On Writing

Mr. Blanc on writing:

I wait to get started because I assume that if I don’t write something magical and clever as I’m typing it for the first time then I certainly won’t be able to improve upon it in the editing and re-writing process.

I’ve only felt the fear that Shawn describes when someone asks me to write something for them (e.g The Magazine, etc). I hate that, I hate that process, and I hate doing it because it locks me up.

Typically I’m too busy to write drafts. Typically if I have time to write, I better make words appear because that time is few and far between. So my typical “process” is:

  1. Idea for something.
  2. Write, or at the very least make a note of my thought with the post title (yep select that before I write) and my main point I want to convey.
  3. Add to, or re—read the article.
  4. Re—read article only if step three was add to and not re-read. (I only re-read things once, unless they get over 1000 words, then I read twice with the second reading trying to make sure flow is right.)
  5. Determine if article is worth posting, and then determine if I send it to James for editing.
  6. Post.
  7. Fix typos as readers yell at me about them.
  8. Back to work.

Over thinking writing always nets me a blank page, so from day one I have just put words down whenever I get time, or am so inspired.

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by Ben Brooks
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Mr. Blanc on writing: I wait to get started because I assume that if I don’t write something magical and clever as I’m typing it for the first time then I certainly won’t be able to improve upon it in the editing and re-writing process. I’ve only felt the fear that Shawn describes when someone […]