VA Writers Overcome Writers Block
Being a virtual assistant means juggling several different tasks, often for multiple clients. You might be scheduling appointments, organizing files, reviewing social media sites, and analyzing advertising data all on the same day. Virtual assistant writing can be a little more challenging than other tasks you are asked to perform because it requires you to create something out of nothing. Getting those words flowing is the key to success when you are a writing assistant, writing on a deadline. Here are some strategies to help you avoid writer’s block
If you can say it, you can write it.
Some people can get caught up on the writing part of writing. Maybe you don’t consider yourself a writer, or you don’t think you’re very good at it. But writing is just speaking in text format. Think about what you would like to say if you could speak to your audience rather than write that blog. Write it down in plain language as if you were speaking. You can always jazz it up or make it sound more formal in the second draft.
If you can’t start at the beginning, start in the middle.
It can be hard to get started with your virtual assistant writing assignment because, well, you just don’t know where to start. Introductions can be the hardest part, so don’t start at the beginning. Focus on the heart of the message, first. What one point do you need to convey to your audience? What is the purpose of your writing assignment? Put that down in simple terms, then you can add a lead-in and a wrap-up later.
If the blank page is stressing you out, put some words on it.
Staring at a blank page does not elicit the efficiency you are striving for, so don’t do it. In fact, the longer you sit there not writing anything, the higher your anxiety becomes. You have to write something, anything. Try some free association with the topic you are supposed to cover. Write anything that comes to mind in short phrases or even partial sentences. Jot down anything that comes into your mind, even if it is, “I don’t know what to write.” You’ll be surprised how words will begin to flow and then become more focused on the topic of your VA writing assignment. Once you start putting some words on that page, writer’s block will disappear.
If you don’t know what to write, ask around.
As a virtual assistant, you know the power of preparation, and VA writers rely on it heavily. Do some research before you attempt your virtual assistant writing assignment. Gather more information from your supervisor about the goal of the assignment, the context it will be used in, and the intended audience. Interview members of your team or executives in the company to learn their perspective on the topic because, ultimately, your writing speaks for them. Also, make good use of the internet to see what others are saying about the topic and what has already been written. By reviewing the body of work already out there on your topic, you will see what information is missing or figure out how you can develop a unique angle.
Writer’s block can be a struggle for any writing assistant, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned writer. VA writers have the added pressure of balancing many tasks and the need to be efficient with their time. You may not be able to avoid writer’s block, but you can move through it quickly and get on to producing great work for your client.