I always find it interesting and helpful to read about other blogger’s writing processes. So, here’s how I write and hopefully you will find some helpful tips to help you in your writing.
Start with an idea
Obviously. Ideas are everywhere! Maybe it’s a conversation with my Sister or co-workers. Maybe it’s a book or blog I’ve read. Or a friend’s Facebook post. Or even a picture on Pinterest. The ideas come from anywhere and at anytime. I could be driving, working, or in the shower.
Think it through
This may not work for everyone, but I like to think my blog post through before I even start typing it out. Part of this comes from ideas hitting me at random times when my laptop isn’t available. By the time I sit down with my computer, I’ve written most of the post in my head.
Keep a list of ideas
Since ideas come to me so randomly, and I have my phone with me 99.9% of the time, I use the Memo app to keep a list of topic ideas. Whenever an idea hits, I add it to the list. Sometimes I’ll even add a few of the points that I want to make. This helps me remember my topics, as well as provide inspiration when I need something to write about. A lot of bloggers recommend Evernote, but the simplicity of the Memo app works best for me. You can also use the old fashioned notepad and pen.
Schedule posts in advance
When I first started blogging, I wrote and published my posts immediately. I would later go back to read them and find spelling and grammatical errors. While I would edit them as soon as I found the errors, people had already read them. That wasn’t the kind of impression I wanted them to have of my writing skills.
Now I write a post, wait a few days, then go back to read it. It’s much easier to proofread when I’ve had a few days away from the post. After I proofread, I will schedule my post. Occasionally I will write something and then post the next day but that’s rare.
If you need to publish a post immediately, try proofreading it on your phone. I have the WordPress app on my phone, and there’s something about reading a post on a different screen that makes any typos or grammar errors stand out.
Scheduling posts also allows me to be more consistent. Instead of posting one day at 10am and the next at 7pm, all my posts go live at 7am.
On work days this is hard. I work 12 hour shifts, and sometimes I’m too exhausted when I get home. So I don’t beat myself up if I skip a day here and there. But most days I’ll write, even if it’s just for 20 minutes or so. For me, it is relaxing and helps clear my head.
So, even if you choose not to write everyday, be sure that you do consistently set aside time to write every week.
This is how I write for my blog. What’s your writing process? Do you have any tips to share? Let me know in the comments!