I am so excited to be on Editor’s page of The Scoop, our Toastmasters club’s magazine. After all, this has been a long and somewhat lost dream. This is certainly BIG for me to be the editor!
In the editor’s note, I share what sowed the seeds of becoming an editor in my mind long back. Sometimes, we get clues about what we want to do in the most unusual places and unexpected times. If you are still looking for what you are meant to do, pay attention to these times. Because teacher appears when the student least expects it.
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I love to write blogs in my free time. Well, actually, there is no free time in life.
Don’t you hate it when someone pings and says , “Are you free?”
(Yes, I’m completely free. I was just waiting for you to ask. Thank you so much!)
One has to make time for everything one wants to do.
Haven’t called your good old college chums in years?
You didn’t have the time? Well, reality is that you didn’t make the time. Possibly because it was way down on your priority list.
It’s life. It happens. No need to feel guilty about it. If you wanted to call, you would have.
The point is, if you want to write, then all you need to do is make time for it. And if you are able to do just that, then congratulations! You are already a writer!
I am happy to share my writing process with you. Your’s could already be or could end up being better than mine. Please share with me if it isn’t too confidential.
My Six Step Blog Writing Process:
1. Capitalize on Your Trillions. There are trillions of thoughts that run through our mind each day. All I do is be conscious of these and not let all these thoughts just come and go. I draw a vertical line on my notepad to capture some of these ideas as the day progresses. I call this notebook section ‘—live streaming—‘!
2.Bring it Down to a Title!These are still many random ideas and thoughts. One can’t possibly use and write about everything. I capture over a couple dozen such thoughts per day. I let these thoughts play together in my head generally in the alone time. The time when I am taking a walk or driving alone. After some playtime, I pin all these down to a “theme”, followed by a “title”.
3. Speak it Out.Crazy as it may sound, but it works! Don’t prepare before your recording. All the madness automatically arranges itself in a beautiful fashion. The relevant ideas crystallize and the unimportant filter out. Fresh new ideas add! It’s like magic!
4.Use Your Toolkit. I use many tools. One Note, Mind-mapping tools like IDEAS i-Phone app, Quotes app, InStatus. Use whatever works for you but don’t get carried away or go overboard. If a journal does it for you, that’s perfect too. This is just to help add toppings on top of your pizza when it is ready.
5. Let it Cook!Don’t do anything for a while about this. May be go to sleep. I do that and when I get up, I play my recording and write it down verbatim. While I was asleep, my subconscious mind had done a lot of processing on its own.
6. Garnish It. Your pizza is now ready. Add the toppings. Read it like someone from your audience was reading it. Request someone else to review it. I ask my wife. She always beings in a different perspective! Add some quotes and images.
Press the Publish button. Post the link on Facebook and Twitter!
Celebrate and be thankful for each likeand each commentyou get.
Consider the feedback but don’t kill your self or your blog over it.
Many people stop writing after one critical comment. Worse still, many people who get wonderful feedback think this writing was their life’s masterpiece. So, even they stop writing!
Remember, this is just the beginning and there is no end…!
Well, that’s it. Welcome to the club. The Blogger’s Club!
Hope you like this post. I am so looking forward to hearing about the method you use in your writing.