If you feel this way, you're not alone. Many people struggle with this, often finding all sorts of other things to do instead of getting down to work to write that blog post, business letter or important email.
In this blog post I'll share a few secrets to getting yourself into the writing head space. Starting in the right headspace will mean you hit the ground running and get in flow much more quickly and easily.
- Schedule Writing Time. Instead of trying to write at any old random time, schedule time into your calendar to do your important writing tasks. This will allow you to prepare yourself a little mentally before you start.
- Prepare to Write. If you struggle with writing, it's no good attempting it in a busy or noisy environment. Lock yourself away in a quiet room where you will not be disturbed - put a sign on the door if need be.
- Plan Your Document. Taking even a few minutes to plan what you're going to write will help. Think about your audience. Do they have prior knowledge of this subject? Think about your main message. How might your communication be used?
- Write First. Once you're ready to write - just write. Write freely without editing anything initially. You will find it much easier to get in flow with your writing this way.
- Edit Your Work. Now it's time to edit what you have written. To do this, read your work out loud to immediately recognise whether something you've written sounds write.
- Proof Read. The last step in the process is to proof-read. Again reading your work out loud is very useful. If need be, have a colleague or business partner look over your document for a second opinion.
With just a little preparation and planning, followed by a few simple steps your writing process will be much quicker and easier. I'd love to hear how this process works for you.
Take your time over your writing, and who knows, you may even begin to enjoy it!
If you'd like some further help, check out my business writing training and coaching services. With 1-2-1 and group training there's something for everyone.
Question: What do you find most challenging with business writing? Share your answer in the comments below, I'd love to hear it.