It helps you Write Better, Easier & Faster
Writing is hard because we weren’t taught to write, says Richard Andersen, author of Writing That Works. Instead, we were taught how to edit — how to spell, punctuate and use the right grammar.
Instead of trying to do all of this work at the same time, we need to take writing step by step. (Or Bird by Bird, for Anne Lamott aficionados.)
The best writing process breaks writing up into discrete steps:
- Prewriting. Here’s where you get ready to write. In this step, you conduct your research, find your story angle and organize your ideas.
- Freewriting. Write it down. Don’t worry about grammar and spelling. Just get words on paper so you can revise them in the next step.
- Rewriting. Here’s where you polish your final product. Only now do you let the grammar police in.
Why the three-step writing process?
The folks who study the writing process say that writers who divide their writing into discrete steps are:
- Less likely to suffer from writer’s block
- More likely to meet their deadlines
- Unlikely to get stressed out in the process
Put your effort at the top.
Most writers invest little time in the prewriting phase, focusing instead on fixing a lame draft in rewriting.
Turn that investment upside down: Spend the bulk of your time getting ready to write, less time writing and the least time fixing what you wrote.
The result: You’ll soon be writing better, easier and faster.
Work with — not against — your brain
While we talk a lot about what to write — More stories! Fewer words! Shorter sentences! — we don’t focus so much on how.
Writing is hard because we weren’t taught how to write. Instead, we were taught how to edit: how to spell, punctuate and use the right grammar.
But there is a how to writing. Learn a few simple steps that will make your writing time more effective and efficient at How to write Better, Easier & Faster — our writing-process workshop starting Dec. 12.
You’ll learn to invest your time where it’ll do you the most good … stop committing creative incest … even save time by editing before writing.
Save up to $100 with our group discounts.