Do you know in your heart you have goodness to share, but you can’t seem to squeeze it out on the page?
Perhaps you’re suffering from a pesky creativity block, low self-confidence or a fear of criticism. It doesn’t matter what your excuse is. The good news is it’s a simple fix when you know how! I know what it’s like when you have a project or intention for putting some creative, heart-felt content out there in the world to uplift and inspire people to live better lives or to work with you. When you so badly want to shine light on the BS and create the change you know the world needs so badly. But nothing. For months.
For me it was a simple mindset shift that got me out of the uncreative quagmire and back on the Internet with some inspired content. You CAN do it. It’s NOT that complicated. It is absolutely worth your while. Your readers are waiting. So get on with it already!! Here’s how to do it…
Start by opening a note on your phone or heading up a page in your notepad titled “Inspiration”. This simple act sets a clear intention that you’re open to receiving ideas that you can utilize in future. No pressure. Keep this page handy to jot down ideas as they come to you in unsuspecting moments while you go about your everyday life. Watch your thoughts. Be vigilant for an idea that sparks your interest or raises a question. If you stopped to notice it was interesting, then no doubt others will too. Collect these ideas so that you have a juicy list of starting points for when you do eventually sit down to write.
Let’s Be Real
Take a test run. Decide what kind of content piece you want to create, how long you want it to be and where you’ll publish it. Then do it. Select an idea from your list and write it out. Remember, this is only a test run to see how long it takes you to produce a piece like this so that you can accurately schedule more in future. An easy, no pressure way to break the ice and get creating. Finish writing and publish it with images, tags and everything, so that you know how long you need for the entire process.
Now you have an accurate idea of how long you need to write and publish a piece, you can schedule next week’s! If you like to sit on a first draft and come back to it with fresh eyes, schedule that process in, along with when you intend to publish.
Be Disciplined Yet Spontaneous
Once you’ve scheduled in regular creative time, you’ll notice how your mind will begin to generate even more ideas in between your creating sessions. Keep that notepad handy and follow any impulses to do further research and develop your ideas. You can read articles or new books during meal times or before you go to bed. Snatching 5-10 minutes here and there to feed your curiosity will invigorate your creativity, keep you motivated and water the seeds of inspiration in your notepad so that you’ll be bursting with things to say when you do sit down to create.
Most importantly, feed yourself with encouraging words. Don’t beat yourself up about “not being creative/motivated/interesting/time or money rich enough etc.” and follow these simple steps to train your creativity to support you in making an impact in the world. Stay focused on the big picture and the excitement you get from sharing your message and being able to impact and inspire people when you do!
For help with fine tuning those important pieces of copy to connect with your audience and sell your ideas in a big way, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.