How to Use Pre-Writing Strategies to Write Great Content

Although we occasionally have an easy time writing our blog posts, we sometimes get stuck and have trouble getting anything down on paper. Yes, those times when inspiration strikes us and the blog post effortlessly flows out of our fingertips are wonderful indeed, but those times are few and far between.

So we have to use various pre-writing strategies to make sure we get our blogging done on time and keep fresh content rolling out for our readers. If you’ve ever used pre-writing strategies before, then you can probably attest to their worth; however, if you haven’t, then you might want to give the following strategies a try.

How to Use Pre-Writing Strategies to Write Great Content

Draw Out Your Ideas

If you’re someone who really works well visually, then you should definitely look into sketching out your ideas. Most famous artists made preliminary sketches of their paintings, so you should try to sketch out your blog posts. Use an idea-mapping strategy to give yourself a new perspective on how your ideas fit together. Put your main topic in a bubble in the middle of the paper and then start scribbling away!

Make an Outline

A great way to organize your thoughts before you start writing a post is to outline them. Using an outline can actually really help you keep everything ordered, and it also provides a pretty solid template of what your post ought to look like, which allows you simply to plug in relevant information and key points. If you’re someone who struggles to keep track of everything as you’re writing, then an outline is the perfect tool for you.

Do an Idea-Dump or Brainstorm

Call it what you will, an idea dump/free-write/brainstorming session can be extremely productive for your blogging. Any sort of forced unconscious writing down of ideas can help you create a week or so of really solid content. It’s really easy to come up with the content ideas, which is why brainstorm is so useful. The hard part, obviously, is then figuring out what you have to say about the topics!

Schedule a Daily Free-Writing Session

For a long-term pre-writing strategy, you cannot go wrong with settling into a daily writing routine. If you start a daily journal, for example, and write in it each evening before you go to sleep, you can actually create a rough source of content for your future posts. Then, when you need to start a new post, you can simply turn back through your journal and pick out some ideas that you thought were interesting.

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  1. says

    Prewriting is something I used to teach to my students. One method is the “popcorn” way of getting ideas. Draw a circle with a word in it. The draw lines and other circles to relates words and ideas. Branch off from those. It looks like a popcorn kernal when you are done!

  2. says

    Hi Stacie. Great article. This gives me some fabulous ideas. Yes, I am one of those people who struggles to either come up with ideas or if I do have an idea I have a hard time putting an actual post together about that idea (I find myself procrastinating a lot too). I love the outline idea. I’m going to try it. Thanks again.


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