How to have better WritingMaking writing better
During the last six month I've been at Buffer I' ve written a great deal. I have also tried to post on my own regular blogs and for my start, Exist. That'?s written a great deal. I also experimented with small changes in my work flow, my typing processes and the contents I produced during this period.
This results in an improved quality of my letter and a better comprehension of how I work best. I hope you find some of these things useful in enhancing your own letter. Suggestions are very important for my work. When someone reads about my letter, they can emphasize these problems and help me work out.
It' simple to get out of a play after a while and have difficulties resigning and seeing it in an objective way. It' s also tough to ignore the whole additional contexts I have in my mind up to this point and to see him as a readers who have little or no contexts on the subject.
Here, too, it really does help if someone else is reading my work. Whereas Leo is usually the one reading my Buffer blogs, we'll have an occasional chat in our Content Crafters room on HipChat and more of the staff will join in. It' surprising to get input and feed-back from different angles.
We' ve got a fairly good understanding of what works best for us on the buffer block but it' always interesting to try out new kinds of contents. Here is a listing of the different kinds of file format I have been experimenting with in recent months: lists, testimonials, opinions, instructions, features advisories, links broadcasts, articles about I like, interview-based articles.
As I try to create more types of contents, the more I find that certain things are true of several different styles (e.g., pictures usually make a contribution more interesting, regardless of the style). I' m going to have to work hard when I am writing a new kind of mail because it's not that easy.
One thing I want to try this year is to experiment with long-form contents and maybe even with an eBook or a PDF download. It' a new format that is interesting and frightening, and it's definitely a good idea if you want to expand your pen. Besides new file sizes or contents I have been doing a great deal of experimentation with my write processes over the last six month.
I am now at a point where I can make 3-4 postings for Buffer every weekly, 1-2 for Exist, and an additional one for my own private blogs every weekly if I am fortunate. A thing I have been experimenting a great deal with is the processes of brain storming, sketching and designing a work. It is usually easier to edit, and I'm sure many of you would accept that the first few words on the page (or screen) are one of the most difficult parts of it.
I can go directly to the video with my memos and sketch out the article, according to the kind of article I am posting and how research-intensive it is. I like to make a note on the page to familiarize myself with the subject for contributions that depend more on my own words.
This is useful to get an idea of the whole contribution and to work out the framework with which I will begin. Usually I like what Austin Kleon says about using papers to outline the idea first in his manuscript, Peal Like An Artist: With the computer, the cramped perfectionists come out in us - we begin to work on our own thoughts before we have them.
One other thing I have done more is to use textbooks to research subjects rather than blogs (or even blogs). This is also a more effective way for me to absorb and handle a lot of information on a subject, so the resulting contribution is of a higher standard than if I had tried to take the research directly from a diary and use it before I have fully understands it.
The most disgraceful distraction for me is my ability to study and research a comment. I' ve recently had a brief article by Fiery Cushman explaining the way humans deceive without realising it, and I'm sure that hesitation often works the same way for me: research shows that humans are inclined to deceive only as much as they can without realising that they are deceiving[Mazar, Amir & Ariely, 2008, Jour. Ultimately, Markag...].
If I realize that I am pulling my foot and should already be making a contribution, I like to recall this quotation from David McCullough: There' comes a point where you just have to stop and begin to write. But the other way I try to reduce my own trend towards wasting my own precious little bits of paper is to restrict what I do.
I' ve quit subscription to RSS and I' m much more cautious about the choice of items and blogs I want to see on line. This is where I most often get bogged down in contents that don't provide me with anything new or useful for my work, so posting about better typing, productiveness and checking listings from my bookmarks is now almost forbidden.
As I try to keep myself from spending my free moments with contents that are not useful to me, this often comes back to items that say the same things I've been reading a million years. As I get more reading, the more chance I have to develop new, imaginative thoughts or interesting perspectives for each subject I work on.
I think diverse backgrounds are just as important as a broad readership. In my own personal opinion, the more things I do, the more thoughts I have and the better my work is. That is not really in this contribution, as I have done much less of it in the last six month.
Unfortunately, I'm not good at reminding myself of everything I've been reading. If I have a notepad at hand or use an application to record something in digital form, quotations, words and sentences I like, interesting words and designs I have are always interesting and interesting. So what have you been doing to make your typing better lately?
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