Want to Write? Get a Plan

Almost all successful writing begins with a response to an idea, experience, problem, or question. It’s hardly ever random. And your response needs some kind of process, even if it’s a rather loose one, which is what I prefer, otherwise I get so caught up in the process of writing I never actually get pen to paper.

So as a jumping off point, any writing response requires the following process in order to get from A to Z successfully:

  • defining a purpose
  • knowing your audience
  • planning
  • drafting
  • revising
  • editing
  • revising
  • revising some more
  • proofing

You can craft your process based off of this one. It may take some trial and error to see what actually works for you; you’ll find it. And once you do, your writing will flow so much more smoothly for you. What it will never do, however, is go from idea to finished product without a number of steps in between. But wouldn’t that be nice for a change?

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One thought on “Want to Write? Get a Plan

  1. I dont agree with you at one point; Knowing your audience. I think I am supposed to write anything I want. Thats where it starts. me writing the story I am burning for. If an audience likes it, its goos, If not, Im not supped to be an author. But I can never write for an audience, Im always writing for me. Otherwise there would be no feeling fro the story. Just a commitment to make the audience happy, Im not making anyone happy but me when writing,. My pieces are personal 🙂 That makes them live.
    Maggie

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