Even if you love writing, there may be days when you are feeling a bit under the weather and cannot face logging on to your computer. When you find yourself feeling like this and you are up against a writing deadline, wouldn’t it be lovely if you had something prepared that you could just tidy up and post quickly rather than start from scratch?
Being unwell today with a tension headache, it has been a test for me on how well I have been doing with ‘preparing blogs in advance’ (I couldn’t stand the thought of missing a day of My Writing Challenge). As I am getting these headaches more frequently, I’m finding it easier to have blog posts prepared in some shape or form. Fortunately I prepared this one last week (very apt title don’t you think?) so I only had to add a few paragraphs and edit it.
If you are like me and have filled notebooks and half-typed ideas all over the place, you could use this to your benefit on the days when you are unwell or just not inspired. Here are a few tips that I have found handy:
- Place notebooks in places where you usually find yourself in the mood for writing: handbag, briefcase, bedside table, kitchen cupboard, car, desk drawer or even a small one in your dressing gown pocket (just thought of that!).
- Use the notes function in your smartphone (or similar) to type snippets that you think of.
- Use the voice memo on your smartphone (or similar) to record ideas or messages to yourself.
- Reserve a few pages in the back of your diary or planner for ideas.
- Whenever you think of an idea write it down (or type it) straight away – you could use these as potential titles or prompts.
- Head up a page with a great title and leave a few pages blank for thoughts at a later date. Put another title a few pages on, and so on… When you get a spare few minutes each day, look at each title – is there anything that can be added to it today?
- If you don’t like having notes everywhere, dedicate an hour per week to consolidate all these ideas into one master document.
- Cut out newspaper or magazine articles that attract your attention and keep them in a folder (or similar). Organise by topic if necessary (I need to get better at this).
- Copy URLs for cool blogs or websites that you found interesting but didn’t have time to read properly. Paste them into a word document titled ‘ideas’ and revisit this when you need to be inspired.
- If any of the above are starting to take the shape of a blog or article, copy it into the appropriate software as a draft.
In no time at all you could have a constant stream of blogs and articles in progress.
- Note 196 – Writing (or thinking about writing) whilst you are cooking! (mywritingnotebook.wordpress.com)
- Note 257 – Little Writing Steps v Writing Burnout (mywritingnotebook.com)
- Note 210 – You can’t put a price on a writer’s notebook (mywritingnotebook.wordpress.com)
- Note 175 – Is it okay to not feel like writing some days? (mywritingnotebook.wordpress.com)
Image attribute: Jeffrey James Pacres – Flickr