Words are hard.
We all start our blogs with the best intentions, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but after awhile a lot of business owners (myself included) struggle with blogging and eventually stop writing or posting on social media altogether because you can’t come up with a witty caption or the perfect post that it’s finally going to go viral. Here’s thing: writing isn’t easy. Even accomplished authors or seasoned bloggers, struggle with putting words together.
But, you can’t give up! You already know blogging is valuable, which is why you already have one and need to keep it going. If you ever dreamed of improving your blogging skills, then you have to write every day. That’s right! EVERY SINGLE DAY.
This will get you into the habit of writing, perhaps, more importantly, finding your writing voice and reviewing your writing to improve and work on your weak spots.
Luckily, there are a ton of great tools you can use to help improve your writing. Here are 5 that can help you become a better blogger.
Sometimes you have skills and you have passion and the thirst to write something but you don’t have the ideas. You don’t know what will the topic be or what you should write. Your mind doesn’t help your hands to put the words on the paper. In that case, Daily Page is a great solution to this problem. This handy service will send a motivational email early morning with a writing prompt (a new one every morning) to get you in the writing mood. You have all day to write using the prompt. After your writing session, you can share what you wrote or you can keep it private. Use Daily Page to get all your thoughts and ideas out of your head and free write without worries. Then, gather those rough ideas and turn them into blog posts or whatever piece of content you need to write.
Have you ever heard of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron? In her book, she suggests that you do “Morning Pages,” which are three pages that are usually done in the morning and by “long hand.” The idea is to get everything out of your head without editing or censoring yourself. 750 words is the virtual version of that practice. Use it to write anything, even random things to clear your head and prep for your writing day. And, like Daily Page, you can share it or keep it private.
If you want to learn how to write bold and clear. Then, the Hemingway app is for you. The web app, which has a desktop version as well, highlights potential edits by color to help you identify complex words, sentences that need work, and incorrect use of passive voice. You can write on the app to learn as you type or just put one of your pieces on it to help with edits.
HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator
Sometimes you have some points and keywords in your mind. But you are unable to find a specific subject or topic for those ideas, then enter those keywords into “HubSpot’s Block Topic Generator.” It will suggest five catching topics related to your keywords. If you do not like those topics then press try again and it will give you more topics after checking your keywords.
If you have a team of content writers and you assign work to them on daily basis, Trello can help with collaborating, saving ideas, assigning work, deadlines and with developing a content process. Once you set your content strategy and hire writers, use this tool to keep everyone (including yourself) organize and on track.
What are some of your favorite tools that you couldn’t blog without? Let us know in the comments!