What You Need To Do Before You Even Sit Down To Write
The act of writing is meant to be smooth and fluid.
In other words, once you start writing, the words should spontaneously be typed out and you should be expressing yourself clearly and with flair.
There is very little brainstorming or analysis during the writing process.
Writing should be like water flowing out of an open faucet.
Many beginners get this wrong. For example, if a beginner is about to write an article about five weight loss tips, they may start writing the first paragraph and after the second tip, they’re at a loss as to how to go on.
They then go and research a little more and find another tip or two — and they return and carry on writing — and maybe repeat this again.
The entire writing process is disjointed and a simple piece of content takes ages to get completed.
To avoid all this confusion and pertinent distractions, you need to be well-prepared before you even start writing.
Let’s take a look at 4 tips to ensure that your writing process is smooth so that you can write more in less time.
Always have a rough outline that you can follow.
If you’re writing fiction, you’ll need a story outline or a pre-made plot that you can use as a guideline.
If you’re writing non-fiction, you’ll need a list of points that you will be covering. For example, if you’re writing an article titled, “5 Tips To Manage Time Effectively”, you may have an outline like the one below.
- Tip #1 — Just say no
- Tip #2 — Delegate what you can
- Tip #3 — Remove all distractions
- Tip #4 — Plan your day one day ahead
- Tip #5 — Know your priorities
With an outline like this, you’ll be able to write much faster since all the tips are at your fingertips.
All you need to do is expand and express yourself clearly and concisely in your content.
Do your research beforehand.
When planning your outline, if you’re lacking content, do more research to fill the gaps.
Always compile slightly more information than you may need, in case the points you have covered are not sufficient to meet your word count.
This is especially true for freelance writers who need to meet a specific word count.
If you’re doing your research on the internet, do make sure that you check all facts thoroughly.
Look at different sources and see if it all lines up.
A lot of the information found on the internet is inaccurate.
Ideally, you would be wise to get your facts from actual books on the subject you’re writing about.
Last but not least, know how many words, chapters or pages you need to write.
If you’re only getting paid to write a 500 word article but you get carried away and write 2000 words, you’re just wasting time which could have been spent on another job.
Know what you need to do and keep an eye on the time.
The crux of what we’ve discussed is that all these points must be done before you sit down to write.
You must have all the necessary information, outlines and research at your disposal so that once you start writing, you only write and everything else becomes extraneous.
Once you can do this, you will do a lot more writing within the same space of time because you’re much more productive and efficient.
Adopt these tips and use them whenever you write.