are not making the art of writing into a habitual skill.
Use this time wisely to make writing something you actually enjoy doing and not to please others. Take a look into these three methods and why they should make a shift in your writing process.
Pick Out a Journal and Start Writing
There are many journals to choose from that you can use to make your life and thoughts more organized. It’s important to pick one that you think would benefit your writing process the most. Here's a list of all the journals to choose from and what they bring to the table.
The three kinds of journals that will help you the most as a writer are:
- Writing journal
- Idea journal
- Gratitude journal
For beginner writers, your best bet would be to go with a writing journal. These are journals that are usually filled with blank pages for you to express how you're feeling. This is a good place to practice your writing before taking it onto a blogging platform like Medium. This journal could also be used to write down how your day was and what you learned from that day.
If you’re somebody who is always coming up with ideas during the day then your best bet is to go with an idea journal. In this journal, you will find bullet points or pages with structured formatting to keep your ideas organized. I find that idea journals are great for writers because you have one place that you can look to when trying to decide what you want to write about next. You no longer will become frustrated after forgetting about a topic you wanted to write about, it will be sitting comfortably in that journal and waiting for you to use it.
If you’re having a hard time finding positivity throughout your day or can’t find the motivation to write, then you should definitely look into getting a gratitude journal. This journal is usually filled with prompts and quotes to put you in a good mood. It’s important to have a healthy mindset when getting into blogging, it could be mentally tiring and discouraging at times. Having a gratitude journal is a great way to stay reminded that writing is a gift that was given for you to utilize.
Start a Blog and Challenge Yourself to Keep It Updated Weekly
Do you ever find yourself writing for a few days straight and stopping when you feel like you’ve run out of ideas?
This is common for all beginner writers, we start to realize that not every one of our articles is going to be perfect. In order to prevent yourself from stopping, you need to use something that can hold you accountable.
Starting a Word Press blog or even getting started on Medium will help you to start writing more. Many bloggers on Medium will tell you that you need to fall in love with writing every day in order to see the results you’re looking for.
Ayodeji Awosika is always emphasizing that it took him five years to start making a living off of his writing. He had to go through many hurdles and years of work just for him to become the great writer that he is today.
Once you start writing for an audience you will begin to realize that you can’t keep them waiting for long. Even if you feel like you have an audience that is nonexistent, it’s good to imagine that you do have one so that when that audience is active and is constantly reading your work you won't be burned out.
Many of the top bloggers in the world know how important it is to write daily and have to in order to keep their audience attentive. Building a blog from the ground up will help you to become motivated to write.
You see the vision that you want to attain, it’s your job to go and make that happen. Add some discipline into your writing and it will start to feel like it’s part of your DNA.
Make Time For Inspirational Reading
Reading is the secret key to becoming passionate about your writing. The more you know about the topics you’re writing about then the better they’ll sound.
The information about these topics can come from the internet but also come from books. Learning about how some of your favorite authors use different techniques to catch your attention is something you can study for your writing as well.
Whenever I’m feeling a little tired of writing during the week, I will open up some of my favorite books and reread some of the sentences that I have highlighted, simply for inspiration. This is also a good way to figure out new topics to write about.
Whenever you’re reading a book from now on, try to figure out how the author is keeping you engaged. If you’re reading a book that doesn’t interest you, learn to avoid making those same mistakes.
There should be no excuse for finding time to read a couple of pages a day. If you’re still finding this hard to do then remember that this is one small sacrifice that you should do if you want to make writing into a habit.
Once you start writing every day, you will see the good and bad that comes with it. You’ll learn what makes you most excited and what doesn’t. Don’t dwell on the bad things that you may experience, just try to eliminate them as much as you can.
Make your writing as fun as possible and learn to fall in love with it. Read books that make you emotional, being in touch with your emotions constantly is great for your writing and will be great for your readers as well. If a reader can feel the same emotion that you’re portraying through your work then you have done your job.
Reading books daily is also a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary that you can use in your writing. As writers, it gets annoying when there’s a word that we want to write but just can’t think of. Books will keep your memory fresh for those exact moments.
Writing can become natural for you if you follow along with these steps. Make sure that you’re developing a loving relationship with the art, don’t let it steer you into negativity. I’ll leave you with a quote from Rainer Maria Rilke that says
“Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.”