Tips for Defeating Your Fear of Writing

Here are some useful tips for defeating your fear of writing. Step one, write down your goal! What exactly does success look like for you? Use your imagination, and make it crystal clear. Be specific. Creating this goal, whatever it is you have in mind, can serve two different reasons. First of all, when you set your mind to the goal, it can encourage you to stop thinking and just write. The second reason? Creating a goal can give you a way to see if your writing is actually as effective as you’d like it to be. If writing increases the possibility of success, then the answer is clear. Of course, it’s effective! A psychological measuring rod is important when your emotions are starting to get control of your work ethic.

Try to create a thought out plan for your content. Use your favorite planning application and get to work. This could be excel, powerpoint, some brain-storming application, a pencil and a piece of paper — it could be anything. I’d advise starting with top-tier ideas. Don’t limit yourself; it isn’t necessary. For example, if you’re writing a sales page, you should describe the benefits with little to no difficulty.

Plan out what content you’ll need to support your top-tier ideas. Content is imperative. For example, on your sales-page, each benefit would have its own specific and unique entry. Be as detailed as possible. Write down everything that comes to mind. After you complete this step, re-read everything you jotted down and carefully evaluate the content that you described. Take out anything unnecessary. Continue to swap around and remove all of your entries until you’re left with the just the critical information.

Now, divide all of your fantastic, awe-inspiring ideas into different categories and sections. Introduce all of your sections with good headliners and make sure they are sorted in the correct order.

Editing. You can’t forget to edit! Editing is one of the most crucial aspects to any sort of writing endeavor. Editing is not something that can be avoided, or put off. After you’ve finished writing everything, the absolutely terrifying post-writing mindset begins to settle into place. Revising, smoothing, detailing, grammar-checking, and so on, are all great tools to speed up this process. However, be careful, because there is something deadly that you should avoid at all costs. This is the trap of perfectionism. Be sure that you don’t try to edit and write at the same time. Doing this ‘multitasking’ is totally counter-productive, and over-all, a waste of your precious time.

Focus on removing excess words and sentences while you’re editing. Many people forget that they type way more than what is necessary. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t describe a relevant story that you happen to find interesting or use some fun adverb or adjective that you like; it just means avoid excessive ‘fluff.’ Believe me; no one wants to read it.

However, make sure that you set a limit on how much you edit. You don’t want to be left with just the skeleton of what was once a strong, convincing body of language and words. Don’t go to the extreme. You don’t want to take out too much — especially if you’re just too nitpicky. For very critical documents, you might go as far as maybe twelve revisions, but nothing more than that. That’s already nearing the extreme.