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Whether Writing an Article, Report or Book, Writing Like Thinking is a Learned Process

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It is sometimes very difficult to go with the flow when writing. It is during these times that you must really learn to trust yourself, to trust the language and use your natural voice. Without that trust you will find yourself hamstrung and frustrated starring forlornly at a blank page.

If you try to force a voice that is not your own natural voice, especially when you are working on your initial draft you will lose the plot – You lose track of what you are writing about and come to a standstill.

Writing does not come naturally to us. Writing like thinking is a learned process. In fact, much of what is passed off as thinking has nothing to do with the thinking process but mere memorisation and pavlovian reactions to external stimulus. If you don’t believe me just take a look at the comments posted by people to mainstream online newspapers.

We also block the free flow of thought by doing such arcane self-destructive mental processes as self-censorship even though no one can read our minds.

The biases of the society we found ourselves in and the pavlovian reactions to the impositions of society on our psyche bears witness to this. Spontaneity is lost through fear.

You no longer hug a child that is not your own even when that child is hurt; you don’t hug a colleague when things go well or badly; you no longer say what is on your mind for fear that the thought police will be onto you bringing obscure laws to bear against you.

As a writer you may have to unlearn many of the biases and thought constrains society has imposed on you since early childhood.

As long as you remain a somnambulist or sleepwalker in your daily life refusing to wake up you will not be able to write freely as too many subjects will remain close to you. As long as you are paralyzed by fear you cannot innovate and move forward.

The writer’s craft is easier to describe than to teach. There are so many different approaches one could use each with their own strengths and weaknesses. I have no illusion that the task is a difficult one.

A short cut in article writing is to take articles; break them down; rebuild them in your own words; add your thoughts about the subject into them and ‘voilà’ you have started – you are on your way to creating your own work – innovating, not copying.

For most of us innovation is a gradual and continuous process that never stops and not a spectacular jump into the future as many would let us believe. Intelligent writing will only happen in incremental stops bit by bit.

You have to learn to be adaptable and collaborative in your writing.

When you start out with your writing you may find that you are more often than not influenced by what you have read or heard in the past. This is normal. Analyze your influences and make your own judgement based on your own experiences.

You should try to be completely consistent in your communication, visually and verbally, using an appropriate tone of voice.

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When you write a book, report or article you have to start with a purpose. Ask yourself why you feel the need to write the book, report or article.

Wanting to write a book, report or article in order to make money is not the right answer, because it is not the purpose of the book, report or article. It should be created to inform or entertain, to communication your thoughts and ideas to others.

If you don’t have something to communicate you won’t sell and therefore you will not make any money.

You can string words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into an article or the chapters that will ultimately make up your report or your book but if there is nothing holding them together, such as a theme or idea, then you have nothing.

Therefore your first step is to have a theme or idea about which you want to write about after which you have to try to move towards your conclusion in a logical step-by-step fashion.

It all sounds so obvious and yet many fail for lack or an idea or theme and for lack of logical sequence.

It may be prudent for you to plan what you are going to write about before jumping in with both feet. Jumping in with both feet does not make for coherent writing, especially if you are a novice.

With experience you will be able to write without a plan.

When writing you should realize that you cannot please everyone; nor should you try to. If the end product pleases you and provokes a reaction in your readers then you have succeeded in your endeavor.

If you have a good source of information and interesting anecdotes you can think of publishing a genuinely independent newsletter. As owner, editor and publisher you will have no other paymasters other than your subscribers.

If you are honest and passionate about what you write your observations and information is in a good prose using good grammar while being sensitive but not sentimental, your readership will grow.

I would like you to stop and think about the following:

Knowledge is only valuable when it is used.

Knowledge is renewable and expanding.

Although there appears to be a glut of information, the real information is often buried under meaningless filler, trivia, disinformation, statistic and lies. This devalues the information.

The source of the information is becoming ever more important in order to ascertain the value of the information received.

You should always strive to deliver value to your reader. Selling becomes a by-product of having provided value to your readers and customers.

I’ll leave you with the following quotes:

The best part of every man’s education, is that which he gives himself.”

 – Sir Walter Scott

 

One needs only to only to know the letters of the alphabet in order to learn everything that one wishes.”

 – Edmund Stone

 

It is necessary to plan and to organise in order to get rich. Staying poor is very easy; poverty needs no plan”

 – Napoleon Hill

 

Until the next time,

With warmest regards,

Alain

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