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Stream of consciousness writing is not something reserved only for the literary greats like James Joyce or Virginia Woolf. It is something that any blogger with even the slightest control of words can incorporate into their blog. Most importantly, stream of consciousness posts come with a great number of benefits and possibilities.
What Is Stream of Consciousness Style
While the term carries a lot of literary weight and tradition, stream of consciousness can essentially be defined as the written equivalent of a person or character’s thought process. In literary practices, stream of consciousness generally has leaps in syntax and punctuation, but this is not a requisite. All you really need is a continuous flow of perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and memories.
Writing yoru thoughts out without stressing!
How to Write a Stream of Consciousness Post
To write a stream of consciousness post, you only need to do the following:
- Write non-stop for a set period of time.
- Do not allow yourself to slow down and edit while you are writing.
Of course, if you want to create material in the least bit relevant to your blog, you may also want to include the rule:
- Try to keep your stream of thoughts somewhat related to your blog.
But even here, I say it’s good to let your mind wander some. Perhaps you’ll hit a really close gold-mine of content that extends naturally from the theme of your blog. There is no rule that your blog has to cover one and only one topic over its entire existence. In fact, I would say that a good blog takes risks in changing or expanding its content in order to adapt to the wants of its writers and its audience.
I say write for a set period of time just as a benchmark for yourself. It could be 10 minutes; could be an hour. If you seem to have trouble starting these sessions, I advise you to set 10 minute intervals, and just keep trying until you have a session that you genuinely want to keep writing. If you can start and stop writing in stream of consciousness on a dime, set however long you want.
The Benefits of Stream of Consciousness Posting
Well, this one is pretty obvious. Writing a post for your blog will give you more content. But what I’ve discovered – in my case at least – is that one stream of consciousness writing session will get you a ton of content. Because you allow yourself to think and write continuously, without regard to post length or anything, you are sometimes left with more content than you know what to do with. I still recommend saving the writing and perhaps organizing it and breaking it up into several different posts that you can serialize on your blog.
More Variety, Stronger Content
Especially if you felt like your posts were beginning to look all the same, a stream of consciousness post will really break up the monotony and pleasantly surprise your readers. Not to mention, your readers may appreciate your more honest and natural voice that comes through in stream of consciousness writing. Of course, I do recommend editing and possibly omitting some parts of your stream of consciousness; not every thought you have will be a golden nugget of brilliance.
More Content for the Future
Not only are you left with huge amounts of content from your stream of consciousness writing, you will also have a lot of ideas for future posts. Perhaps your stream of consciousness post just grazed the surface of a whole complete area of content for your blog. Maybe you’ll find topics for your blog that you didn’t even realize existed or could even work for your blog. By and far, the best luck I’ve had with stream of consciousness posts has been keeping my blog fresh with ideas for both myself and my readers. Because let’s face it, you don’t like writing the same things over and over just like your audience doesn’t enjoy reading it.