As a freelance journalist and writer the dreaded blank ‘Word’ document is a sight that greets me every day. Although writing an article for publication via one of the many media outlets lends itself to a different method to writing fiction, writer’s block still hangs over some of us like the proverbial ‘black dog’. The only difference is that if an article or an interview has been commissioned there is, at least, a brief of some sort in place that can trigger the writing process. There will also usually be a deadline that has been set, something that for those of us who write up- to-the-wire is a helpful friend.
Waiting for inspiration to strike can be tortuous. The best tip and the one that works for me is to start writing… anything! Novelist Margaret Atwood summed the procedure up perfectly: “It I waited for perfection I would never write a word.” This technique of ‘write, write, write’ applies to any of the disciplines, whether penning your first masterpiece or composing copy for a blog post. [Read more…]