Dec
11
2011

Avoid Writer’s Block and Write Better Content – The Power of Lists

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Writing quality content for your website or blog isn’t always easy. Especially when you find yourself with a case of writer’s block… We’ve all been there. You have what seems like an endless supply of topics to write about, but when you sit down to actually write your mind goes blank and you don’t know where to start. This is something that happens to all bloggers and webmasters. But it doesn’t have to happen to you anymore! In this article I’m going to show you how keeping a simple list of ideas will help you avoid writer’s block and write amazing, high quality content for your website.

Why You Should Be Keeping A List

By keeping a list of article ideas and topics you’ll have a place to start every time you sit down to write. That may sound like a minor thing, but I can’t emphasize enough just how critical this piece of the puzzle is. Once you hit that first key your mind starts to enter writing mode, and before you know it the words are flowing out easily. On the other hand, if you don’t know where to start it’s easy to just sit there staring at your blank screen. I’ve been there many times and it’s not fun (or productive). Even if you’re someone who generally knows exactly where to start your articles, it’s still nice knowing you have a list of ideas to turn to if you ever need to.

Another HUGE benefit of keeping a list is you’ll end up with better quality content. That’s because you can jot down ideas any time you think of them, including when your mind is in a brainstorming or creative mode. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ll be the first to admit I’m usually not at my peak of creativity when I’m sitting in front of my computer. For me, I tend to think of my best ideas while I’m doing something like talking with friends over coffee or running outside along trails (being in nature, whether its hiking up mountains, swimming in lakes, or just walking through the woods, always works for me). When these moments of creativity strike I always try to write my ideas down as soon as I get the chance so I won’t forget. If you’re not keeping a list you run the chance you might simply forget and you’ll never end up writing what could have been some of your best content!

How to Keep an Idea List

Once you decide to keep a list the next step is actually doing it. There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this. You just need to figure out what works best for you. The most important part of keeping a list is having it available when you want to add something to it.

A simple way to keep your list is the time tested, good old pen and paper. Bring a small notebook and pen with you so you’ll always have a place to write down your ideas. While this method works for some people, I found it hard to always remember my notebook. Not to mention the times when I didn’t really have a place to keep it. So, I turned to technology for a solution I’m still using today.

The way I keep my lists is in simple text files. For each website I write for, I have a specific text file with a list of ideas for that site. I keep these files in my Dropbox folder, so my lists are automatically synced up between all of my computers as well as my smart phone. I usually have my phone with me, so my lists are always available when I think of an idea to add to them. By doing this, I never have to worry about losing my lists either since the files are backed up automatically as soon as I save them. If you don’t use Dropbox and don’t feel like opening a free account with them (they currently offer free accounts with 2 Gb of storage), another alternative is to use Evernote. Evernote is a great tool for keeping lists and notes you don’t want to lose. Their service is also free and they have some slick mobile apps so its easy to access anywhere you are.

Summary of Keeping Idea Lists

Hopefully you can now see the power of keeping idea lists. It’s easy to keep a list using a traditional notebook, or with technology to have it available anywhere. Once you find a way of keeping a list that works from you, you’ll probably wonder why you didn’t start doing it sooner. And with a list of your best ideas close by you’ll be pumping out great content and you’ll never have to worry about writer’s block again!

About the Author: Dana Duncan

Hi, my name is Dana, and I've been building websites for over 12 years. It's a topic I'm passionate about and enjoy teaching. Here at All Webmaster.com I teach people how to create and run websites, and show businesses how to build or improve their web presence.

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