Last month, I took part in #smNPchat — the Twitter chat for small non-profit organizations interested in learning more about fundraising and marketing. During the course of the chat, we ended up sharing some great tips on how to overcome writer’s block while working on an appeal.
A few of the best ideas are below:
- Write longhand — it may allow you to more freely develop your ideas
- Walk away and come back to it later
- Get inspiration by spending time with program staff and clients. (Keep your eyes open in the next few weeks for a guest post that further explores this topic!)
- Make some thank you calls to donors to reconnect with what really inspires them about your organization and its mission.
One tip that has been helpful to me is to write free-form or stream of consciousness to get some basic ideas down and then come back to it another day.
What strategies do you use to overcome writer’s block while working on an appeal (or anything else in your fundraising work)?