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The Writing Process

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The Writing

Just start. And dive in. The practice of thinking about the written word is part of my daily work as a copywriter and UX writer. But in my very own personal experience and method, I tend to start with it only after sentences have made it onto the blank page (digital or not) in front of me.

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The Editing

Write without fear. Edit without mercy. Hi and welcome to the least fun part of writing and the one that takes the most time. Please make sure you switch that mind of yours on again. And patience.

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  1. Binding sentences together. Thinking more than one sentence ahead at a time when writing is tricky, therefore, a sentence is written without necessarily knowing what the next one will look like or which message it will contain. Binding them together will make your text more cohesive.
  2. Trying to read it from a different perspective. Reading a passage for “the first time” will allow you to notice areas that still lack relevant information or are unclear. I go ahead and add short sentences to passages when I feel like either important information is missing or the impact gets lost.
  3. Rewriting, improving and rearranging sentences while still keeping the meaning. Because they just feel off.
  4. Deleting. A lot. Hitting that return button is also part of any writing processes. Editing is not solely about changing, but also about removing text segments. The shorter and more compact a text is, the more impactful it is. Think about how you can say something, with as little text as possible. And then shorten that.

The Doubting

An almost official and absolutely indispensable step of the writing process is that you doubt everything that you have just done. While, it will most definitely take up time, make sure to give it the least amount of it.

Written on a piece of paper stand the words: Am I good enough?
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It doesn’t have to be “good enough”. Work on it until it feels good. And trust that that will be enough.



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