October 5, 2021
Do you always find it hard to compose content?
As a writer who is posting daily articles, struggles in writing are just right around the corner. One moment you have a lot of ideas to write about, the next moment your brain becomes foggy and laggy and running out of ideas to write about, thus, you end up tapping the keyboard the whole day, yet no drafts nor a single phrase on the worksheet. Even professional freelancers and great writers are still having strugglers in unblocking writer's block and collecting the right words to form sensible and informative content or creative writing.
This idea comes to my mind after reading MJ's article about her struggles in writing. She's right when it comes to choosing the right topic to write about, making the introductory part, proofreading, and even editing and attaching the right photos. The first two are the hardest if your brain is not in the right mood. Even if you have a lot of thoughts to express, if your mind is not cooperating in constructing your words to create good content, then you likely lose those thoughts shortly.
The last two are the easiest because a formal article should not be over-designed with different graphics or whatsoever. We don't even need animated photos because we are not making a group presentation here, just a simple photo suitable to the content is fine. Meanwhile, proofreading can be done at any time. Because one proofread isn't enough to find all the bugs and glitches, I mean errors. Even if you have read your article multiple times before posting it, you'll still find some errors the next moment you read it again. And it happened to me many times.
There are many ways to fuel our passion for writing without losing our will to write due to writer's block and other distractions. Sticking to one genre of writing won't help you grow as a writer and you'll likely run out of topics. I'm not a pro when talking about this matter, but this is just based on my experience. Some would say that it is hard to write something that is not in line with their genre. It is somewhat true, at the beginning. But everything can be done through constant reading and writing, exploring other genres of writing, and applying the knowledge and style you have gained through reading.
Different articles here in readcash with different styles would help you do that. But it's useless if you don't read the content and just skip the words and jump into the comment section. Did it hit you? For sure it did. How will you learn if you don't read and absorb what you have read? How will you improve if you don't try new things and different genres? You'll be stagnant in your spot and will continuously struggle in collecting words and writing good content, and you'll end up having literal writer's block.
When it comes to creative writings, I always look for @FarmGirl @Olasquare @Emily @Bloghound @meitanteikudo @Eunoia and @HappyBoy articles as I am learning new words and ideas in their contents. Some would prefer reading plain blogs with plain content as they find it easier to comprehend and would ignore the ones with deep words and phrases. The more complex it is, the more ideas you'll get.
Looking back at my old articles, I could see a huge difference in my writing style as I barely write sensible content back then, and I found it hard to compose long articles as well. What matters most to us before was the number of interactions we get from the readers, the kind of content doesn't really matter much. Some would just comment down without reading the content and we were already earning points from it.
But as days went by and writing became my forte, I started to explore new things and constantly read different articles inside and outside readcash so I could learn new ideas from them. With that, I could say that I somewhat improve my writing skills, I guess, lol. From plain blogs to creative writing and do crypto-related content occasionally. And making personal blogs is always my last resort when my mind becomes exhausted and not working well in generating words and ideas. Plain blogs that I refer to content that doesn't have much emotion at all, or simply just a narrative one about what I have done on a certain day.
Creative writing is my favorite genre of writing as I can simply express my thoughts and let my imagination flow creatively. Unlike journalism, and research papers, even academic essays that you need to gather information to support your argument or content. Some freelancers would find it hard to make creative writing as their jobs only focus on the topics that were given to them by their clients.
You don't need to be great just to make creative writing. You just have to dramatize your stories, the prompts, or the challenge that you want to write. Something that could evoke emotions in the readers. Something that could stimulate the interaction between the writer and the readers.
Dramatize in such a way that you will present your story creatively, or if you have a real-life experience that is relevant to your story, you can apply it as well. Some would find it exaggerating, but only creative minds would find it beautiful to read.
It can be fiction or non-fiction, personal or non-personal. I also find it creative when the writer is using metaphors or foreshadowing in expressing his/her story, or using similes, personifications, hyperbole, etcetera, that makes the story more creative. It also makes the story not boring and is appealing to the readers. You can make your plain blog to dramatic, or poetic, or metaphoric.
Just for example in writing about sunset, instead of saying, "I love watching the sunset as it gives colors to the sky." You can say, "what fascinates me in watching the sunset is, it casts silhouettes of tangerine and painted colors on the fading blue sky that glows beautifully before the darkness falls upon them."
Familiar? Because I got it from my previous article. I also love reading FarmGirl and Bloghound's styles of writing because I am learning new words from them.
And that's the main importance of reading, we are learning from other writers. It is difficult at first, but as you constantly read, absorb, and practice writing, you'll find it easy and fun later.
Of course, applying poetry and metaphors to your writing depends on the theme or topic of your story. If it's just about your vaccination experience, daily experience, or whatsoever, do you need to make it poetic? It can be, but it's up to you.
You can try this out, write a simple story then add the emotion later that would fit the genre, either sad, happy, mysterious, angry, or agony. But be realistic when writing your personal story. You can't express happiness in your story when deep inside you are feeling sad. You can't say you are okay when the truth is you are in pain. If your feeling is contradictory to what you want to convey, the story becomes less emotional.
My point here is, if you want to improve your writing, do not be hesitant to explore new things and try out new styles of writing. Because if you are making the same content every day, it will only bore your readers. I'm not sure though if my audience is getting bored with my content, lol. That's also the reason why I kept switching genres, from this kind of writing, plain blogs, and creative writing, to cryptocurrencies related to BCH. Because sticking to one genre also makes me feel bored and sometimes, it is better to read the content when there is emotion in it and you can connect your real-life situation to it. It makes the content worth reading especially if it stimulates interaction with the readers.
Challenge yourself to try writing the genre you struggle with. And try new things out to improve your writing skills.
By the way, it is easier to check your errors if you'll use Grammarly or Google doc in writing your articles before drafting them here. The result isn't perfect, but at least, it will lessen our bugs and glitches, the errors.
Thanks for reading and happy blogging 🙂