Copywriting Challenge: Write for 15 Minutes a Day
You stare at the screen, fingers poised over the keyboard. That brilliant writing idea you had last night over a glass of merlot doesn’t seem so brilliant in the light of day.
You answered your email. You made some calls. You procrastinated as much as you possibly can.
And now, it’s just you and the computer and the pressure.
It’s not like you don’t like to write. You like to write. Hell, some days you love to write. If the writing Muse just visited a tad more frequently…
Think of it this way: getting in the writing habit – whether that means blogging or creating your latest SEO copywriting masterpiece- is like getting in the exercise habit.
Starting fresh is hard work. You sweat and strain and hate every moment of it.
Then one day, it all clicks.
You realize that you start feeling “off” if you don’t take that lunchtime Pilates class (or write your latest blog post.) And without knowing it, you’ve suddenly replaced your old habit (being a literary couch potato) to one that’s much more productive.
So, here’s your SEO copywriting challenge: Write for 15 minutes before you do anything else tomorrow and keep that habit going every business day for a solid month.
Don’t check email first (checking email and the anxiety it provokes can be the biggest writer’s-block cause of all). Don’t stress about the “perfect” topic.
Just write. It’s OK if all you write is “this is stupid” over and over. It’s OK to create a grocery list if nothing else comes to mind.
Set a timer and tell yourself you can stop the second the timer buzzes. Don’t worry about form or tone or structure.
You’ll notice three things:
- Like exercise, your 15-minute writing assignment will seem torturous some days. You will be staring at the clock waiting for the pain to end. But just like exercise, the writing process will gradually start feeling better and better.
- Some of your writing will be absolute drivel. Be OK with that. Just know that within that drivel, you’ll discover gems of absolute copywriting brilliance Learn to appreciate the brilliance when you see it and be gentle with yourself other times.
- Amazingly enough, some days you will write longer than 15 minutes. Your fingers will fly over the keyboard while you experience the writer’s high. Enjoy it. The more you write, the better your writing days will be – and you’ll be writing faster (and better) than ever before.
Are you ready to take this copywriting challenge? How do YOU get yourself into the writing flow? Leave your comment below!
What a great challenge! Everything you said resonates with me–the procrastination, the sweaty palms,etc.–except that I don’t like to write. That said, I do love the results: clearer thinking and publishable articles that help drive business. Shameless plug: I’m ranked high on search engines for #2 for marketing consulting firm and relatively high for business to business marketing and health care marketing.Years ago, I read the Artists’ Way by Julia Cameron who, like you, advocates starting every day with three handwritten pages. I’ve not yet achieved every day–maybe that’s why I still don’t like writing. Although I do love exercising so maybe there’s hope. I appreciate your encouragement that some day, it will become easier and faster! Let’s hope that’s sooner rather than later!
It’s funny I read this just after reading an article on one of the ways to get the search engines to visit a site more often is to constantly update. This is a great exercise for any copywriter. But for someone with a website it could have another purpose. Even if 3/4 of the writing exercise results in drivel, it could still provide some good material for your web site. I know from my own perspective I neglect my own site. This could help avoid that all the while honing your writing skills.