Get Inspired And Release Your Inner Writer Part 1
Do you get a bit stressed out when you have to get some articles written? If you’re a blogger or a small business owner who has an online presence, you pretty much already know the importance of creating quality content for your site.
Writing is necessary to connect with your audience. It’s also essential for content placement which will help the overall marketing strategy and when optimizing your pages to rank higher in the search engines.
Even if you already know how to write a blog post, this 4 part series will give you some insights on releasing your inner writer. That way you can enjoy the process of writing and not only the consequences of achieving your writing goals.
Get inspired first.
So many people jump into writing when they aren’t feeling the ‘flow’. Every writer dreads that moment where they stare at a blank page and nothing seems to come out. Trying to write without being inspired is like trying to push a stubborn donkey up a hill… It just doesn’t work.
In order to overcome writer’s block, you need to make an internal decision that you will first discover what delights your soul. Forcing yourself is never the best approach. What topics get you excited? What motivates you at the core of your being? Finding the joy in the subjects that you’re writing about will release your inner writer. Joy will get you in the ‘zone’ where the words will pour right out of you.
Questions are great stimulators.
One thing that you can do when you feel a bit stuck is to ask yourself questions. Go through the main words: who, what, when, where, why, and how to create questions that are relevant to your topic.
Sometimes I pretend there’s someone right in front of me asking me about that exact subject that I’m writing on. If you’re a good person (which I believe you are), then you’ll naturally want to help others. Envisioning someone asking for help has triggered me into writing several times.
You don’t have to only rely on your own imagination though. There are many reasons why people use online social networking and one of the biggest ones for me is to get inspired to write. When I go to forums and see what people are asking, I get completely motivated to answer them. But instead of answering on the forum, I go into my Word processor and provide the answer through my article. Then later I can go back to the forum and point them to the article that I wrote.
Another idea is to go to places like Yahoo answers and type in your keywords to find out what others are asking.
Inspiration is everywhere.
Many things can inspire your soul to write. Be sensitive to different things that surround you. Sounds, images, smells and music can activate your mind into writing. Sometimes just going outside and looking at the sky is enough. If your physical surroundings are not that inspirational, take a look at magazines, artwork or picture books to spark more ideas.
Google Images works like magic.
If none of these things are working, you can always use good ole’ Google Images to get the juices flowing ;-).
How? Well… search for images on the topic that you’re writing about. Quickly scan through the results and notice which image touches you in some way. You know the saying:
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Well there have been times when one picture has stimulated me to write over a thousand words.
When you’re looking through pictures, don’t try to analyze too much. This is a right brain activity and analyzing at this moment would only detract from your goal to be moved. Simply allow your feelings to guide you.
The lighting or the color of the image may catch your eye. When you click through and enlarge it, you’ll start to form words and sentences related to what you want to write.
Once you feel that initial ‘spark’, go write out what you’re thinking. When you’re out of ideas for a new paragraph just think of another word that has to do with what you’re writing about and search for it in Google Images. Keep doing this until you have inspired your way through the whole article. This process has worked for me several times and I’m sure it will work for you too.
What about you? How do you get inspired for writing? Have you ever used questions, social media, and images to help you out? We can all learn from each other as writers so please share your experiences in the comment section below.
You can read more about getting inspired for your writing goals in part 2 of this series.