Saying that I LIKE to write would be like saying -22 degrees is “kinda chilly.” I LOVE writing, and it has always been that way. However, there are special circumstances that make me hate writing. For example, I may need to write another newsletter and be completely out of ideas.

This is precisely why I like resorting to proven methods that put me in the right frame of mind. I realize that my writing troubles are just minor inconveniences, but the average person who is not particularly fond of the writing process must have an entirely different perspective. If you are indeed one of the previously mentioned people, you will want to analyze the 6 points below closely. When you have finished reading these tips, the words will pour out of you.

1. Impulsiveness is key. You already know that ideas pop up at the strangest times if you write quite frequently. The key to harnessing all these ideas is rather simple. Put them on paper when they are fresh or in other words, WRITE, WRITE, AND WRITE some more. Obviously, there will be times when you cannot just jump right into the writing process. If you find yourself in one of these circumstances, simply do your best to write the essence of them down on whatever is available. Remember, refinement is easy and can always be done at a later time.

I can honestly say that my best works have come from elaborating on the sudden surge of ideas that just magically appear in my head. I can also say that I have let hundreds of ideas disappear simply because I wait too long to write them down. The longer you wait to write the ideas down the weaker they get.

Just be impulsive and begin writing right when the ideas hit you. At first, you may have no sense of direction. That is certainly okay. By the end, when you have continued expressing your thoughts, you will be astounded.

2. Question everything. Some of the most brilliant minds are all described as being men and women who challenged the status quo. So do not be afraid to literally question everything. Question everything from simple day-to-day habits to the entire structure of the society you live in. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone has a habit of being intrigued by those who want to know more.

3. Break the rules. This is essentially a step beyond the 2nd because it goes beyond merely questioning the rules. For example, every rule says that a weight loss blogger must be encouraging and compassionate when helping their clients. Well, sometimes you know that just does not work, and you have to try the tough love approach by releasing an article that is harsh on the men and women that are overweight. At first, there might be some harsh feedback, but three months later you might discover that you saved a person’s life because they read your article and decided to start eating right.

4. Combine unlikely things. This type of thinking can be understood by thinking about peanut butter and chocolate. Nobody thought they really belonged together for quite some time, but eventually, someone was able to think outside the box and imagine a world where the two were mixed together. This is precisely what you can do when it comes to just about everything.

You might have a website that operates as a non-profit business to raise money for a particular cause. In order to raise more money as a non-profit site, you could research the tricks of the greediest people. You could then takes some of those tips and use them to your advantage.

5. Don’t be afraid to just write. Life and school really transform people and leave them feeling so pressured that they just lose their ability to write whatever comes to mind. Do not be afraid to just sit down and write the first thing that pops into your head. You might stumble right into a fabulous idea that ends up being one of your best works, or you might end up writing three paragraphs of random information. Either way, it is a win-win because the ideas are flowing and the next three paragraphs are going to start forming structured ideas. I have used this method for years. It has never let me down.

6. Make an outline. This actually touches upon the first point about writing the essence of an idea once it hits you. Making an outline is what you will be doing if you follow the first point. Once the idea pops into your head, you may not be in the right atmosphere to sit down and begin writing. If you are lucky, you might have 5 minutes to write some subject-oriented points down. If that is the case, you can, with virtually no effort see if your idea is really a good idea. More importantly, the outline will help you remember the idea and expand upon it as time progresses. When you finally get that writing time you’ll be ready to explode with words and fully-formed ideas.

Joshua Shoemaker

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