We may each approach writing in our unique ways, but no matter what, some logical thinking needs to be behind the final product.
This applies even to “artistic” things like choosing a photo for an article, or designing a logo.
When I’m writing a formal paper or article, I first scratch out a rough outline or jot down a bullet-pointed list of what I want to touch upon.
With blog posts, I go more free-flow. Since I usually don’t have a clear idea of what I want to say beforehand, I just start typing as I think and see what comes out.
But whether I start with the structure already in mind or it grows organically from my pen, I always go back at some point and think through the logic of the piece.
What to ask yourself
Here are some things you might ask yourself when you’re reviewing your work:
- What is my main point here? What is my message?
- Does the progression of thought/ideas make sense? Does it flow? Is it not confusing?
- Are there any gaping contradictions or loopholes? (That may be OK but should be explicitly acknowledged in the writing itself. Otherwise, it detracts from your message.)
As I ask myself these questions, I reshuffle the order of things.
Sometimes I find that my main point has wandered from the original intent. I take the “wandering” to be a sign that I didn’t have enough material to make the original point and drop it.
Then, I read through again to see if I have enough to support the new message.
Sometimes, I set the article aside for another time—giving the idea a chance to ripen more. Or I may end up tossing it as unfeasible.
No matter your writing style or approach to writing, the point is to be aware that taking a step back and reviewing your work will improve your final product.
(And in fact, that’s what editors like myself are here for too!)
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