You want to start blogging in English?
Even though you’re bad at writing?
Then writing blog posts is damn hard, isn’t it?
Most of the time, writing is overwhelming. Especially if you want to be writing in English.
In fact, to me, content creation feels like pulling teeth.
However, I keep at it. Why? Because my desire to blog is greater than my resistance to writing.
Initially, when I fired up my blog, I hit a writing wall. Every time I chose an article idea to craft my first blog post, I got stuck.
Except for a few feeble, unfinished writing attempts and poorly rewritten articles, I didn’t produce anything of value.
I felt like a total writing-imbecile.
To publish any articles at all, I had to work on each individual problem that kept me from blogging.
Content Creation Problems
I had to admit to myself:
- Writing is overwhelming – You’ve never learned to write well
- You’re a non-native English speaker, and blogging in English is hard
- Writing resistance keeps you at bay.
So, I began to work on each one single of these problems following specific strategies. While I’ve got to confess, my writing is still far from thrilling, I got better over time, and I’ve started publishing dozens of articles on already.
If you’re facing the same barriers that threaten to murder your desire to blog, keep on reading. I’ll tackle each individual problem and give you solutions to overcome these problems.
Let’s dive in right now. . .
PROBLEM: Writing is Overwhelming – You’ve Never Learned How to Write Well.
Maybe you cut classes. Maybe you never learned writing essays in school, or maybe you’ve just never been good at it. Perhaps writing, at that time, simply bored you to tears.
Now, after all, crafting paragraphs, let alone articles, feels awkward, sluggish, and strenuous. Finding a way to open an article, structuring the whole thing and bringing it to a close, makes your head spin.
In a nutshell: You just haven’t got enough practice in formulating your thoughts and ideas in written form. Now that you’re not in school anymore, no one is teaching you how to get better at writing.
The truth is, you only get better at writing through writing.
But, if you’re at a loss of how to get started, you can use a couple of strategies.
SOLUTION: Copywork – Emulate the Masters, Learn From Your Idols
Famous painters learned their art by copying works from master painters. By the same token, legendary authors like Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson copied the writings of their favorite authors. By mimicking great writers (or bloggers), we improve our active vocabulary, style, and grammar.
- Choose a blogger you admire and pick one of his/her articles that inspires you.
- Copy that article word for word. But, don’t just copy mindlessly. Slow down and pay attention to how the author put his article together.
Once you’re done, return to the top and investigate the headline. Can you rewrite it, keeping its structure, using a different subject? Try a few alternations in your own words.
- Proceed to the opening paragraph. Again, look it over, and while simulating its style and structure, write your own introductory paragraph. Play with a few variations.
- Go through the next paragraphs applying the principles explained above.
You might insist, this is tedious and time-consuming. And I agree with you. Still, if you can muster sufficient patience, you’ll soon be able to write your own articles based on the structure, style, grammar, and vocabulary of the content you’ve copied and toyed with.
SOLUTION: Educate Yourself on Writing
It’s no secret. Like most skills, you can learn to compose blog posts by reading blogs, books, or watching video courses about it.
Do you want to breathe life into your blog? Maybe even make some money with it? Learn from pros who make a killing with their keyboards.
In the list below, you’ll find a collection of blog posts that helped me get off the ground.
Free Blogging / Writing Resources
- Stuck at the start? Try one of these Top 10 article openers
- 10 Brilliant Examples of How to Open Your Blog Post With a Bang
- Grip Your Readers With These 7 Knock-out Opening Sentences
- How to Write Spellbinding Introductions by Shamelessly Copying the Pros
- Writing Schedule & Outlining Your Writing – A Simple Plan for Writing One Powerful Piece of Online Content per Week
- How To Keep a Blog Post Outline From Going Off the Rails
Full blog post guide
- 7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful
- How I Consistently Write Over 1,000 High-Quality Words in Less Than 60 Minutes
- How to Write So Vividly that Readers Fall in Love with Your Ideas
- The Wild and Crazy Guide to Writing Sentences
The next list I want to share with your covers books on blogging and writing
Books on writing & blogging
- The Elements of Style – William Strunk
- One Hour Content Plan: The Solopreneur’s Guide to a Year’s Worth of Blog Post Ideas in 60 Minutes and Creating Content That Hooks and Sells – Meera Kothand
- How to Write Great Blog Posts That Engage Readers – Steve Scott
- How to Find a Profitable Blog Topic Idea – Steve Scott
- ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income – Wiley
- On Writing Well – William Zinsser
Courses to improve your writing
- Complete Web Content Writing Masterclass+Power Words eBook
- How to Write Great Web Content – Better Search Rankings!
