Writing Tips - Planning

John Rossman By John Rossman, 2nd May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3804lg0l/
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When staring at a blank page, using a plan can help.

The problem. Blank page.

We all have faced it one time or another. The dreaded blank page. Lots of people stop writing at this stage of the process. Others call it writing block. They expect inspiration to just pop out any time and crank out great copy.
The problem with writing this way, is that you will most likely put out little to no words. Many quit, saying they have nothing to write about or it is too hard. Crafting a story, an article, or whatever you are writing is hardest when you try to come up with it on the fly. Some people can do it. Some can't. This is geared for those that need help with getting words on the page.

Writing does not have to be hard.

Just a little bit of planning can help out.

The Process

Writing can be done ad hoc, but professionals come up with a system. I am a big believer of keeping things simple so I use a simple system.

1. Plan
2. Write
3. Edit

The first stage of writing, other than coming up with an idea what you are writing about, is to plan out what you are writing. This need not be overly complex nor comprehensive. Just a list of what you are going to write about. This list is also not written in stone either. Feel free to change as you go.

For example: Today when writing this article, I came up with the idea of Writing Tips - Planning as my subject. I then broke it into a couple parts.

The Problem.
The Solution.

In each part I put down some things I want to write in that particular section.

This is just a bare-bones blueprint tool to aid you in writing. The interesting part is that the act of writing usually leads to more writing. Soon you will have words on the page. That breeds confidence in your writing also.

Writing. This is the part where you just write. Forget about getting it right the first time. That is what editing is for. Write before you edit. Do not edit while writing. This is like applying brakes constantly while driving down the road. You might get somewhere, but not fast.

Editing. This is where you go over your piece and check to see for grammar errors. Misspellings and other things that needs fixing.

In summary

This is just a tool. This is something I have been using for a while now and works for me. If it helps you out, great. If not, then discard it. Hope this helps.

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Writing, Writing A Novel, Writing Skills, Writing Tips, Writing Tips And Tricks, Writing Web Content

Meet the author

author avatar John Rossman
I was born in Montana, living now in Tacoma, Washington. Former Guardsman and Army soldier. Aspiring writer. Lover of good science fiction and fantasy books and movies.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd May 2013 (#)

Thank you John for the useful tips. They always help - siva

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author avatar Erika Gabie
3rd Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you :)
This helps and boosts confidence as well

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