SHORT: Writing Something New
At first, it sounds pretty easy. Sit down at your desk with your computer, and start spilling your words out onto the screen. But anyone who has tried this method of writing knows that not only does it rarely ever lead to anything, but can actually cause writer’s block because of the sheer amount of pressure to just get something done.
The truth is, every great writer has a process. Whether that process be brainstorming for a couple hours, or even taking inspiration from other’s work. However, as mentioned in The ESSAYER’s Simplicity in Writing post, taking time to create an in-depth, fully detailed entire plan for your project before starting to write could lead to a clunky product. Imagine having a great idea for your new book. You develop the idea more and more over the span of a few weeks, until you’re finally ready to start transferring it to paper. If you already thought of a part of the book that really makes you proud, you might be impatient enough to rush the rest of your writing just to fit that idea in sooner. Of course, this experience varies. Everybody’s style of writing is different, but this is just how I personally view the process.
Now, I don’t want to just keep restating some snippets from the article, so I’ll stop there. Still, I highly recommend that you check it out if you’re as interested in writing as I am. To sum up my essential point, good writing needs some kind of process to keep the piece steady. That process doesn’t need to be formal in any way (whatever you’d describe a formal writing process anyways, maybe it’s driving to the closest wine tasting event for a few hours just to use your notebook), but keeping guidelines is always a good idea.
Once again, this is entirely my opinion. Just as long as you do you, that’s okay. Unless you get fired from your job at the newspaper. Then I’m sorry, you probably shouldn’t have used my tip. But thanks anyways for reading The ESSAYER!
Nicholas Lucchetto, The ESSAYER
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