I wanted to post today about certain methods of pre-writing that will enable you to help with unblocking writers block when you’re looking for the perfect blog post to write.
This is a process that a lot of writers use to warmup and begin to generate ideas. The guidelines are write write write for 5-15 minutes about anything that comes to your head. Write write write. Don’t think about spelling, grammer, sentences, just write. If you get stuck reread the last 2 words you wrote.
What’s the purpose of free writing? The purpose is to write all the ideas that come to your mind to produce ideas without listening to your inner honcho(voice). The honcho is the one that will stop you and say “that’s a dumb idea” “no one is gonna like that”. Free writing will help you not listen to the your inner honcho. After you’re done, read what you wrote and underline the ideas that go together.
This is a perfect way to turn your thoughts into ideas and ideas into words and words into writings. What does “blog population” mean. Sometimes you may write nonsense but within the nonsense you can find a pool of words that make sense together that you can use later.
Free writing laser targeted
In laser free writing, you have the ability to focus your thoughts on a particular subject as you write. Choose a subject that is the focus of your blog, or your weekly writing series. You can also chose something that you wrote in non-laser free writing. This will give you the ability to generate narrow ideas, more polished, structured and discover a topic.
Brainstorming is another type of idea generation that works by freely writing ideas about a topic. The purpose is to have some ideas to choose from. Write everything about a particular topic including words, phrases, sentences, details.
After brainstorming your ideas, look at what you’ve written, circle any interesting ideas that can be developed upon further. Many bloggers use this technique to narrow down a subject. They brainstorm, get ideas and then brainstorm again to narrow the focus of the writing.
There is a popular method of writing or gathering ideas called clustering or sometimes called mind mapping. If you do a search of mind mapping you will find many tools surrounding this subject in order to gauge your ideas and make them flow.
To begin this method, you simply take an idea or topic normally one word. Add it to the center of the paper. Then allow your mind to make relations/branches to that word. While writing the branches, put lines extending from the main word.
If you look at the blogger space. You will see many people doing interviews online via Skype, Google Hangouts, written and podcasts. The purpose of this is to interview people and ask questions. They get answers to questions by asking and getting answers.
Reporters use this technique often to answer questions and gain insight into what they are seeking which most times is who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
Recently Nathan Barry held a hangout with online veterans such as James Clear, Corrbett Barr and Brennan Dunn. He asked them questions such as how they got started, building their email list, and making relationships with followers.
What do you think the main motivation was for him asking these questions? Do you think he wanted to see if they could speak? Do you think it was to see them smile or maybe to hear their laugh. Not at all, the drive for the questions is to get answers to what he needed. It was an information gathering session to gain more insight into their world of online business. The questions and answers were very good and informative.
So after the hangout, Nathan now has a lot of information at his disposal that if he wanted to, he could write several articles with specific subjects. It could give him various subjects to write about based on the questioning. If he wanted to, he could perhaps publish an ebook which he is good at, and he could definitely provide people with a list of tips to building an online business from today’s experts.
These are many of the ways of getting ideas via questions.I would like to hear of some of the ways you get questions in the comments below.