Want help finishing your newsletter, catalog, blog post, book, or even your artist statement? Listen up.
My friend and writing coach, Cynthia Morris, shared a secret with me.
Print It Out
Really? That's it? “Print it out” is all you have for me?
Yep, it's that simple. Or at least it's a good first step.
You see (and the rest of this is me talking, not Cynthia), we get so caught up filling the screen that we lose the heart of what we're doing. We forget the value of seeing the text in a different format.
Touching the words on paper gives us a fresh perspective.
Here's what I do:
- Write as much as I can on the computer before stuck-ness sets in.
- Print out the text.
- Use scissors to cut sections that seem misplaced.
- Lay the various sections on the floor and organize them until they make sense.
- Number the pieces in order so that I can rearrange them in the computer document.
Bonus Writing Secret
Here's another secret: Read your writing out loud.
Aha! Yet another sense. We've now added sound to sight and touch.
Before my book went to press, I read the entire thing out loud, including the credit pages.
In a similar vein, I love recording my class lessons because the process forces me to read the text out loud. I always find necessary changes during this process.
That's it: Type it, print it, rearrange it, and speak it.
Oh, and one more thing . . . Finish it!