Whenever I’m writing, my best pieces were the ones coming from within. A feeling or emotion which I experienced during the day and channeled into my writing. Especially pieces which I was the proudest of.
And of course, when it came to curation. Three out of the four times I got curated, they were because I wrote with what I felt at the moment, or a topic which I had a firm stance and reasons whz. It was nothing deliberate, I just poured what I felt and simply wrote the words. Without really caring, what the reception was.
As whenever I did not, I realized that the writing was sluggish. It was often a struggle just to get to the end, and I was writing randomly about things that I thought about as a good idea. But when it was time to put it on paper, my heart didn’t feel so.
Intellectually, I knew what to write. But when it came to expressing it on paper, all I had was a blank in terms of what I wanted to add. At best, it could be an article, but it was often was a little jarring or a listicle. At worst, it was as though I was parroting all I knew about the subject.
And slowly, I realized that whenever I was writing, it had to be personal. I had to offer a perspective, it had to be one that I could really get behind.
That meant that I would have to feel something about it in the first place. Then, I would know what comes next. Then I would know what to do with it because it became a story that I had to tell.
But of course, it can’t be just an article rambling about a topic that you feel something about. And brings me to some of my tips when you’re doing this.
Everything has to make sense
I admit this was something that I always stood by. I poured how I feel, but I often made sure that whatever I was writing made sense to me. I frequently checked and elaborated beyond the sentences, so that whatever I wrote wasn’t vague. I also ensured that I explained clearly what I was adding or offer alternatives when needed.
Sometimes if it weren’t enough, I’d turn it into a poem. Other times, when I could find my stride, it was an article. But I often made sure that it made sense and showed my perspective.
It may be tempting, but be sure to not repeat anything that you have said. Always, always make sure that it is on course. Figure out what you wish to really say and then say it. And of course, go straight to the point.
Most people don’t have a long attention span to read your ramblings. So be sure to stick to it and cut anything that doesn’t fit even when you absolutely adore the piece of writing. Your work will be better for it.
Only publish when you’re sure
That meant every sentence, every word. Edit it until you can’t find any more mistakes or anything which you might regret. Be sure that you are willing to stand by it, that this is what you mean.
It can be tedious, but it is much easier to do so now and have an article that you aren’t afraid to have on your profile, months perhaps even years from now.