In this stage of the process you are ensuring that what you have written is correct and complete. This typically involves two types of editing: macro-editing and micro-editing. Macro-editing involves an iterative process of filtering, organizing and expanding ideas whereas micro-editing involves word usage, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure. Refinement is an ongoing process and will … Continue reading Refine – Polish your writing (but let it still be a little rough)
Often times when my clients share that they find it hard to write they are really talking about expanding their writing. This process of expanding your writing is when we enter into the flow of writing or we feel like we are in the zone. The state of flow is a phenomenon that was extensively … Continue reading Expand – Finding Your Flow
I like to think of the organizational structure of a paper or grant like a coat rack for your reader to hang all of your ideas on. If there’s no coat rack, then everything just ends up falling onto the floor and the message is lost. With a structure in place it allows your reader … Continue reading Create Structure to Create Ease
We have all met someone who doesn't seem to have a filter. The person that just puts it all out there and there's no space or pause between what they are thinking and what they are saying? I hold a small place in my heart for these folks because I (not so) secretly envy them … Continue reading Using a Filter – A Critical Step to Avoid Overwhelm
How do you generate and capture your ideas? How do you manage them? Do you have a flood of ideas or do you feel like sometimes the well is dry? I encourage you to try treating your ideas like little treasures that you are collecting. I am not always sure where or when I will … Continue reading Ideas – The starting point of every writing project
We have all stared at the blank page when we sit down to write and it can feel daunting and hard to get started. We feel like we need a big slot of time, or we need to have all the conditions just right (if you are anything like me - quiet, a cup of … Continue reading Writing is a Process and You Are In It
We procrastinate about writing because we inevitably do not feeling like writing. We need to plan ahead of time to manage not feeling like writing until it becomes more automatic for us. Here are four steps to stop procrastinating when writing: Ask yourself why you are writing and write down your compelling reason for writing. It … Continue reading 4 steps to Stop Procrastinating When Writing
Acknowledging that you don’t feel like writing is part of becoming a writer. The space between not feeling like writing and writing a page is writing even when you don’t feel like it. When you start to write, even if you like writing or want to write, you will very rarely “feel” like writing and … Continue reading Why Don’t I Feel Like Writing?
Deadlines create a sense of impending doom that is motivating - it’s called fear. Our brain loves fear. It knows exactly what to do with fear. Take action or hide. When I wake up with an external deadline looming that I am behind on I have a sinking feeling in my belly and, after I … Continue reading What is Really Happening When You Have a Writing Deadline
Did you know that Da Vinci shared some of his artwork but his drawings and designs were not shared as he was creating them. He used sheets of paper to draw, make notes and observations, which were later bound as books. He had 100s of inventions that were before his time – from a flying … Continue reading Do you have something in common with Da Vinci?