girl writing in a bookSometimes you just feel like writing; but you can’t because of pressure of works and lack of time and chances. Your writer’s mind sometimes becomes strong and influences you to write about something, but you don’t write either because you don’t have a computer nearby or the abovementioned reason applies to you.

On the other hand, sometimes you sit in front of a computer and begin writing something. But you just don’t have anything to write about. It’s not a good idea to force your brain to do something. For example, if you don’t feel good, you can’t study because your brain will not take anything into your memory at that specific time. Writing is no different. When your brain is not on mood, you should not force it by trying to write something. You should just relax.

When do I write?

The fact is, if you force your brain to write something when you don’t feel comfortable to, you would end up with writing a piece that is not good enough. If you judge that piece of writing at a later time, you will realize that you could actually write way better than that.

In the same way, if you utilize the time when you feel like writing (that’s when the writer’s mind inside of you wakes up), you will amaze at what you write because without any doubt that piece will be better than how good you actually can write. Trust me, this happens. I can say this because this happened a lot of times to me.

The best thing to do is write whenever you feel comfortable. You should start writing down your thoughts, story, novel, or whatever you’re up to as soon as you feel comfortable with writing. You should go with ancient style of writing — yes, I mean pen and paper. If you’re too lazy like me to do so, then you should at least take a notepad and write down the main points of the idea that floats on your mind. As a result, when you are in front of a computer or your beloved MacBook, you can easily write following the points wrote down earlier.

Does Environment impact?

girl on a laptop
Fresh mind and fresh air keep your writing fresh.

I do believe, I mean, strongly believe that environment has a huge impact on your writing. I have seen a lot of established writers wrote that they need a calm, quiet and natural place to write better. Some writers move to a close-to-the-nature place so that they can write even better.

Let alone other writers, I myself feel the difference. Although I’m not a writer yet, I do have a passion of writing and I do write a lot. When I get closer to the nature, be it a village, bank of a river, or in a rainy evening at my very own home where every little raindrop is heard because of it being tin-shed house, I feel the temptation to write it down. I face a problem with the language I like to write in,* but that’s just me. If you have a passion of writing, just get closer to a superb natural scene that is calm and quiet, you will definitely feel the temptation to write down something besides being sleepy. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

One more thing, when writing at such an environment, be sure to write freehand. Don’t even think about your grammar or spelling mistakes. You have lots of time ahead to check them out. If you force your brain to both write and edit, you’ll mess up and write less good.

* My native language is not English, it’s Bangla. But I don’t practice writing in Bangla that much because I want to be fluent in writing in English language. When writing, sometimes I get stuck by lack of knowledge in English. The best thing I do is, never stop!

Do you publish instantly?

Unless you’re writing a novel or a story, you have a chance to publish your writing as soon as it’s done. If you’re writing a post on some blog, what is the time that you publish your post on? Is it immediately after completing the post? That’s a bad practice.

These days, a lot of writers are growing up with the mercy of blogs. (Thanks to WordPress; I believe both WordPress tool and WordPress.com has the major contribution to spreading blogging and making it easier and fun.) We term those writers as bloggers because they just write on blogs; not printed books. However, bloggers are sort of writers as well. So, if you’re a blogger like me who likes to write down lots of stuffs and share them online with the world, you should be a little more careful about the time you publish.

I don’t mean the time that clock tells us about. You don’t have to worry about whether your friends are family have woke up yet or they are off to work. I’m talking about the time that you take before you publish your post when it is complete. Make sure you that you take longer time to revise it than you took to write it. When revising, you will definitely find out some common spelling or grammatical mistakes. The best thing you can do is publish it by the following day. Publishing takes less than a minute, and it doesn’t require your brain work. So, if you revise it after 24 hours, you will be able to make it better because odd mistakes are noticed at a later time; not exactly when you write. Therefore, you should revise your post at a later time and publish it at your convenient time.

So, what did you write sitting close to the nature?

If you’re reading this, most probably you already have a blog and that’s what made you expand this post. Have you already written any post on your blog sitting close to the nature on a calm, quiet and beautiful place? What was it all about? Are you going close to the nature to write one following my advice (thanks πŸ˜‰ )?

Whether you’ve already written one or going to write one, don’t just forget to share the link of your post whenever published. I’m waiting to see how better you write sitting close to the nature. At the same time, if you have more advice to add, don’t hesitate. The comment form was built for you. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

15 thoughts

  1. Hi. If you take the time to read manuals on Creative Writing you will discover that most authors say the exact opposite of what you just wrote on this post. Unless you are referring to writing as a casual and unprofessional hobby and not as a serious task.

    To be a good writer authors often say they should and have to write even when they don’t feel like. That is because the brain is like a muscle, you have to exercise it regularly, whether you feel like going to the “gym” (AKA: computer) on that day or not.

