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Taking copious notes prevents you from forgetting things and saves you the time you would spend searching for it again.
Whether you have a notebook handy or an app to capture something digitally, keeping track of quotes, books you've read, phrases and words you like, interesting concepts, and ideas you have is worth the effort.
Writing in different styles and formats lets you find and hone aspects that apply to multiple formats. You also get to exercise your skills as the writing won’t come as easily as it would if you were writing in the style you’re comfortable with.
"There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing."
The wider the information and experiences you have, the more chances you have to generate new, creative ideas or come up with interesting angles for what you want to write about.
New formats are exciting and scary, and definitely worth doing if you want to stretch your writing muscle.
Try new kinds of content (articles, opinions, announcements, etc.) and play with different formats, to see what works best (images usually make a post more interesting, regardless of format).
Having feedback can help you spot issues you tend to overlook. Also an uninvolved opinion also prevents you from investing on something that is bad because you are emotionally attached to it.
Experimenting with different technologies, methods, environments, and schedules is really helpful in determining what works and what doesn't and can increase your efficiency.
Researching, note-taking, brainstorming, outlining, and drafting are particularly useful for the initial phase of writing.
It's easy to unintentionally keep researching or reading or tweeting and not writing to the point it becomes procrastination. To fight against that, limit the time you spend on those activities and stop subscribing to sources of content that don’t add to your work.
Reading and researching a post are the most nefarious distractions. It's so much easier to keep researching or reading or tweeting and not get around to putting words down.
Try different methods, environments, and schedules in your quest for a workflow that suits you.
Experimenting is really helpful in determining what works and what doesn't.
Be open to reading more fiction, more nonfiction, more research papers, to help you add knowledge to your life.
The more widely you read, the more chances you have to generate new, creative ideas or come up with interesting angles for what you write about.
It will help you with keeping track of quotes, books you've read, expressions and words you like, interesting concepts, and ideas you have.
Design your days around your work. Yes, there are other important things you have to take into consideration, but keeping your eyes your work signals that you are committed to getting your work done no matter what.
You can wear whatever you want, you can work from the couch, you can work at 2 AM or 6 PM, using any type of app you like.
Define Your Reader Personas
This will help you tailor your content to meet their needs & build trust.
What most people don’t realize is that it’s often not actually the writing that is difficult. It’s the thinking behind the writing.
“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard." - David McCullough
Writing is essentially a robust tool that enables us to clarify and communicate our thoughts. While writing, you are forcing yourself to think critically and exercise parts of your brain that are typically on auto-pilot. As Einstein once said, “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
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