How often do you sit down to work on a project, open up a clean Google doc, and proceed to stare at said Google doc for 10 minutes (or more), not even sure where to begin? It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or have been writing professionally for years—all writers run into this at some point. In fact, I did it just now in starting this blog post.
And the best recommendation I have when you find yourself in that place—just write. Start somewhere. Anywhere. Find the place where you can focus, turn off your phone and email alerts, and just start.
I have number of ideas for what to talk about in this blog this semester, but after reading through your notes from the first week of class and reviewing your news releases, I thought what you might need (or even want) at the start of a new semester are helpful resources to get you in the right frame of mind and ready to write. So, below are a number of articles I hope will help prepare for what lies ahead in PUBR 330. I’ve selected a few that span a variety of topics and tips, from the psychology of creating the best space in which to write to tips for crafting a good headline.
Let me know in the comments which of these are most helpful, or if there are other areas of writing in which you need inspiration. What other topics would you like us to talk about related to PR and writing in this blog this semester?
A Few Writing Resources and Articles to Help You Get Started:
- Grammarly (if you aren’t already using Grammarly, you should)
- How to Write a Headline (Or, Why This Isn’t the Perfect Title) (Skyword)
- A Good Lead is Everything, Here’s How to Write One (NPR Training)
- 7 Fixes for Common Writing Mistakes (Content Marketing Institute)
- Beautiful PR Writing That Stinks at Achieving Anything (SpinSucks)
- The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Routine (Brain Pickings)