Thursday, January 12, 2017

Polishing Up Your Writing

Writers stumble as they begin their freelance life. In addition to learning to market their writing, they also have to improve its quality, or it would be just another drop in the vast sea of aimless content on the net.

To be an effective writer, one has to train in these facets of writing and related activities. This list is not exhaustive. This is the writing process roughly as I see it. You may see it differently.

Reading: 

Here is where we gather the material out of which we find raw material for our thought, the foundation of our writing.

Reading consists of several components, broadly classified below:
  • Scanning the material
  • Rapid reading
  • Taking notes

Thinking

We can prod our mind to think on the subject with these steps:
  • Mind mapping to brainstorm
  • Outlining (organizing the ideas from mind mapping)
  • Alternate ways-think 'what if', juggle various possibilities in your mind. Sometimes you may get a breakthrough idea.
  • Consider the reader's needs (based on the persona you have given to him.her)

Writing

  • Consider the reader's needs (based on the persona you have given to him.her)
  • Mindmap- structure- outline
  • Freewrite on each subtopic in the outline
  • Editing, revising
  • Add information, references
  • Restructuring if any
  • Add images
  • Final check