The best advice I’ve ever heard on writing comes from Seth Godin. He once said that the secret to his successful writing habit was to simply write how he talks: “No one ever get’s talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say and sits quietly...until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down. Why then, is writer’s block endemic?”
I have certainly, personally found this to be the case. 7 months ago, I made the commitment to write a blog post every day. I still haven’t missed a day. It’s part of what I do, now. I wake up, write what I would usually rant about in my journal or to my wife then continue with my morning routine. Throughout the day I keep notes and write things down here and there so that I can use them later for my course, book or blog. I have yet to sit down and have nothing to write about. When I got started with writing, I was taught there is no such thing as writer’s block. I think it’s something we learn along the way. So, if you’re struggling with knowing what to write about, talk instead, dictate if you have to. Then write.
“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” - William Faulkner
Write like you talk. Do it every day. Write about what you see happening around you. Or what you want to see. Analyze things. Notice things. Write about what you want to teach. Then teach it. Tell the world how to do something. Challenge the world to think differently.
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” - Louis L’amour