What Do You Do When Writing Seems Painful?

This next freelance writer concern really caught my interest. Here’s what this writer said:

“Honestly, at the moment, writing gives me pain that I can’t sleep immediately because my brain just can’t stop working when I’m supposed to sleep and I can’t think when I’m supposed to write…and I always have that essay tone when I write.”

So here’s what I suggested.

Hey – Please don’t take this the wrong way but I consider that a good thing. For me it means you have a lot of ideas you can use for writing!

When this happens to me, I don’t push myself to sleep. Instead I write down all the ideas flowing in my mind about anything that I’m supposed to write or feel writing about.

I often use my phone’s notes app for that. And whether I use it or not, I already vomited the thoughts out and somehow, it calms my mind. Plus, I get to remember the ideas I had when I need to because they’re already written down.

Regarding this:

“…I can’t think when I’m supposed to write…and I always have that essay tone when I write”

Probably my suggestions above would help collect your thoughts. But here’s another one.

Just a few weeks ago, I had an AHA moment from the email of my friend Celine of Pinoy500.com. She complimented my emails and I thought, why haven’t I been using that technique in a long time? I did it before so why have I forgotten about it?

That technique is to write like you’re writing a letter to a loved one or friend.

So when you write anything, think of a question your friend would probably have about the topic you’re covering. Open your “compose” or response template in your email and write like you’re just answering that friend’s question.

More often the words will flow easily.

And when you want your friend to benefit from your message, you’ll insert your research and other facts you know in that letter, right?

Try it. It won’t hurt if you do.

For these past weeks, I hope I’ve helped you make those writing muscles more powerful. As William Zinsser said, “The intangibles that produce good writing – confidence, enjoyment, intention, integrity…”, these are what will help you thrive as a freelance writer.


This post first appeared on my previous email newsletter “Web Writer’s Nook” via Aweber.