Struggling to Finish Your Blog Post? Try This Quick Editing Tip

Struggling to Finish Your Blog Post? Try This Quick Editing Tip

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  1. You could combine the above strategy with the Pyramid Principle of Barbara Minto. Take the key point, split it out, then further. Build up a bullet list of points, then turn it into a text. That’s the way I like to do it. Probably a bit engineering style, but it works.

  2. Focus is such a valuable commodity and skill to learn! It’s about so much more than just sitting down and scribbling out something. Taking the time to guide your creativity into an intended message is an excellent habit to put into place. Even though we all have busy lives, there is definitely time to develop writing and organizational skills. Great post!

  3. These are great strategies. I like to take a few minutes when I first sit down and jot down thoughts on my topic. Seeing all my ideas on paper helps me focus on the true message and write more concisely.

  4. The concept of asking yourself questions whey trying to fight through writer’s block isn’t a new one. I the last few weeks, I’ve read at least half a dozen books and/or blogs that use the same technique to fight writers block. What I did like about this posts here is that is uses a real-life example. Most of the books or blog posts that I’ve read didn’t point to an actual article that they had written before to show exactly how they used the techniques. In fact some of them, usually the books, simple quote what another authors said about the subject. The blog posts, simply reference another blog post. So kudos for that. It was nice to see exactly how you pulled this one out using another blog post that you have written.

  5. Thanks, Stefanie for such a useful post! Asking yourself questions is a proven way to keep your story going. And you have explained it well. Thanks, again.

  6. Great post!

    What helps me is to put the content aside for overnight at least but even for 2-3 days is good. You’ll come back to it with new thoughts and your brain has even sometimes been processing it in the background.

    More research also helps because you get to see what others might say about a topic and you can build on their ideas from your own perspective.


  7. This is a perfect application of the KISS formula. I printed it out and posted it on my “writing tips” board (which is high praise because the board isn’t that big).

    Thank you for sharing it.

  8. Sometimes it’s better to cut it and publish it than to craft, polish, finish it nicely 🙂 Thank you for sharing your tips

  9. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve just began implementing it in my blogging and I have high hopes it will work. There’s always that temptation to end a blog post when ideas run dry when there is actually something meaningful to add. After all, there are no prizes for clicking the publish button sooner.

  10. I have to use this principle in academic writing. I need to formulate research questions before I start an article or a paper, and I need to keep coming back to them to make sure I don’t wander off on a tangent. So no matter how much I love the comedy in What We Do in the Shadows, if I’m looking at set design then I can’t talk about it! So it helps me stay on the topic. I honestly don’t know why I never thought to apply the same principle to blog content!

    • It’s a time-saver for sure!

      Often when I find a post isn’t working it’s because I have ideas in there that just don’t fit the topic. I may love those ideas, but if I want to finish the post I’m working on in a timely manner, I need to cut and save those excess ideas for another time. 🙂

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