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:
- Idea for something.
- 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.
- Add to, or re—read the article.
- 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.)
- Determine if article is worth posting, and then determine if I send it to James for editing.
- Fix typos as readers yell at me about them.
- 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.