    Like professional writers often say, writing is not the easy business as many believe. As any other job you have to go and work on it on a daily basis or you will never get better and “get promoted” πŸ˜‰

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    1. Well, first of all, let me clear that I probably forgot to mention that I wasn’t advising professional writers. In case you don’t know, I own a blog called Life with Technology where I write about how to blog better and make money out of it at the same time creating a community around it. If you do some research about this niche, (well, blogging is a sort of writing you know) you will find out that major bloggers (who earn as much as $40,000 a month out of blogging) suggest not to write a post when not feeling comfortable.

      I guess you understand who are my target audience for this post. Of course, I should have mentioned in the post that if anyone wants to become a professional writer, he should do the opposite of what I wrote in this post.

      Hopefully, now the confusions are over. πŸ™‚

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      1. Hi,

        I just checked that site you pointed out. Here’s what you wrote:

        “It doesn’t matter what it is that you’re writing. It maybe a story, a novel, a poem, a pillar article or just barely a regular post for your blog.”

        Your text is still confusing even there… because you mention writing a *story* and a *novel* up there…

        You are right when you say maybe you should be more careful in specifying exactly to what market and types of writers you are talking too and go one and correct your blog and your other site because it’s misleading as you seem to be talking about writing in general.

        Yes write when you feel like it… one time a month if you want… if you are talking about blogs! Blogs were created for people to have fun. But blogs are a very specific market, several rules change.

        You have to be more specific on your next post, if you claim to be talking about what you know.

        I’m clearly not your audience because if I’d wrote only when I felt like it I would only have my novel finished in 10 years instead of one.

        Your posts are getting into a market that’s clearly not my area of interest, or you mix everything together in one post and that’s not doing much good to me, because it’s very confusing.

        Either way I’ll let you do your thing and wish you good luck for the future.

        Bye. Take care.

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        1. I mentioned ‘story’ and ‘novel’ targeting those who want to write it for their blogs. You know that blog is intended for bloggers; not professional or wanna-be professional writers. So, from my point of view, a blogger needs to take a comfortable zone and feel comfortable when writing regardless of what it is. And if you have noticed, my blog is focused specifically for newbies. So, to write better, in the first days they need to write when feeling comfortable. Once those bloggers get used to it, they will naturally be able to write whenever they want.

          Hope everything is fine now. πŸ™‚

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  2. Copyblogger had a couple of good articles recently about how to beat writer’s block:
    10 Tricks For Getting Inspired to Write
    and
    10 New Ideas for Getting Inspired to Write

    I think more important than whether one “feels” like writing or not (which is what your other commenters focus on) is your point that writers should not hit “Publish” right away. It’s good to take some time away from whatever we are writing and then come back to it with fresh eyes.

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    1. Thanks for being here. As I have a self-hosted blog related to this topic, I’m a regular reader of CopyBlogger and I’ve already read the posts you mentioned. But thanks anyway.

      I agree that most bloggers –even I myself do this every time– publish as soon as writing is done. Putting it off for later revising is a great idea to make the content more compelling and appealing.

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  3. I do all of the MISTAKES you have mentioned above. 😦

    1. I write directly on PC instead of traditional Pen & Paper.
    2. I pressurize myself to write something at anytime rather thinking whether I am comfortable with it or not.
    3. I can’t wait a second after writing a post…..I just make a post… proof it, correct the mistakes….and publish it. 😦
    4. Nope; i don’t have any experience to write something being closed to nature…….i write alltime on my confined room; in front of PC. ….seems like robotic. eh?

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    1. Don’t be afraid. Probably you’re on the right direction.

      1. Lots of people write directly on their computers instead of traditional style. I told to write using pen and paper when you are feeling comfortable but have no access to computer.

      2. Pressurizing may produce poor quality post “at this moment” but in future, who knows this might be helpful and make you more fluent. πŸ™‚

      3. That’s bad. You really should wait at least 24 hours for proofreading it with a fresh mind unless you’re writing a breaking news.

      4. It’s ok to be robotic because your subject is robotic as well. πŸ˜€ As you already know, I blog on a variety of topics and I want to blog about more stuffs as my English improves. That’s when I need to be close to the nature.

      So you know, you’re not doing very mistakes. πŸ™‚

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  4. A friend shared this with me:
    THE ONLY 12 1/2 WRITING RULES YOU’LL EVER NEED

    1. If you write everyday, you get better at writing everyday
    2. If it’s boring to you, it’s boring to your reader
    3. Get a writing routine, and stick with it.
    4. Poetry does NOT have to rhyme
    5. Resist stereotypes, in real life and in your writing
    6. Writers read. Writers read a lot. Writers read all the time.
    7. Make lists of your favorite words and books and places and things
    8. There doesn’t always have to be a moral to the story.
    9. Always bring your notebook. Always bring a spare pen.
    10. Go for walks. Dance. Pull weeds. Do the dishes. Write about it.
    11. Don’t settle on just one style. Try something new!
    12. Learn to tell both sides of the story.
    12 1/2. Stop looking at this note. WRITE SOMETHING!

    http://crazy-octopus.livejournal.com/29051.html

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  5. I always publish immediately, and know damn well I shouldn’t πŸ™‚ I’ll argue that revising and polishing a post before publication takes some of the spontenaeity away from it…

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    it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer,
    it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
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