My Writing Process
Posted: Oct 06 2015
Writing can be such a fun and rewarding experience. When you are able to successfully translate ideas into words so that those words connect with people and move them to an emotion, there's nothing quite like it. Arriving at that point, however, can be excruciating, frustrating, and can even make you question your own intelligence and sanity in the process. Everyone's writing process is different, but here are a few things I try to do when I write.
Set the Tone
Before I start writing, I try to determine the tone of the piece I am writing. What do we want the audience to feel? What do we want them to know? What do we want them to do? Answering these questions up front helps to keep me on track.
Find Your Center
Once I figure out the tone and direction, I try to find the one word, phrase, sentence or idea that will be the focal point of the piece. This isn't always easy, but I keep writing until I find it. Once I do, I center everything else around that central thought.
Cut the Fluff
I am typically a long-winded writer, so once I have the first draft completed the real work begins. Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said, "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to cut." This can be applied in all creative endeavors, but it is especially true in writing. Keep cutting away the fluff until you can't cut any more away.
The most important part of the process for me is getting honest feedback from people I trust. It can be easy to spend so much time thinking through a project that I lose perspective and objectivity. Having others involved in the process always makes it better.
That's my process. What's yours? I'd love to hear from you!