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Article Marketing Tip: You Can Do Your Best Writing When You Are Tired, Sick, or Just Don’t Feel Like Writing
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Believe it or not, you can write a great article (or at least a first draft) when you're not feeling up to par.

“My head hurts.”

“I’m exhausted.”

“I didn’t get enough sleep last night.”

“I’m not all mentally ‘there’ today.”

On days when you don’t have your A-game (or even your B or C-game), your natural reaction may be to take the day off from writing.

I’m here to tell you that if you do decline to write when you aren’t feeling well or are tired, you may be missing out on some of the most creative, inspired, helpful writing you’ve ever done.

Sound crazy? After all, if you aren’t feeling on top of things, how can you write an article that is intelligent?

It seems to go against reason, but it’s actually true.

Perks To Writing When You Are Sick, Tired or Just Don’t Feel Like It

Before I tell you the trick of how to write when you don’t feel like it, let me tell you why days when you’re not feeling up to par can be some of your best writing days…

  • It is easier to turn the perfectionist part of your brain off. Being a perfectionist takes a lot of energy and concentration. When you’re in that perfectionist zone, it is easy to get caught up in the details (dotting every “i” and crossing every “t” even when you’re just writing your first draft). For some of you, it can be a creative boost to have a day when you are not feeling as energetic and focused.
  • You will be more relaxed. Trying too hard is one thing that can dampen creativity. When you are writing when you’re not feeling up to par, you tend to relax more. When you start to relax, you will likely find that you are coming up with better ideas more easily.
  • Your expectations are lower. There’s no way that you can let yourself down or come away feeling like you should have done better. You really have nothing to lose, which is a great position to be in, if you think about it in the right way.
  • You can’t do your usual routine. If you are in a comfortable, predictable routine, writing when you’re not feeling well can jostle you out of that, which can cause you to think in new ways. This helps you to come up with topics that you wouldn’t have thought about before. It also helps you to teach your topics in innovative ways you might not have considered before.

Doing a Writing Warm-Up Is The Key

Here’s a little article marketing tip on the writing warm-up exercise I told you about recently:

I have been doing this warm-up pretty much every day, even when it’s not a day when I am scheduled to write. I started doing it as an experiment because I read a book where it was recommended.

Here are the things I’ve learned:

I have discovered that I very rarely feel like writing.

I have removed that excuse from my life because it just doesn’t cut it, and I’ve found that it doesn’t even really matter. It’s a given. I don’t feel like writing–what else is new?

So, I wake up every weekday and I don’t feel like writing, but I do my writing warm-up exercise anyway, every day rain or shine. I do it even if I don’t have to write anything that day.

The really strange and wonderful thing that I’ve discovered is that after I do my writing warm-up, I pretty effortlessly transition into writing an article or blog post.

It isn’t forced–the writing warm-up creates a change in me in that by the end of the warm-up I feel like writing.

On days when I don’t “have to” writing anything, after doing the warm-up I find myself saying, “Well, let me just jot down a few quick notes” or “I’ll just write a few quick paragraphs and leave it alone until another day.”

Then many times I end up writing an article or first draft.

I also find that I write more effortlessly–there is no straining or struggling. Even though I don’t naturally feel like writing and I start the day without a single idea of what to write about, after my warm-up I am raring to go.

It’s amazing what a simple writing warm-up can do. Have you tried it yet?

If not, I encourage you to try it as an experiment for a week, like I did. It takes about 3 minutes a day.

Here’s the how-to on the writing warm-up in case you’d like to try it:

How To Do A 3 Minute Writing Warm-Up Exercise

Let me know how it goes for you…

Also, how often do you use the “I just don’t feel up to it” excuse when it comes to writing articles?

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7 Responses to “Article Marketing Tip: You Can Do Your Best Writing When You Are Tired, Sick, or Just Don’t Feel Like Writing”

  1. Great article, and too true. I often put off writing when I am tired or lazy. Now I know different,

  2. You are so right. Opening a document and writing – anything – will put you in the frame of mind for writing for real.

    About a year ago, I had trouble getting started in the morning because there was so much going on in my head – things I knew I should be doing, but didn’t feel like it or felt overwhelmed with all the options. That’s when I started a “daily progress report”, which basically is a Word document where I type in my completed tasks and all the little “excuses” I had for not getting things done. (I suppose it’s similar to having a journal and entering your thoughts, concerns, etc.)

    I used to do it at night after the work day, but I found that by entering this information the next morning instead, it changed my focus from scattered thoughts on everything under the sun to specific work-related issues.

    By the time I’m done writing the report, I want to keep writing, so I pick a topic and write my articles or work on my latest ebook.

    If your readers think professional writers don’t have this problem, they’re wrong. I’m a pro with 30+ years newspaper experience, yet I still have those days when I just don’t want to write and look for excuses not to write.


  3. Hi Steve
    You write as you feel and that is a gift that anyone can develop. Your website is always informative and interesting. If you can still talk when you are tired you can write, is my motto.
    Keep the tips and information coming.

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  5. Antonio Sola says:

    Mister Shaw. I am writing few articles about war, and your comment about writing under stress is indeed a jewel.I am a Retired Infantry Officer, who served as enlisted man during the Korean War with Company D, 31st Infantry Regiment. I was Forward Observer for the 81mm Mortar Platoon. During four occasions I was part of a counterattacking company to Pork Chop Hill,and withdrew with them again the following night.
    Then later in the Vietnam War, I commanded Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, as part of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, and was wounded during Operation Attleboro.
    And l am the father of soldier retired at the age of twenty fully incapacitated .
    So, I know how one feels when you drive a bayonet into an enemy throat and experience an unexplanable joy which under the fury of combat, that act of killing another human, that joy is highly comparable to a well executed sex act, and better at times.
    I know how a commander feels when he knows that eighty per cent of his attacking troops will never reach the trenches of Pork Chop.
    And before I mention why your message have impressed me so deeply, as father of a soldier who was awaken one night of September last year to be informed that my son had become a wounded warrior and in coma,, my soul was amputated, and purple heart decorations or folded national flags do not cure our subconsious pains.

    But writing under the most rigorous adversity is not only challenging, but also very rewarding in my particular case, since tired and loaded like mules are the ways that soldiers are loded before reaching the attack position, and when weather conditions makes my area muddy, I load myself as much as my physical condition permits, and concentrated on the battlefield, crawling uphill in the slopes of my farm, I can recall names of combatants, combat orders issued by senior and subordinates commanders, and successes and failres of units engaged in combat,
    Yes Sir, your comments about writing when conditions are not favorable are indeed a jewel.
    I have absolute faith in the certainty, that if your advice is practised, your readers will not be dissappointed.

  6. Bill says:

    Very interesting Steve thought i have been writing my web content for my clients in that state but my borne of contention is that most people cannot provide a high quality content when they are tired it all depends with your attitude and determination. Thanks

  7. chris says:

    Mm, when I feel like this I usually don’t write because I find it hard to concentrate. I will give your theory a try next time I am sick.

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