My greatest intention has always been to write the very best works that I can, every time. It is something I can achieve if I have a plan before I start. My action starts by writing out the plan. I have learned that this method works well for me.
Usually I write long hand, so I get lots of sheets of A4 paper and a few good pens, and I categorise each sheet before I begin. I already have a fair idea of the topic in the first instance, but then I break it down into chapters, or headings. Each sheet has one heading on it and then I can write underneath within those guidelines.
Eventually I have to put it all together, but once the bulk of the writing is done it is easy to create the linking paragraphs or sentences.
Most of my ebooks are planned this way. Doing it on A4 sheets of paper means I can move the pages around, change the order, before I type anything up. It makes it much easier for me to manage everything and I don’t get so confused with technical computer type stuff! In fact Paul Wolfe advocates the ‘outline and bundle‘ method. Essentially it is based on writing your ebook in chunks, then putting it all together. Darren Rowse of Problogger also uses this method. It isn’t something I learned from these people, it is something I have always done. Great to know the big wigs use it too though!
The interesting part for me is the creation stage, moving sheets of paper around, laying them out (usually all over the floor!), and then seeing the end product when I type it up and make it look neat and presentable. I rarely suffer from writer’s block because I write everything in small chunks, so I am not looking at the project as a whole, just small steps, individually. If you do get writer’s block yourself you may like to read Debarpan’s post about overcoming this. You can read his post here: 5 Tips To Overcome Writer’s Block. Indeed a great way to think of anything large is to view it as a series of short blog posts that you then put together.
In my efforts to help people to learn to blog in a better, more effective way, I often talk a lot about writing properly, good grammar, correct spelling (taking into account the US/UK English, of course!), and using the appropriate punctuation. It is something I find lacking in a lot of writing, which is a shame. I truly believe the written word should be readable, and sometimes it just isn’t.
In addition to this it offends my eyes when the typing is not good, when there is constant mis-spelling, poor grammar, incorrect punctuation. The occasional mistake is always going to happen, I make them all too often, but it is the very poor standard that I find difficult to read.
So my planning is very important, I research and check everything, then I type it up and make sure it is presented in a readable fashion. I often write as I speak, so hopefully this helps the reader to find it easy to read!
I also had to learn about blog carnivals when I first started using them. It was a great learning for me and has enabled me to get involved with this PAC Blogging Carnival, so if you would like to read more posts from people who have entered the Carnival just click the banner below and you can see all the participants in one place!