Lacy Boggs is a professional blogger. The following advice is taken from her post “How I Write 8 to 10 Blog Posts a Week.”
“I believe you should schedule dedicated brainstorming time totally separate from your writing time. To me, brainstorming is a totally separate activity. For my clients, I usually help them brainstorm and plan out up to six months worth of topics at a single go. For my own business, I find that six weeks is a more manageable time frame for planning out my editorial calendar, but I have a long, running list of ideas that I add to whenever inspiration strikes.”
There’s more good stuff in the post and on Lacy’s site, so check them out. I would add that the advice to separate brainstorming/planning from writing isn’t just good for bloggers. If you’re writing a book, make sure that when it’s time to write you can start right in.
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