4 Fantastic Tools To Keep You Writing Consistently

4 fantastic tools to keep you writing consistently

I hear so many bloggers say they struggle with writing consistently.

It’s hard to sit down and write day after day. That’s why we need support, and tools, to keep us going. Here are 4 that I’ve found enormously helpful in my writing and blogging journey.

1. 750 Words

How it works: 750 words is a simple website where you create an account, log in, and write 750 words a day.

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How it motivates you: You can earn badges, see your streaks, and cheer on other members of the community.

Another awesome component of 750 words is that you can see data on what you’ve written. (Really cool for a data nerd like me.)

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What I love about 750 words:

  • It’s a non-distracting writing space – just a white page for you to fill with your words.
  • You can write and engage with the community all in one place.
  • You can see who else is writing in real time.

What 750 words is missing:

  • There’s no place to comment or have real conversations.
  • You can’t format your writing so it’s not great for writing blog posts, unless you want to copy and paste to do your formatting afterward.

The cost: It’s free for the first 30 days, and then requires a $5 a month membership fee.

Learn more and sign up!

2. My 500 Words with Jeff Goins

How it works: My 500 words is a 30 day challenge that includes a private Facebook group and a daily email with writing inspiration. You can also participate in the challenge on Twitter by using the hashtag #my500words.

My 500 words with Jeff Goins: A great way to get motivated to write!

How it motivates you: 

  • Daily prompts give you ideas so you never wonder what to write about.
  • The Facebook group is extremely supportive.
  • The daily emails remind you to sit down and start writing.
  • You can also join the app/community and track your progress there in the group dedicated specifically to My 500 Words.

My 500 words with Jeff Goins Facebook group: A VERY supportive group if you want to write every day.

What I love about My 500 Words:

  • The Facebook group. I joined and wrote a message introducing myself to the group. Over 10 people welcomed me. In my experience, that’s a very warm reception. The group is also very active, with many people posting and commenting every day.
  • The prompts. There are 251 of them (listed in a document on the Facebook group). Everyday, a new prompt is pinned to the top of the group.

What My 500 Words is missing:

  • A place to actually do the writing. Of course, there are TONS of applications to use to actually write, so this isn’t a big deal.
  • An integrated tracking system. Yes, you can use (and I use it myself, for this and other habits). But you have to go to a bunch of places while using this – Facebook, a writing application, and

Cost: FREE!

 Learn more and sign up!

3. Blogging Challenges

How it works: Sign up for challenges to blog everyday.

How it motivates you: Different challenges have different incentives. Some of them incorporate daily comment chains on Facebook with a chance to get comments on your blog, while others offer prizes to people who complete the challenges.

What I love about blogging challenges:

  • They not only motivate you to blog more, but they offer a way to get your blog read by more people as well.
  • You can discover other people’s blogs and network in the blogging community.

What blogging challenges are missing:

  • Every blogging challenge is a little different, and it can be hard to find out which challenges are happening when, because many of them only happen on certain months of the year.

Cost: FREE!

Here are a few blogging challenges to consider signing up for:

Wordpress's extensive list of blogging events and challenges

WordPress’s List of Events and Challenges

These aren’t just WordPress-based challenges, but a list of challenges from all over the Internet. It’s the most complete listing I’ve found. You can organize the challenges by topic so that you don’t have to sift through to find what works for you.

Wordpress's daily writing challenge

WordPress daily prompts

WordPress has daily prompt suggestions. Write to the prompt and you’ll get more views and comments on your blog.

The Ultimate Blog Challenge

Only occurring in certain months (I did the January one, and another is coming up in April), this challenge supports your blog by giving you a place to share your writing and comment on others’ as well.

4. Natalie Goldberg’s rules for writing practice

How it works: It’s not an app. It’s not an online community. It’s just 7 simple rules to help you get out of your own way and write.

The rules of writing practice

How the rules motivate you:

  • They allow you to write what you really want to write without worrying about your value as a person.
  • They give you a framework for writing.

What I love about the rules for writing practice:

  • When I write using the rules, my authentic voice comes out more than it ever does without them.
  • I end up writing about things I didn’t even realize I wanted to write about.
  • They transform writing into a therapeutic process.

What the rules are missing:

  • They’re just rules. They don’t give you a community or a framework for writing. That’s where the other tools come into play.

Learn more by downloading the rules here.

Each of these 4 tools can help you write consistently. But they each support you in a different way. My advice? Use all 4. Why not?

An easy 5 minute exercise to help you tackle blogger’s block

An easy 5 minute exercise to help you tackle blogger's block

So you’ve created your blogging plan. You have a good idea to write about.

You sit down, open your blogging platform, create a new post…and then what?

You can read lots of articles about the perfect blog post (like this one from Buffer, for example).

You know exactly how many words should go in your headline. You are prepared to put a tweetable somewhere in your post to make it more shareable. You’re going to write short paragraphs to make it more readable.

But before all that, you have to start writing.

Here’s the thing: blogging is an art form. It’s about sitting down day after day to create.

And even though there are plenty of experts out there who can tell you how they’ve made it big in the blogging world, they can’t tell you what your unique contribution will be.

So instead of focusing on checking off each element of the perfect post, think about what you have to say that is honest, unique, and needed.

A 5 minute timed writing exercise can really help loosen your mind and get you ready to write.

Have you heard of Natalie Goldberg? She’s written lots of books about developing a writing practice.

The goal behind writing practice is to get to know your own unfiltered mind. It can be hugely helpful when you’re staring at the blank screen, worrying about what to write about.

Here are the 7 rules:

1. Keep your hand moving.

2. Lose control.

3. Be specific.

4. Don’t think.

5. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation or grammar.

6. You are free to write the worst junk in the world.

7. Go for the jugular. (Meaning, write what hurts, write what is hard.)

The rules of writing practice

Why these rules? Because they let you cut through the resistance, ignore your internal editor, and just write.

So if you’re struggling to write today, try these 5 minute timed writing exercises (and follow Natalie’s rules)

I really want to write about…

I have lots of blog topics saved to write about, but sometimes, I just don’t feel like writing about them. Or I may want to choose a different one than I had planned for, because that’s the one that speaks to me in the moment.

When you write to what you’re drawn to in this moment, your post will have more power behind it. Try this: Write, I really want to write about…and complete the sentence. Then set a timer for 5 minutes and write whatever comes up.

Right now, I feel…

Your feelings hold a lot of power. And people will connect with your blog if it’s driven by genuine emotion. Focus on your feelings about the topic you’ve chosen.

Start by writing, Right now I feel… and then go for it. Don’t let yourself stop typing for the next 5 minutes.

When all else fails, imagine a reader and start writing.

Imagine your ideal reader sitting down to read your post. What does she need to learn today? (Or, if you haven’t created a reader, imagine what you would want to read.)  Then set a timer and write for 5 minutes without stopping. Write whatever comes up.

Once you’ve done your 5 minutes, take a deep breath and look over what you’ve written.

Don’t judge it for the quality of the writing. Instead, focus on the thread of thought running through it. Then write about that for your blog post today. Or just let it guide you.