The Best Writing Advice Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 232

Content creation is one of the key essentials to increasing our intellectual property (IP) and credibility while strengthening our thought leadership and global reach. Yet many are stuck in writer’s block mindset and procrastination. During a conversation I had this morning with a client, she shared her quest for advice as to how to best write amazing content.

My Top 10 insights:

  1. Habit – The more you practice your writing habit muscle, the stronger, more flexible and easier it gets. It enables you to overcome procrastination and resistance.
  2. Butt in chair – The physical action of sitting down, eliminating distractions and starting to write is the necessary component to get the momentum going.
  3. Use deadlines – There is no better tool than our calendar to create the needed deadline and digital accountability to hold you accountable and on track.
  4. Best source of ideas – Ask your clients for their challenges and then write and develop great content related to them and provide them your insights to cover these challenges.
  5. Simple language – Use your spoken word style to communicate your message effectively.
  6. Be practical – Nothing is more effective and better received than proven and pragmatic ideas one can implement.
  7. Story telling – Engage them with a story that connects emotionally and proves a point or directly links to your message.
  8. Journal – The process of journaling, reflecting and recording your thoughts will transform your writing abilities.
  9. Thinking time – Take breaks, go for a nature walk and provide yourself the thinking, dreaming and innovating time.
  10. Now and often – Don’t’ wait for next week, or tomorrow or later today. Open your laptop or writing pad and start writing daily. You will amaze yourself and your clients.

Top 5 insights from other famous writers:

  1. “We all possess greatness and feel resistance strongly when we about to dare greatly. Most of us have two lives. The one we live and the one we desire – between them is resistance.” Steven Pressfield
  2. “I see things and I label them.” Seth Godin
  3. “If you ask the wrong question, the answer is irrelevant.” Randy Gage
  4. “I’m always pretending that I’m sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story, and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished.” James Patterson
  5. If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” Stephen King

The best writing advice I can give you is: ”Just Write!”

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