The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received
The Five Steps To Avoiding The Writer’s Block
Imagine that one of your good friends is sitting by your side at your favorite coffee house. It’s sunny (or rainy?) outside and your friend is excited to speak to you about something. Lately, they have been thinking about [insert topic] and have some questions [your blog title] about it .
What do you do?
- You listen attentively to their question and gather as much information as you can. [Research]
- You think of ways you can add value. [Idea generation]
- You add your thoughts to your ideas. [Draft]
- You refine your thoughts a little [Editing]
- You speak [Publish]
In all these steps, you are talking with and thinking about just one person — your friend, your colleague or Rachel (an imaginary person with a problem of their own).
Too often, we fail to ship our work because we think too broad. In writing, this is nothing less than a curse. If you want to avoid writer’s block, be sure to focus on one person who you want to write for.
It’s just like the famous Starfish Story.
“ The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
If your writing makes a difference for just one person, it’s worth it. So write for that one starfish who is waiting to hear you.
If you think this one made a difference for you, hit recommend so that it can make one for others too. (Oh it rhymed!)