There are some weeks when the blog posts practically write themselves. Other weeks, maybe not so much. (The phrase “like pulling teeth” springs to mind.)
I get a lot of requests to write posts and articles for other publications; the most recent request was about the act of blogging itself - how to get started, where to find resources, and top tips for a blogging practice.
I had to stop and think about that for a while and dredge up everything that I found most difficult about blogging when I first started doing it. Intros were difficult. Endings were difficult. Creative titling of said blog = STRESS.
Then a friend gave me a tip that changed my life: write consciously for ten minutes a day.
I'm not talking about quickie emails or social media comments. I'm talking about ten consecutive minutes of deliberate writing.
Learning to write well and consistently is like learning to run. No one would expect you to start by running the Chicago Marathon. You have to start small and build up your stamina.
So that’s what I did. I consciously wrote for ten minutes a day. Some days I would write about why I loved my dogs. Other days I would write descriptions of the reception area while waiting for a meeting to start. But I did it every day, and by the end of the month, I was able to write a 500-word blog post that didn’t feel like an emergency trip to the dentist.
It’s easier than you think.