I’ve been a writer for many years, and that’s how I earn my living. However, many people believe that writing is effective. I am not at home and do nothing every day. I work, but I don’t work all day.
Every week I write thousands of words on my website, blog, e-mail, freelance, books, e-books, diaries, plans, overviews, research, etc.
What should I do?
I follow a five-step process. I’ve been a writer for a long time, so I’ve perfected my own process for every kind of writing I do to make it faster and easier. Writing is like anything we do, it gets easier with practice, and we automatically get faster.
My five-step process is as follows:
Idea-plan / sketch-research-write-edit.
Idea. Every writing project starts with an idea. I never like to miss them because they disappear as quickly as they appear, so even if I don’t have to write them down right away, I have to write them down. It’s great to have a creative notebook to browse.
Plan / sketch. Every writing project (or project) requires a plan, also known as a sketch. Even if I don’t have all the information I need, I’ll add notes on what needs to be studied to complete the project. This leads to the next step.
The study. Once I know exactly what I’m going to write, I’ll do the necessary research as simple as finding a suitable quote or finding out how other people are solving the specific problem I’m writing.
To write. This is the interesting part. While opening the overview next to me, I will gradually research, write any content I want to introduce and add research notes in the appropriate places. When I write a novel, I still use the outline, and sometimes I have to research to check the facts.
Edit. This is the last step and should always be done at the end. I never edit when I write. Even if I think I made a mistake, I will continue to write and will not stop correcting anything. If I can’t spell a word, I will misspell it or leave a space. I also try to leave at least a few days between writing and editing, so that I can read it with “fresh eyes”. And usually, I find that if I think my writing is wrong, I am not wrong. I was too close then.
These are my five steps.
The most important thing to remember is that no matter how much we want to, we will never do it ourselves.
That’s why you have to hit the chair and then start writing.
Getting started is usually the hardest part. It’s easy to do something. It can be not easy to get started.
But once you start, you will find that you can easily write thousands of words every day.