SOLUTION: Read, Write, Read, Write, …
All prominent bloggers claim they read at least a book a week and write a minimum of 1,000 words every single day. Coming up with content ideas and honing the skill of expressing yourself efficiently in the written form has its price.
If you want to be a better writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.Stephen King
- Start your “reading 52 books in a year” challenge. You can kindle your reading efforts by heading over to Goodreads.com, creating your personal reading challenge. It’s free, you can chat with an engaging community while tracking your progress.
- Start your “writing 1,000 words a day” challenge. Next, you want to keep track of your daily writing output. The perfect-distraction free writing tool that lets you set and track a daily word challenge, then check out FocusWriter here. It’s free and lightweight.
PROBLEM: Your English Sucks
So, maybe English is not your first language, your vocabulary is small, and your grammar sucks?
Okay, what can you do about it? How can you improve your English quickly so that you can start blogging soon?
SOLUTION: Improve your English Grammar, Vocabulary, and Style
If you want to improve English quickly, you’ve got to expose your brain to the English language as much as possible.
Here’s how you get better at writing in English quickly:
- Turn into a bookworm. While you read books in English, you pick up new words, and you soak up rules of grammar subconsciously. Make an effort to read at least two books a month.
- Keep lists of new words. Whenever you come across a new word, write it down.
- Use the flashcard tool Anki (for PC & your phone). If you want to make decent progress, add at least 3 new words per day to your vocabulary.
- Listen to Podcasts in English and only watch movies in English.
- Do copywork as I’ve described above.
SOLUTION: Get Your Blog Posts Edited by a Native Speaker
Okay, you insist on writing in English, but you don’t feel confident about it (yet)?
Hire an editor. Each time you write a blog post, send it to your editor and get it back fully corrected and commented. With each time you will get better at it until you’re finally able to write your posts without an editor.
PROBLEM: You Can’t Overcome Your Writing Resistance
The biggest problem I face with writing is the discomfort it gives me. Maybe you feel the same. You know you should do some writing, however thinking about it chills you to the bones.
Creative resistance is a tyrant. If you allow it to bully you around, it’ll keep you from making progress.
But how can you overcome your resistance to content creation?
SOLUTION: Embrace the Discomfort
I dare to say, writing gets easier over time and discomfort gradually fades. Or, you rather get to ignore resistance’s attempts to dissuade you from fulfilling your mission.
The sooner you sit down to take action, the easier it gets. Sit down, prepared or not, and write your first draft in a reckless burst.
Listen: Writing does get easier. However, starting to write does not. Therefore, if you’ve got a job of writing to do, just sit down and start. Don’t wait to get organized. Don’t wait for ideas or inspiration. Don’t wait until ‘you feel like it.’ (I never do.)Marketing legend: Gary Halbert
If you need some serious motivational butt-kicking, check out the books below…
Books to slay your resistance daemons
- You should be writing
- 7 Hacks I Use Against Myself to Write 1,000 Words Each Day
- 7 Butt-Kicking Books to Beat Procrastination
The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it. He knows that when the Muse sees his butt in the chair, she will deliver.Steven Pressfield
SOLUTION: The “Tortoise Approach” to Writing Ane 1,000-Word Article a Month
Are you intimidated by the prospect of writing a full-blown article with more than 1,000 words?
Thomas Mann said that a writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. The best writers write much more slowly than everyone else, and the better they are, the slower they write. James Joyce wrote Ulysses, the greatest novel of the 20th century, at the rate of about a hundred words a day.William Deresiewicz
You might think, a full-blown post might be too much to handle in the beginning. But let me ask you:
Can you write one single, short, intelligible sentence per day? Sure, you can!
Now that you’ve figured out, writing a sentence daily is easy, let’s take the next step.
Can you write three coherent sentences a day? Or, in other words: Can you write 33 words –on a single subject– a day? Harder already, but still possible, isn’t it?
This changes everything, because. . .
If you can write 33 a day, you can create a thousand-word article every month!
Someone asked a novelist, who had written over seventy novels, how he was able to write so consistently and remains inspired and motivated. He replied, ‘Two hundred crappy words per day, that’s it.
Start out by committing to 33 words (at least) a day. Keep adding content to one article until you’re finished. Within one month you should be done with your first 1K-words article.
To most people, blogging in English never gets easy. Nonetheless, we can take certain steps to make content creation easier.
If you desire to fill your blog with content is strong enough, start to work on your writing problems right now.
With writing, of COURSE, your early efforts are gonna gag. But, if you apply yourself, your next effort will be better, even if only by a bit. And your next one after that will be just that small bit better again, and so on.John Carlton
Tell Me About Yourself
What are you struggling with to get your blog off the ground? Let me know in the comments section below.