Get Organized And Be A Better Writer
To begin an assignment, I write down everything about the subject. Then I arrange the information in a coherent way.
I ask questions about the information you’ve collected:
Is there a better word that I can use here? Does this sentence work better here or over there? Do I move this paragraph up or down? What’s the best way to say this? Can I draw my reader in here? Is the reader bored over there? Is this phrase or word repetitive?
Writing is a process. Many new writers don’t seem to realize that stellar writing comes about after producing revision after revision after revision. I arrange the words for impact.
I enjoy the polish the most. I love to lose myself in the words.
Examine your work as both a whole and line by line, sentence by sentence. Then check for spelling, grammar and punctuation. Is it finished? Put it away in a drawer for awhile. Then go back and review it. You’re sure to make changes.
In my mind, a piece is never completely finished. There’s a deadline to be met. So, I work to deliver the best piece that I can (to polish it until it gleams) within the allotted time frame.
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