“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”
― Lisa See
Writing is an enigma, well sort of. Any aspiring writer feels that better can be written and the best is yet to come. You create content that goes to a reader. Creating anything from zilch is an art and you keep perfecting it with time and many failed write-ups. The journey brings rejections, negative feedback and anxiety with it. The persistent ones stay and keep slogging to ultimately bear the fruits of their struggle.
In all fairness, the key to writing is putting together your ideas in a readable format to present it to the readers.
Let’s see how few simple ways put together can generate a wonderful post.
Yes, to write you must read. A well-read person has an abundance of ideas and plots which can be carved to make a wonderful post. When you read you pass through different ideas and situations. Someone with basic observation picks a few of them and puts together a wonderful post. The more you read the more aware you become. Your writing flows since ideas are pouring inside your head.
You cant afford distraction while writing. It’s like using both hands which messes up your mind. Sit in silence and calm. This provides clarity of thoughts which eventually leads to a great flow in your post. A distracted mind would take hours to produce quality content while a peaceful state of even 30- 40 min can provide a wonderful article.
The first draft:
The first draft is primarily your initial thoughts. It may be pathetic but build on it. Often we start with a loose draft which seems crap and eventually turn it to become a winner. The key is to start with whatever your thoughts are and gradually building on to it and bettering it along the way.
Start with multiple ideas and save them. You can eventually pick and chose what you feel best connected with. Creating multiple topics ensures variety to choose from since you can fall back on a certain topic. It also provides you with an option to decide your thought flow in a specific direction. We have numerous ideas itching to come out and this just catalyzes to pick the right one to scale on.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
Once you start writing there are 2 situations mainly. First, the ideas keep flowing naturally and it’s just about putting them meaningfully. Second, you get stuck and there is a deadlock on how to move ahead. Let’s take the first one. Once you have free-flowing ideas you should presume writing to them. You can always edit and bring together the article in a logical flow later. If there is a deadlock, think why you even started writing. Sit back and relax. Try figuring a pattern as to what information is requisite for your post. You may refer content online to get back on your thinking shoes. Whatever the situation may be, just don’t let a minor setback hassle you. Keep punching the keys with whatever idea flows inside.
Yes, just write whatever comes to you. The key to writing is avoiding distraction and rules will distract you. If you feel you are writing crap, so be it. Keep at it. Don’t let the ideas and creativity be judged upon rules of writing. It’s your article, your post, you decide the rules here. You can always go back and edit things you may not like. Remember that its possible to edit a bad write-up, not a blank write-up.
OK, so you have done all the absurdity in the post. You wrote without rules and put your creative fluids to the post. Now you can fix the post. Remember how I mentioned that a bad write up can be edited not a blank one. Presuming it to be a bad write-up it can always be fixed. Your inhibitions regarding ideas and how to put together a post have been taken care of by how you didn’t care and kept writing. Now is the time to shape up the work in the best possible way. Not following rules gave you the liberty to write your heart out which made ideas and creativity lingering inside that head of yours be brought to light. Invest time perfecting the write-up even if it takes a day or two.
It takes time to perfect any art and writing is no exception. Few rejections and failures should not define you. Your persistence will.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
— Richard Bach
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