How to Start Writing When You Don’t Feel Like It

how to start writingDo you ever have those days when you just don’t know what to write…or you simply don’t feel like it?

Yes.  Definitely.   Is this some kind of joke? Everyone feels that way sometimes. 

Sometimes you just don’t feel like sitting down in the chair and writing about your subject.

Maybe you don’t feel creative today.  Or you’re not in the mood.  Or the sun isn’t shining. 

In those situations, the best thing you can do is suck it up and write anyway.

Write that blog post.  Write the email you’re going to send out tomorrow.  Or work on the next chapter of your book. 

Sit your butt down in that chair.  Turn off your internet browsers, the phone, and all your instant messengers.  For the next 30 minutes, write like your life depended on it.

Don’t get up from that chair until the 30 minutes is up.

And you’re NOT allowed to stare at a blank screen.  You must start actually typing out what you want to say immediately.

If it’s an email, start off by telling a story of something that happened to you this week or an email you received.  If it’s a blog post, perhaps grab one keyword phrase and start writing what you know about that off the top of your head.   If it’s the next chapter in your book, hopefully you already have an outline and can go with that.

Here’s what most people do.

They sit there and wait for the creative muse to hit them. 

And they wait some more.  Maybe they get up and walk around the office.  Or go grab a banana from the kitchen. 

They sit down.  And they wait some more.

Forget waiting for creativity.  Start writing and let creativity catch up to you. 

You’re not waiting for it.  It’s waiting for you.

You might say, “But it won’t be outstanding content.  It won’t knock people’s socks off.”

How do you know?  I’ve been surprised multiple times by which articles people enjoy the most.  And some of the best were the ones I did exactly like this.  I sat down and let it roll.

Here’s the little secret.

Remember no one has to see a word of what you wrote until it’s ready.  Not even your momma has to see it unless you’re ready to publish it.

Writing and editing are two totally different steps.  Write first.  Edit later.

Being a perfectionist means you never get started in the first place.  Or you struggle over every word, cutting off the creative juices just as they get flowing. 

I’ve seen multiple challenges to write a minimum of 1,000 words a day.  Can you do it?  Can you sit down and write 1,000 words today.  Perhaps you do a 30 minute session in the morning.  And invest another 30 minutes session in the evening.

There are a lot of tricks writers use to get it done. 

For example one writer I know has his writing hat which he puts on when he’s going to write.  It gets him in the mood. 

Another writer uses an egg timer he sets on his desk for 33 minutes.  He writes until the timer goes off and then gets up for a break. 

An additional method is to setup a specific location in your house or outside and go there with your laptop when it’s time to write.

No matter what, just do it…even when you don’t feel like it.  Even when you don’t think you have a single useful thing to say, write. 

Practice the goal.  You’ll improve.  Everything you write won’t be solid gold, but some of it will. 

And the more you write, the better your “luck” becomes.   

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Terry Dean

Terry Dean has been in full-time internet business since 1996 and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs get started online through his articles and products. He lives in Dunnellon, Florida with his wife and 2 dogs. Find out more about how the Monthly Mentor Club can help you today.