Writing, just like other skills, can leave us if we let it lie for so long. This might not be the case for full-time writers who write for a living be it blog posts, articles, novels, and so on.
Some writers, however, who come back to hold their pens after a tedious 9-5 job that ran into week, an examination, a non-writing competition or even an emotional breakdown either have the problem of deciding on what to write about or how to start. Most go back to what they wrote before the break and get surprised by how they wrote them.
Here are some tips on how to reawaken your writing fire, or at least spark one:
1. MAKE A LIST OF ENGAGING TOPICS TO WRITE ON
You’ve been away for quite some time. Your platform has gone cold. Your audience have probably forgotten what reading from you feels like, or forgotten what your writing pattern is like. REMIND THEM!
Make a list of topics that will spark engagements once you do your research and let them out. Seeing them alone will remind you you have something to finish.
2. EMBRACE MAKING OUTLINES
Before putting pen to paper, sketch out an outline of the topics you have planned to write, starting from any. This will help you win the war. Very few writers sit down to write anything without a solid plan in mind. It’s been a while you wrote something creative, or you want to start creative writing. Those bullet points are indeed bullets –if you know-.
3. TAKE A STROLL DOWN THE MEMORY LANE
Believe it or not, some kind of satisfaction and fulfillment come from here. You could look at your posts that had the best engagements and what they were about. Have the content at the back of your mind as you write the new.
Sometimes, all you need do is a little bit of research to light back the fire. Ideas beget ideas. We get motivation from the beautiful works of others. Why don’t you put on your data connection and find out what others have written on your chosen topic. Remember, give your writing:
- A powerful title: use words or numbers to attract attention in busy social media streams.
- A captivating opening: promise readers you’ll help solve a problem so they feel encouraged to read on.
- A valuable main body: show, step by step, how to solve a problem or achieve an aim.
- An inspirational closing: jump-start readers into action. You only become a true authority when readers experience the difference your advice makes to them.
Read: Seven Minutes
5. DON’T OVER-EXPLAIN EVERYTHING.
If you’ve followed the above steps and taken the time to organize your thoughts, you should be able to keep things simple. The idea is to give readers just enough to understand what you’re communicating without overwhelming them with trivial details.
You might feel the urge to over stress on an idea just to feel in the gap created by your absence. Do not give in. Remember, content is king. Look at each piece of information and ask whether it’s essential to help your reader understand your message. If not, get rid of it.
6. INFUSE A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
You’ve been away definitely doing something or because something was up. Give your readers a tip on how the experience was; they would be interested. Note: do this when it is feasible. Skip this part when what you have chosen to write is unrelated to the adventure.
7. HAVE NO MERCY EDITING YOUR WORK/FIND A GOOD (PATIENT), EDITOR
Finding and working with a good editor is one of the best things you can do to improve your writing skills. From knowledge and experience, the best editors are those who show you why something doesn’t work, rather than just telling you that it doesn’t. The edit done by your partner or friend is just not enough. Get an editing tool. You could use Grammarly.
8. SELF MOTIVATION IS KEY
Resist the temptation to lie in bed all day. Also, know when to cut the pleasure and fun and get to business. Do not say you’ll write it tomorrow. Advise yourself. You know you have to do this! It doesn’t have to be perfect. Remember, done is better than perfect. You could finish reading this and write right now, or fix a date to write. Shall we?
You might Also be Interested in: Five Basic Grammar Rules to Know