You know you have to write something. Maybe a newsletter or a new blog for your website. But somehow, week after week, it doesn’t get done. It just hangs around on your to-do list, taunting you and generally being unpleasant.
To kick your new year off, here are our top three techniques for taming the little beast and getting your writing jobs sorted.
Tip one: tackle it in smaller bits.
Feel like you just don’t have the time? Your writing job will be easier to disarm if you break it into smaller tasks to tackle between phone calls or meetings. Once you’ve completed a task, let yourself stop. You’ll still have made progress and the next step will feel much easier.
Tip two: however you do it, just get it down.
Stop trying to write it with style and just write it – “this newsletter is about writing and how to make it easier to get started…”.
Remember, say it straight, then say it great.
Tip three: Craft it into submission
Leave your first draft on ice for a few hours (or days), then go through it again. Aim to reduce the word count by 30% – it’ll force you into being clearer and more concise.
If you got through all that, here’s a badly written sign for you to snigger about.