If you are like me, you know you need to be creating content on your website and social media platforms; however, it’s much easier said than done. Right? If you struggle with consistently writing content, here is a simple daily habit you can implement to keep you on track.
Step 1 – Think Like a Writer
You may be asking the question, how do I think like a writer? First thing you can do to start thinking like a writer is to read books on the topic.
Here are some recommended readings:
- “The Power of Habit” – Charles Duhigg
- “On Writing” – Stephen King
- “The Artist’s Way” – Julia Cameron
- “Writing Down the Bones” – Lori Goldberg
- “Bird by Bird” – Annie Lamott
Step 2 – Write Every Single Day!
Seriously, this means setting aside the time to write every single day. Schedule this time into your calendar and don’t push it off. There are many tools you can use to help you with your writing. Try using Evernote, Google Docs, Notebooks, or even voice recorders.
Step 3 – Create Writing Rituals
Creating writing rituals should be specific to what works best for you. Some people need a special quiet place to work, while others prefer to have music in the background. You may want to grab a coffee, tea or water. The trick to writing rituals is to find what works for you and try to re-create it whenever possible.
Step 4 – Schedule Writing Time
This means actually setting the time aside to really commit to writing. Put 30 minutes in your calendar daily and don’t push it off. Most people find writing first thing in the morning or last thing at night works best for them. Determine when you are most creative and schedule your writing time then.
Step 5 – Read, Read, & Read some more!
This may seem counter-intuitive, but the more you read, the better you become at writing. If you don’t like holding an actual book in your hand, there are so many options available. You can use such tools as Feedly, Pocket, Kindle, and of course audio books if you prefer to listen. If possible, try to read a minimum of one book per month (more if you can find the time!).
To begin the habit of writing daily, open a new document and name it “Morning Pages” or “Evening Pages” if you are a night owl like me! At the top of the page, write “I commit to write 30 minutes every day for one month.” Then DO IT!
These daily writing tips were presented by Heidi Cohen at Social Media Marketing World 2016. If you’d like to get weekly reminders from Heidi, send an email to IDidIt@ActionableMarketing.Guide.
About the Author
Erin Cell is the Founder & CEO of Socially Powered, LLC. I have been helping business owners “Power Up” their online presence since 2012. Socially Powered understands every business is unique & has different social media needs. We work together as a team to create & establish a social media strategy that works for your business.