How long does content creation take you? Can you write a blog post in an hour? Or less?
While writing quickly isn’t necessarily what you need for content creation, it sure helps.
But it doesn’t help if you don’t know what to write. You can use the tips below to help you get started on a bad writing day and to hack your writing process.
Change your blogging game with the tips below.
1. Write Every Day
If you wanted to land a certain gymnastics skill (indulge us) you’d practice that skill constantly, right? The same is true for writing.
It’s something you practice, a skill you build. And even if all you write about one day is how weird of an interaction you had at the store, that still counts (more on that later).
Set out a time for yourself every day for two weeks and write. You can choose if you write for a certain amount of time or until you write a certain number of words.
Not only will you actually get your content done if you plan and commit to doing it, but you’ll create a habit.
As those two weeks go on you’ll find yourself writing better and faster. Continue that practice for another week, and then another. The longer you write consistently, the better and easier it’ll be.
2. Use the Pomodoro Method
There are two main writing methods we’re going to talk about in this section. Neither of them is the “write drunk, edit sober” system Hemmingway used, though maybe that’s worth experimenting with.
The first is the Pomodoro method, and yes, that does mean tomato in Italian. The name comes from those old kitchen timers that were shaped like tomatoes.
To use the Pomodoro method, download an extension for your browser. You’ll work on one thing for 25 minutes and then take a break. It’s a great method if you’re trying to multitask less or extend your attention span.
3. Or the Brain Dump Method
The second method doesn’t necessarily have a name, so we’ll give it one. This is the “brain dump” method. To use it, close out of all tabs and open two-word documents. Split the screen so those two are all you can see.
One document is your content document and the other is your brain dump. Give yourself a time limit and commit to writing that entire time.
Even if you can’t think of anything for content. Write about a child’s birthday party theme you saw on Instagram, a weird person you saw on the street corner, the color of your shoes — anything that gets you typing on your brain dump page.
Eventually, you’ll get bored of typing about boring things and you’ll get some ideas for content.
Isn’t it true that we get our best ideas when we’re not actively trying to find them?
4. “Respond” to Pieces
If you’re the kind of blog that does opinion pieces, why not respond to a controversial article? The original author did most of the work for you, you just need to type how you feel.
Plus, it gives you built in backlinks. Just make sure you’re not saying anything that you don’t want on the internet for the rest of time.
5. Keep Your Ideas Handy
While most of us don’t write things down anymore, you may want to purchase a mini notepad. Or get a notes app. This way, if you have an idea for content, you can write it down before you forget.
If that’s not your jam, look into using a recording app. You just speak your idea into the phone and it’s there for you to listen to later. Quick and easy!
Content Creation Hacks
Though we called these tips “hacks” there aren’t really any short cuts to creating good content. Content creation is an art and you have to put time and effort into it.
The most hacking you can do, when it comes to content creation, is to hack the way you approach it.
Do that, and you’ll be on your way to writing easy breezy blog posts in no time.
Need some brain dump inspiration? Read this social media mistakes article and write about which you do and what you can change.