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The Writing Factory

One of my clients has pointed out to me that through the course of encouraging people to write deliberately, I have designed a structured and highly repeatable processójust like a factory! He thought my creative sensibilities would be offended by this sort of business-plan thinking, but instead, I think his point is well taken. I want to take the mystery out of writing well, I want to prepare people for the tasks before them when theyíve got a writing assignment, and I want people to feel like they have the tools to produce reliably good work every time they sit down to write.

 

In these blogs, Iíve documented a clear process to follow for successful writing experiences. Even if you donít follow all of my recommendations, understanding the various parts of the process should make your work less painful for both you and your readers.

 

Letís take a quick tour of the factory. First, you learn about the structure of language and punctuation. Then you prepare to write by setting up a time and place, by doing the research, and by creating a plan for the coverage. Next, you do the actual writing, and finally you edit the daylights out of yourself. Iíve addressed all these parts of the process (and then some) in my blog already.

 

Read about the structure of the language itself, the building blocks for expression.

 

Next, you can read about the nuances of punctuation.

 

Itís time to sit down and look at the topic you need to cover and prepare to write.

 

Youíve done the hard part: the writing. At last itís time for the editing passes.

 

Iím a little surprised to find that I have written lots of useful blogs on what to expect when someone hires you to write, the different kinds of editors at a publisher and freelancing, choosing a publisher, and the legalities of the whole project. I have lots of ideas about more blogs to write, but Iíve already provided a pretty good foundation for you. So go out there and write well!

 

(This blog consists primarily of shameless references to my own blogs. Thereís a delicious snootiness to doing this, but I hope you find it useful too!)