7 Writing Techniques I discovered in my Writing Journey
While on my way to this new Journey, I started to sense how my writing was uncovering its mysterious stages and discovering best writing techniques.
I did not have any mentor to tell me the secrets of Writing like a pro, but as I soaked all into it, I started to find the gold nuggets of Writing.
With every next layer, I was being unfolded into something new and intriguing.
Something that was appearing like a discovery.
Something that helped me understand how I was supposed to carve this endeavor more beautifully.
I figured out that the more I wrote, the more I could understand what writing was.
From a newcomer, I slowly turned into an amateur Writer.
Something that I had never practiced even as a hobby in my life was slowly turning into my Passion.
Taking one article after another, I got a chance to experience the flavors of writing and its concomitant constraints as well.
Some articles would flow like butter, and some would make me stuck to a point that I would start doubting my Passion.
Every new article would come with its share of experiences.
I found my soul in Writing!
It’s been three years since I started writing along with my full-time job. I hardly could squeeze time to write but whatever I got; I grabbed it like an opportunity.
Had endless chores at home and plenty of errands at my workplace and writing was the last thing I could get time for.
Over these 3 years, I have discovered some key writing techniques that worked for me, and the staggering part is that now when I read top writers talking about the same writing techniques, it almost boggles me.
I feel entranced by the fact that how the process uncovers its gold nuggets itself.
The strange part is the writing techniques that we discover to get through writer’s block are already tried and tested by some of the great names. And that gives them a strong validation.
What I realized is that you don’t force yourself to pursue Passion, your passion calls you and you are set on fire.
All you need is to just observe your life patterns and there will be something that you will find sticking out the most.
It might not be something you are best at but something that would make you feel best.
And that’s where you need to penetrate in.
7 Writing techniques I discovered in my writing Journey.
1. Reading the final Draft loudly like a speech.
To assess how good or bad a job you did with your article, the best way I found is to read it like you are narrating it to an audience.
It was a self-discovery.
Reading my article in a low tone could not give me much clarity so I raised my voice and I found it became not only clear, but the errors popped up more prominently.
When you speak it out loud, anything that appears to interrupt the flow of words will pop up. You can feel when there is some dissonance between two paragraphs or even two sentences.
Even after you have inked it as your final Draft, you will find room for improvement if you haven’t read it aloud.
The logic I could understand behind this technique is that when you speak something loudly, you increase its wavelength. The louder it is, the clearer it gets for you to understand every crest and trough of the signal.
And any minute disturbance in the signal can be sensed by your mind.
2. Let all the trash hit your screen in the first draft.
I cultivated fear in my writing Journey.
I feared that I would not be able to come up with good ideas, hook statements, and intriguing words and this made me procrastinate the whole process.
The doubt of not coming up with some good stuff refrained me from writing even the average one.
With my rigorous efforts to beat the fear, I made another discovery.
I strangled my fear and pushed myself to write and what I found was, that the moment I stopped staring at the blank screen, I got my flow of words back. The doubt was in the head.
All I needed was to write.
No matter how good or bad.
The reality is that good does not come if the average is not allowed to come.
The day you throw the fear of not writing great out of your window, you start writing great!
You do not write Great, you become great at Writing.
3.Walking opens the mind to great ideas.
The first step is not writing, it is to think.
And to find what can make your thinking productive, you have to discover it before you start writing.
Sometimes it can be effortless, and words flow like butter but sometimes the topic that you choose might not get you enough ideas.
I have been there and getting stuck sucks hard.
I had instances when my mind would feel blocked and struggle to write something worth reading.
The best secret that I discovered in my writing journey is that it’s the problems that make our biggest inventions.
It’s when something turned hard, I felt the need to find how I could make it easier.
And the first thing was to find ways to crack writer’s block.
It was one random instance when I failed to get some good ideas while sitting in one place.
I suddenly stood up and started to walk. What I found was that my mind also started walking.
I could sense some stopper falling off my head and my mind receiving ideas from the Universe.
I Don’t know what science it had, but it was really strong.
Stop right away when ideas stop coming.
Instead, start a light walk and see how the mind begins to tickle!
4. Do not plan a time for ideas, keep noting them as and when you get a new one
The more we force our mind to think, the less it thinks.
I have seen everyone telling Write 10 headlines every day.
I do not defy how prolific this habit is.
But I found, sitting specially to write 10 ideas is Harder than writing the ideas as and when they strike you. Even if you come up with 5, they will not be the average ones.
When your mind suddenly strikes an idea, that’s stronger than the one you especially sit down to think.
5. Everything that happens with you and around you is your Content.
Right from the day I got into writing, I started perceiving everything happening around me as my Content.
As I said above, do not especially sit to think about 10 ideas, rather observe things around you from a different wavelength and you will come up with hundreds of ideas.
I’ll give you some examples:
I started to wake up early and do yoga. One morning I saw a beautiful rainbow taking its shape.
I observed it and I had the idea.
Idea: You are missing everything if you are missing out on the mornings.
6. Making subheadings for a post Steal away the unnecessary anxiety to generate ideas.
Whenever I start with a new post, I do not intend to complete it in one go.
I rather have 3 to 4 blog posts running simultaneously, giving some time to each post every day.
The idea is to keep myself away from being stuck in one post.
The strategy that I apply to every post is that I write major topics I want to talk about in the post before going all into the post.
It’s like I have collected the main ingredients, made the recipe and all that I’m left with is cooking the meal which then looks no harder.
When I have written subtopics for every post, I feel relaxed enough to leave the post midway any time.
Returning to the same post does not fill me with anxiety about where to start and what to start with.
Rather I feel the ease of resuming back because the subtopics that I have already mentioned are enough to open my mind and gush out more ideas.
The flow of words is effortless when I know the recipe and the ingredients are ready.
7. Engagement generates more ideas.
There is hardly anything new that is talked about on the internet.
What we read has already been said by others but in a different way. So, it is about rediscovering things to give them a better flavor and picture.
Engagement is said to get traction, but I have something more to its benefit.
When I engage, it triggers new ideas in my mind. The more I engage, the more my mind functions.
You can generate several thoughts and ideas from one idea. This is how you can even build unique content for yourself.
Let me share what I do.
I engage on all the portals I’m actively working on.
Reading the posts on different portals helps me come up with new thoughts.
But I do not leave my thoughts there, I rather save all my unique thoughts in a separate doc file with the name ” Social Media Comments”.
Now these social media Comments are my unique Content.
I use them to design my tweets, posts, carousel and much more.
What I did is, I engaged to let my audience find me and at the same time I recreated new ideas for myself.
So, it turns out to be a win-win strategy.
I hope you find these strategies helpful and leverage your potential to write better.
You will write great only when you dare to not stop Writing average!
I hope this blog helps you in making your writing easier and little more fun.
Let me know in the comments, how much it helped and resonated with you.
And what more you can add to writing techniques.
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