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How do you write when you're not in the mood?

Discussion in 'Copywriting' started by Spoiltdiva, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Spoiltdiva

    Spoiltdiva Illustrious Member

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    #781
    Sadly, there is a lot of truth to your statement.
    SEMrush
     
    Spoiltdiva, Oct 21, 2019 IP
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    hokdio Peon

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    #782
    Just write what you want, but first you must read the information about the topic that you want to write. After then, you will have bacsic information and you start to. However, may be the first time, you will see that may be in your paragraph you write will have wrong word or wrong gramma, but you must practice more and more. I believe that you will be a better writer.
     
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    Spoiltdiva Illustrious Member

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    #783
    Does anyone see the irony in this post? There seems to be a lot of it going around lately.
     
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    mmerlinn Prominent Member

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    #784
    Duh, are you saying practice makes perfect? If so, it seems you need LOTS of practice and you should consult a lexicon when you write, ESPECIALLY when you are expounding upon the subject of how to write.

    I have NEVER seen a GOOD writer that was not FIRST and FOREMOST a voracious READER. Not just about the subject at hand, but about anything and everything. Readers tend to AUTOMATICALLY know about good sentence structure, know about good grammar, and know when something is not spelt rite, oops, correctly.
     
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    JEET Notable Member

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    #785
    When I don't want to write, I start reading something about the topic I want to write an article on.
    Lots of websites, some videos if I can find any on the subject.

    Then I wait for a while, let all that info sink in.

    After a while I start getting desperate to write it all... LOL
     
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    Spoiltdiva Illustrious Member

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    #786
    That desperation that you experience is passion. Those who don't have it never make it as writers. Passion and lack of passion is what separates the writers from the want to be writers.
     
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    JEET Notable Member

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    Spoiltdiva
    Rightly said friend! I feel the same about coding too... Would not have lasted over 15 years as a freelance webmaster without that passion.
    I do regret taking down some of my old websites though. Should have kept them alive...
     
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    Many_man Peon

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    #788
    So true. I would like to work as a copywriter, but I'm afraid that because of my desire and unwillingness to write, that change each other from time to time, I may lose a job.
     
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    Spoiltdiva Illustrious Member

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    #789
    As a non native speaker of English myself I can tell you this with utter conviction. If you plan to pursue a career writing in English you need to improve your skill set. Frankly speaking friend, your command of English just plain sucks.
     
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    JEET Notable Member

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    #790
    Many_man
    Nobody "wants" to work. We "have" to work.
    I love coding, really love it. If I don't code up something for 2-3 days, I start feeling as if I am drowning...
    Start loving what you are doing, or do what you love. Will make things a lot more easier for you!
     
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    maximvoloinin Peon

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    #791
    It is usually hard, but you just have to start and after a while it will go by itself. If not, it’s better not to write anything today.
     
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    Spoiltdiva Illustrious Member

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    #792
    If one makes a living by writing or is under contract, then deciding when to write or when not to write may not be an option. Clients usually don't care if you are not in the mood to write. They want their content quickly. If you don't deliver the goods they will go to another writer.
     
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    #793
    Hello! There is no good or bad mood for a writer. You are always in the mainstream. The whole thing is that you just give all your mood and thoughts to paper. Even if there are any technical texts, you simply build yourself preliminary notes and diagrams, small drafts, preliminary boards of topics:oops:
     
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    Spoiltdiva Illustrious Member

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    #794
    That is an interesting take on the topic. Almost 800 posts and no one thought of this.......interesting.:)
     
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    #795
    I have followed this thread for many years and never posted because I am not a professional copywriter. In fact, I tend to hire copywriters when needed. However, I do find myself needing to write many things for business: sales letters, sales emails, etc. Some times they will be documents that argue my case with a client in a very competitive situation and they can get to be multiple pages in length. I am a good, native American English writer from the perspective of vocabulary and grammar (I used to tutor English in college) but whether or not I write good sales copy is certainly open to debate. Anyway, I realized that I have a method of getting something written when I don't feel like it and will outline my process below:

    When I have a topic and need to write it under a reasonable deadline, the first thing I do is write down every stray thought in my head about the topic. Just notes, short phrases, important points, etc., anything that comes to mind on the topic. I then close the document and walk away for a short time period. I then come back, review those points and inevitably, will think of a few more that I will add to the list. I may do this a few times before I feel that I have the general scope of the piece and enough compelling concepts covered in the various points. The next time I come back to the document, I organize all of the points in a logical order and while doing so, the article's main points and direction start to gel. I then close the document and walk away. When I return to it next, I begin to flesh out each point with the explanatory content needed to explain to the audience what I am trying to convey. Once I have written this first draft, I close it and walk away. I then come back one or more times to edit, re-write sections, etc. My process can take a few hours or a few days, so it may not work if you are under a tight deadline but, for me, it results in the best quality writing that I do.

    Many times, I really do not feel like writing the piece, but know that I have to. By breaking it down into simple steps at the beginning, walking away from it a lot, and then coming back to work on what I have already developed makes it into a more palatable task. HTH.
     
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    Spoiltdiva Illustrious Member

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    #796
    That is certainly a good method and I can see the logic in it. As for me everything seems to come within a minute or two or not at all. After the first couple of minutes it's many hours and even days of research then comes the writing. And lastly it's interacting with the client. But the process is so very difficult when I'm not in the mood to write, so very easy when I am.:)
     
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    #797
    This is why I have not posted previously on this thread. In my case, I am both the client and the copywriter. :)
     
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    Spoiltdiva Illustrious Member

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    #798
    So what you are telling us is that you wear 3 hats:
    (1) Client hat
    (2) Copywriter hat
    (3) Tinfoil hat
    :rolleyes:
     
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    #799
    Tinfoil hats! Why just one? They nest well. ;)
     
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    Shams Alam Khan Peon

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    First write down why you are not in the mood. You will figure out some important thoughts and possibly figure out how to fix your mood. If you can't fix it, try to listen to some soothing music. Meditate a bit, talk with your family and friends, it will boost you up.
     
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