Motivation For writing
Finding a way to get motivation for writing 1000 words a day as a new blogger or writer can be so daunting, especially if you just started blogging.
Maybe you have heard that long post forms are what you should aim at if you intend to rank on Google search and other search engines.
I admit this is true because the average post that ranks on Google is more than 1000 words.
My biggest struggle when it came to writing blog posts was finding a way to stay motivated to write long posts that are in-depth and contain loads of information.
I can confidently say that the length of my blog posts have hugely improved when I followed the strategies I am about to share with you.
My blog posts are now averagely between 1500 minimum and 2500 words maximum.
I’m not going to say my proven ways to get motivation for writing a blog post will 100% help you.
But, it will definitely take away some of the equations out of the blog post writing complexities.
In this blog post, I will be sharing with you 12 ways to help you get motivated for writing over a 1000 word blog post without feeling overwhelmed a day.
How To get motivation for writing
#1 Stop procrastinating and start writing
Your first mission to get motivation for writing is to Stop Procrastinating and start writing.
I get it.
When you start a blog, the common thing that may stop you from writing may be anxiety that will lead you to procrastinate.
And it’s normal.
You will be thinking about the ‘what ifs’ and the’ what nots’.
While these thoughts are urging you to procrastinate, you should remember you are just wasting away investments you have made into your website.
My first ever guest blog post almost got ruined because I was scared people were not going to read it or worse still, the admin of that blog will not publish it so I kept on Procrastinating on writing the post.
I just got over my writing anxiety and wrote it anyway.
And you know what?
It never got published.
I know in my heart that I outdid myself for that post.
But that rejection has not stopped me from writing.
The moral of the story here is to stop with the negativity and start writing
#2 Create a writing space
Personally, sitting at a desk helps me very much to write. This is why I believe creating a writing space can motivate you to write.
An aura of seriousness surrounds me when I sit at my desk to write.
It sometimes makes me forget about my environment honestly.
#3 Skip the introductions and start writing
How many times have you sat down to write only for your blog post introduction to pull you back?
A lot of times right? When I started blogging, introductions alone always got me wanting to hurl my tablet to the wall.
Forgetting that the introduction is a small portion of the whole blog post
I agree that the introduction is the glue that gets a blog visitor to stick but if you have what the visitor wants they will stick either way.
When you are done writing the body of your blog post draft that is when you come back to craft a short introduction for your blog post.
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#4 Outline 5 subheadings for your blog post
Outlining subheadings for your blog post is one of the best ways to get you motivated to start writing.
Not only will subheadings get you to write 1000 words but also it gets your readers engaged in whatever topic you are writing about.
Again, having subheadings helps your thoughts to flow effortlessly.
Why 5 subheadings? You may be asking.
Under the 5 subheadings, you can target to write at least 200 words under each subtopic.
This way, by the time you are done writing the main content of your blog post, you will have a 1000 word blog post draft.
So how do you find these 5 subtopics for your blog post
That’s way easier than you may think.
When you get a blog post idea, you just search for it on Google and see the questions people ask concerning your blog post.
You can find these questions in the ‘people also ask’ section in the Google Search engine results page (SERPS).
Again, you can go down to the bottom of the SERPS.
There, you will see the ‘searches related to your topic’.
Also, you can use any of these free keyword research tools to research your keywords and other searches related to your keyword.
This method has so far been a proven way for me and many other bloggers to outline subheadings for blog posts and also to structure your post.
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#5 Set Aside time to write
I have found that when I set aside time to write, I get more writing done than writing randomly.
You can set for yourself an hour every 3 or 5hours to write under every subtopic you have written down.
You can also follow the Pomodoro technique where you can write for 25 minutes and when the 25minutes is up, you either do research for 10 minutes or stretch yourself.
Repeat this process until the one hour you set for yourself is up.
It’s easy to forget yourself when you take a 10 minutes break.
Make sure to set alarms for your 25 minutes writings and your 10-minute breaks.
The egg timer is a great writing tracker app you can use to track the time you spend writing.
Honestly, the Pomodoro method has not worked for me but it could work for you.
