In a previous post about finding time for article writing, I mentioned that there are several different tasks that you need to make time for. I started with brainstorming, and here are three more of them.
I like to write a minimum of two blog posts per week (and some of those will be full-length articles, but certainly not all of them), and I usually start the process with a drafting session. When I’m drafting, I develop my ideas into outlines or rough drafts of my articles, without too much concern for flow, grammar or readability. I really just want to get everything down – like a “brain dump.”
For more clues about the best way to start drafting your articles, check out this post about writing structures.
My writing sessions are more about refinement and detail – clarifying my main topic, checking the overall structure of my article, finding the links to previous blog posts, etc. I prefer to have a day or two between drafting and writing, so that I can get some space and perspective on the topic before I come back to the article.
Sometimes I proofread at that point as well, though ideally I will do that a few hours later or the next day – again, a little space does wonders to help me be objective and put myself in my reader’s shoes. In my proofreading session, I look for common writing, grammatical and typing errors.
When I choose to borrow (or hire) another set of eyes to help with proofreading, I have to plan extra time for that in order to meet my delivery date.
Article writing may seem like magic, but it just requires a series of specific and deliberate actions. Be sure to block out time in your schedule for all of these important article writing tasks.