Some days you’re just too sick to write an interesting post. However, you may also want to follow the advice of Dr. Robert Anton Wilson and “do it every day” to make your writing improve. In the spirit of Gary Vaynerchuk’s suggestion that sometimes it’s better to document rather than create, here is a list of 5 things a writer could do on a day they don’t feel up to writing.
1 – Poke away at your pieces in progress. I use Evernote as my drafting space. The primary reason is ease of parity across multiple devices. Whether I am, in a cafe, in the bathroom, or curled up on my couch wrapped in blankets and feeling like hell, I can work on my writing with ease. I mostly work on my laptop, but it’s just as easy to work on my iPhone or iPad. This leads to…
2 – If you are on a schedule, you can post something you’ve written before. Perhaps a piece is already done and waiting, or perhaps it only needs some quick finishing up and editing. Keeping a rolling set of posts in progress makes this easy.
3 – Not every post need be completely original. If you are stuck for inspiration, a quick scroll through your favorite social media feed can provide something to riff on. Sometimes I take a scroll through Quora, looking for requests I have gotten for answering questions, or I review answers I previously gave to see if I can expand on what I said.
4 – Write a review! I do not mean to suggest that writing a good review is easy to do. There is a reason some reviewers have fans and followers. However, writing an okay review is decidedly easy. All you do is give your opinion, and everyone has those in spades.
5 – Lastly, you can write a list of 5 things a sick writer can do. (Or any list really.) These kinds of posts are the lowest hanging fruit in the blogging world. 😉