Blogging consistently day in and day out can be a challenge. Having just completed 30 straight days of publishing an article of 300 words or more, let me guide you through my creative process.
I make a point to set aside time every day to brainstorm and to write. The brainstorming session is particularly important because without ideas there is no content. I personally find it easier to focus if I do my brainstorming outside of the house. This brainstorming time doesn’t have to be long, 15 minutes has been about what I spend. What works for me personally is driving to a park or scenic overlook and jotting down ideas in a notebook. There is something about being in an environment with no distractions that helps me think. To expedite this brainstorming session I have set a framework of themes for my writing. By thinking along these predetermined themes, I am able to come up with ideas in a quicker amount of time. Occasionally I make it a point to review my themes and change things around or establish new guidelines. Keeping the brainstorming session structured is important for generation of ideas.
After my idea brainstorming session is my actual writing session. I take an idea and start to write. There are times when I realize that a particular topic won’t make a good article after having written a few lines; most of the time I start writing and don’t stop till I have finished. If I do run into a roadblock and can’t work past a certain point I will stop writing and come back to the article later in the day. This allows my brain to rest and consider what I have written thus far. Most times I am able to come back and finish the article easily.
Once the article is done I do a review and reread what I have written multiple times. Spelling and grammar errors are very easy to miss with only one review. Occasionally I will have someone review what I have written. I also make it a point to try and include at least one picture with everything I write. Having a picture seems to make an article easier to read. There is something subconsciously intimidating about large chunks of uninterrupted text. Everybody likes a picture.
Being consistent and disciplined is important when attempting to write every day. The more consistently you write, the easier it becomes. Writing is similar to physical exercise in this way. Much thanks to Eric Mann of Jumping Duck Media, here and here for giving me the idea to blog for 30 straight days. Have a question for me on this topic? Send an email or leave a comment.
Below is the list of articles I published for each day with a short synopsis.
Day 1: I did not run the Seattle Marathon
I attended the Seattle Marathon to watch some friends and this is a write up of my experiences.
Day 2: Sleeping In Never Saved The Day
I wrote a post where I detailed my belief that waking early is the key to success.
Day 3: Exceptions Are Excuses And Everybody Has One
I take on the saying “there is an exception to every rule”.
Day 4: New Moon
I saw the “Twilight” movie sequel “New Moon”. It was a let down.
Day 5: 8 Miles – A Run Through My Mind
A description of an 8 mile run, mile by mile.
Day 6: 5 Rules For A Visit To The Doctors Office
My dislike of doctors offices spawned a set of rules.
Day 7: The Chronicles Of Richard Rayvis
My attempt at fiction. Chapter 1.
Day 8: I Retired From Golf
I tried Golf and it was not for me. I write about the reasons in this post.
Day 9: The Job Search Is Dead
The traditional job search is outdated. This is why.
Day 10: The Proper Mechanics of the Hood Slide
I write about the art of the hood slide. Watch the video if you don’t know what a hood slide is.
Day 11: The Somme – A Book Review
I reviewed a book that I recently read about World War I.
Day 12: Patience
A description of what patience means to me.
Day 13: 5 Rules for Eating at a Restaurant
Guidelines for a great restaurant experience
Day 14: The Chronicles of Richard Rayvis
Chapter 2 of my fiction writing attempt
Day 15: Physical Memories
What to do with all that junk sitting around your house. (Not your trunk)
Day 16: The Cafe Experience
Some Cafes are disgusting. This is about those cafes.
Day 17: 5 Rules For The Chairlift
How to conduct yourself on the chairlift when Skiing/Snowboarding.
Day 18: No Time All The Time
There just isn’t enough time.
Day 19: There Is Mud On Your PhoneBook – Part 1
A story from my past involving phonebooks and mud.
Day 20: There Is Mud On Your PhoneBook – Part 2
Part 2 of the phonebook story
Day 21: The Chronicles of Richard Rayvis
Chapter 3 of my fiction attempt.
Day 22: Gum and Cigarettes
The similarities between gum and cigarettes are uncanny.
Day 23: 5 Rules For A Job Interview
Job interviews are never fun. Here are some rules for how to conduct yourself.
Day 24: Practicality is not Practical
I dislike the practical option.
Day 25: Oh Joy It’s Christmas Day
My plan for a non boring Christmas.
Day 26: Black Coffee
Why black coffee is best.
Day 27: Talk
On talking and great conversations.
Day 28: The Chronicles of Richard Rayvis
The 4th installment of my attempt at fiction writing.
Day 29: 5 Rules For Your Wedding Day
What to do and not to do on your wedding day.
Day 30: Road Trip
Why road trips aren’t really that great.
Thats 30 days! Tell me what you think.