Who knows, you could have more words than you targeted by the time the hour mark is up.
#6 Take A break
Another way to get motivation for writing is to take a break
It is very important to take a break when you feel tired or stressed out.
Take it from a writerholic.
You will be surprised to know what taking breaks can do for your brain.
I have found that when I continue to write while feeling stressed out or tired, I only write nonsensible things which I have to go back to after taking a break only to delete them and re-write.
This is a lesson I have learned the hard way and you should also learn from.
Go do an exercise, drink coffee or take a nap if it’s possible to get re-energized to continue writing
#7 Use writing tools to make writing easier
Writing tools like Grammarly, Google docs, Hemmingway are great tools to help you write better.
Spell check suggestions, punctuation, word usage corrections provided by writing tools help greatly to take the stress out of needing to go through your posts to correct every mistake you may have made.
There are other writer app and writing Tracker apps that you can use. Find one that works well for you and follow it.
#8 Eliminate all distractions
This tip is obvious, right? But I have included it anyway.
What are the distractions I’m talking about?
TV shows and social media platforms.
I can’t say enough how these two things are big distractions.
Take a look at this scenario.
You get a notification from Facebook and you decide to just check what the notification is about while writing only to return from Facebook to your writing after an hour or more.
You get a notification from Netflix about a new episode for a series you are currently watching, and the truth here is, you have been yearning to know what will happen in the next episode.
Your next instinct is to stop writing to watch that episode right?
Don’t feel guilty.
We’ve all been there.
That’s why it is important to eliminate all writing distractions.
You can put your notifications on silent or better still don’t work on the same device, which gives you your notifications.
Again, you should set a limit to the number of shows you watch per day.
With these distractions out of the way, you can be sure to write productively.
#9 There is no such thing as the perfect blog post
Get this straight.
There is no such thing as the perfect blog post. You write what you know or what you have researched.
Heck, I don’t know if this blog post is helpful or not.
The truth is, you are always free to make mistakes.
There is always going to be time for you to update your blog post as time goes on with more information you gather and correct your mistakes.
People are more concerned with what your content can solve than wanting perfection.
Don’t stress yourself there.
Write about what you can write or take a break.
Read whatever you have written and correct errors as you do so.
If you feel 1000 words is too much for you to do in a day, cut it to 800 words.
As time goes on, you will go past the 800 words a day without realizing it.
Always remember that quality should trump quantity.
#10 Award yourself
Everybody deserves an award. Whether it’s an accomplishment or a failure, and that includes you.
Award yourself with stickers. Get yourself smiley, neutral and frowning stickers.
Get cardboard and pin it to a wall. Any time you complete a writing target for the day, award yourself with a smiley face.
If you almost finished, award with a neutral face sticker.
Award with a frowny face whenever you are unable to write half of your target.
#11 Remember your ‘why’ for starting a blog
Any time I remember why I started this blog, I get motivated to write more content.
My about me section will tell you my reason for starting a blog like this.
It gives me the urge to write more and more content to help newbie bloggers.
That is why I believe remembering why you started your blog is enough to nudge you to write content.
You can write down your reasons for starting a blog on a sticky paper and stick it to your computer screen to serve as a reminder.
#12 Absolutely don’t Force yourself if you don’t feel like writing
There are some days you will 100% not feel like writing and that’s totally fine.
We all have our off days anyway.
Although, I admit sometimes forcing myself gets me to write more than I thought I could write.
Believe me, forced writing can be felt by your readers as there is no passion behind your words.
But please don’t make it a habit of always not feeling motivated to write.
It will take away your interest in blogging fast.
Writing a 1000 word blog post can be daunting.
But, after setting myself up with these writing strategies, I can write blog posts efficiently.
I know it’s not easy as I have put it.
What I do know is, as you start to write regularly, your speed for writing will increase abundantly.
A wise person once said ‘ the only dreams that are impossible are the ones not pursued’
Don’t give up on writing blog posts.
I hope this post has been helpful enough in motivating your self to start writing.
It’s now your turn. What motivates you to write a day? I would love to know
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