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The Ultimate Workflow for Writers Obsessed with Quality

A seven-step process for producing quality writing, every time (plus the essential tools and software you need to make it happen)

Rob Hardy
Rob Hardy
Oct 2, 2017 · 30 min read

Following this workflow produces a consistent level of quality

A workflow breaks a big process into small, manageable parts

It’s an essential part of keeping yourself inspired

It’s a useful marketing tool for freelancers

The A.B.C. principle

Keep it organized

Trust the workflow, but don’t let it chain you down

The 7-step process

The seven steps are:

1. Idea

2. Research (Part 1)

Toby for the win!

Research (Part 2)

3. Mindmap/Outline/Freewriting

Mind mapping

Version 1 of the mind map for this article.

Traditional Outlining

Freewriting

4. Structure

5. First Draft

6. Second Draft

7. Edit

Primary Tools

MindNode/WriteMapper

Oh hey, that’s this article! Thanks WriteMapper!
A peek inside a single node of the above mind map, and proof that this started with a very shitty first draft.

Ulysses

Flowstate/Cold Turkey Writer

Grammarly/Hemingway

Oh my, this article has a serious adverb problem…

Secondary Tools/Workflow Boosters

Dragon Dictation

PopClip

Alfred

Klib

Music

One Song on Repeat

Focus@Will & Brain.fm

Wrapping up this monstrous article

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

Rob Hardy

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Rob Hardy

Freelance copywriter, founder of Filmmaker Freedom, and builder of online audiences. filmmakerfreedom.com

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.