One of the reasons that so many people struggle with writing content is that it can often require a lot of time and energy – maybe more than they have available. (This is doubly true for those of us with chronic illness or neurological issues – energy is a very finite resource.)
But most people don’t realize that they could cut their writing time by an easy 30%-50% overnight by using writing templates to get past their “stuck points”.
In reality, it’s not writing that takes so long – it’s navigating those stuck points, those places where we stare at the screen thinking “I have no idea what to write right now.” We can spend a lot of minutes in that stuck place.
There are two places where you are going to run into this problem most frequently – in your opening section and your closing section. This is where most people spend the majority of their “stuck time”.
So, let’s solve one of those problems right now. I’m going to give you 5 easy opening templates that you can use for any blog post or piece of content you create.
If you use one of these in every post you write, you’ll save a ton of time starting immediately. (And if you wanted to, you could even redirect that extra time towards other revenue-generating activities instead!)
So, let’s get this train moving, kittens. Here are 5 easy ways to open a blog post.
If coming up with content ideas is sometimes hard for you, there’s an easier way to generate ideas that are a breeze for you to write – and that your audience will actively love to read (and share).
I call it inspired content, and it’s pretty much my primary way of writing content right now. Once I made the transition to this style of content creation, both writing – and the work I do – got a whole lot easier.
So today I’ll walk you through the process, and you can start using it right away to generate content for your own blog, podcast, video channel – the sky’s the limit.
(ALSO: if you own Product in a Weekend, you can even extend this model to create desirable, useful digital products as frequently as you’d like.)
So – let’s dive in!
Recently I had 2 clients who I write content for run into an issue – the pieces they wanted me to write about were a bit of a jumble.
As they described what they wanted in each piece, it kind of went here and there and everywhere, and it was hard to pin down the outlines for the posts.
Maybe you’ve felt that way before – you start drafting a piece, and it kind of goes all over the place, and you’re stuck and can’t make sense of it all. It happens.
But what do we do when that happens? I’ll tell you.
I have a process for streamlining content creation that results in fast outlines and quickly written, high-quality content. This is the process I use to fix jumbly posts that are difficult to nail down.
If you’ve struggled with writing content – whether it’s for your blog, YouTube channel or podcast, you can use this to make that problem go away in about 10 minutes.
I call it the Simplified Content Model, and it goes something like this.
Recently I was reading through a content plan from IttyBiz customer Kristen Burgess (of Natural Birth And Baby Care), and her content ideas were so well-developed and compelling I thought they’d function well as a teaching example.
So today, I’m going to walk through 7 of Kristen’s content ideas and tell you how you can adapt them to choose topics that will make people curious, interested, and ready to click on your content.
Ready? Let’s roll.
Sometimes you want to write a blog post, but you’re feeling completely stuck on ideas for… well, anything.
It can be a confusing place to be, because you’re a smart person. You know your stuff – so why can’t you think of anything to write?
The reasons for your stuckness don’t really matter – because the solution is the same:
Use something external to stimulate the creative part of your brain so you can get writing again. Once you have a new idea, you’ll be ready to roll.
But where do you find these sources of inspiration to jump-start your brain?
Here are 10 answers that can get your blog moving forward, full speed ahead.