When we were little kids, we used to listen to various stories from our parents before going to sleep. This beautiful practice has helped us to develop our mind into building our own world within ourselves. But the more we grow up, the more we think due to that creative part of our brain and the less we tend to put it into real action.
Let us give you an example of a similar situation.
Suppose you went for a morning walk outside your compound. You are covering a nice pond that is outlined with green tall trees completely. You really like this place a lot. Because you get fresh oxygen; it soothes your mind and body.
As you’re a regular walker so you’ve just bumped into an idea of writing your next article on Morning Walk: A Step Towards Healthy Paradise.
You get back home with all the excitement. You feel so happy because you think this would be really helpful to your daily readers. But when you start looking around, you remember that you need to get ready, take a bath because your office timing is getting nearer. You surround yourself with so many packed schedules that you’re left with almost half an hour to produce the content.
What happens next?
You get down to your laptop over your desk, but then you realize where have my words gone?
You just can’t put your thoughts into words. You had such a bright idea and now its completely vanished all of a sudden.
Do you know what just happened to you? Well, you’re lacking the ways to put your idea into words.
As a content writer, it is very much essential to ask yourself these questions,
- Am I thinking too much?
- What could be a simple possible way to present my complex thought?
Yes, sometimes thinking too much is bad for you. You must be concerned about whether or not you are thinking way much than it is at all needed.
The answer to the other question also takes some time to achieve. As a beginner, it is a normal tendency to complex up the thoughts that are really simple by nature. So the more you make a habit of unfolding the simple truth from your apparently complex thoughts, the more your content becomes visible as a complete one.
You have to understand, your content will be read throughout the internet. You never know who might be your reader. Each reader has his / her own level of understanding. But it is you, who is responsible for making them read and understand your contents. So the best way is to keep your content easy to make it comprehensible for everybody.
So how can you do it?
There are some techniques that we’re going to discuss here.
1. Freestyle Writing
This idea of FreeStyle is as follows,
- Write your ideas as soon you get them,
- Keep on revising in order to highlight your key idea,
- Keep on editing.
The general way that everybody follows is to start writing the content with whatever words or ideas come into their minds. You don’t need to scratch your head to use difficult words. Think about all the simple words, that can best represent your thoughts.
After writing a piece, keep it as it is for some time. Have a walk and then read it once again. Now try to figure out, if you’re feeling any difficulty in understanding the content or not. It would really be helpful if you can get someone else to read it.
This way you can reduce the difficulty level of your write up. Once you’re able to do that, half of you would be done. After working with numerous clients, now we have realized that people always go for easy to understand contents. Its is quite true because your clients don’t need Shakespeare to write their contents because they want it to be comprehensible for everyone.
Inspire Portal has come up with 6 Great Rules on freewriting:
Never pause while putting down your thoughts. Keep on writing until you’re done and are satisfied with your work.
Never edit while writing. Once you’ve written something, do not go for editing instantly.
Stop worrying about spelling, punctuation, grammar, line spacing, size or even margins etc.
Get yourself lose and into the flow of writing. Don’t think about anything else unless and until you feel you’re done with your ideas.
Stop being logical for the time being. It hurts your way of thinking.
If something extraordinary comes up into your way of writing that is scary or naked, go for it; sometimes it shapes your idea into a special dimension
2. The Carpenter Method
The second best method to design your thoughts into words is The Carpenter Method.
As the name sounds interesting, lets us know how does a carpenter performs his tasks and makes a great furniture piece?
Well, a good carpenter never goes for making a part of the whole furniture at a time and then joining it all together. It means he does go for making a part after which he spends time in perfecting it; then again he makes another part and perfects it. What he does is, first he builds the entire framework and visualizes on how it’s going to look from a macroscopic view. Next, he focuses on finishing each part of the entire furniture piece.
You may wonder how can we compare carpentry to a writing style!
When you want to put down your thoughts, you may follow this style.
- Choose the central idea of your content,
- Generate an overall outline of your content,
- Put down your rough idea,
- Revise the content,
- Edit, Edit, Edit.
Sounds similar to the carpenter’s plan, doesn’t it? So at first, you need to understand clearly what furniture you’re going to build, here you need to be clear about your content idea or the main topic. Then outline your thoughts such as to keep the main points in your mind.
Now it’s time to write down whatever comes across your mind. Don’t worry much about how it’s going. Rather keep the draft rough as it occurs to you.
When you are down with the previous two steps, it’s time to revise and finding the gaps out of it. In this phase, you may find many points you’ve missed and you want to add them to beautify it. Finally, keep on editing till the final moment; the more you edit and give your finishing touch, the more influential your writing becomes.
3. Knitter’s Method
A slightly different method, then the other two discussed above, is The Knitter’s Method.
The freestyle writing gets the total idea together at first. While the carpenter method begins with a small chunk of a specific idea.
Both the freestyle and the carpenter method keeps the final editing at the last, whereas the knitter’s approach to editing is done at the beginning itself. Let’s see how it is actually accomplished.
A knitter creates such beautiful cloth pieces, but from the beginning, he/she is quite concerned about the final outcome. So when you see a piece of unfinished cloth you can get an exact idea about the product, you can assume what it is going to be in some time.
So the process can be understood as follows.
- Write a small piece,
- Pause and take a break,
- Make it perfect at the same time.
This process is quite interesting in its format. You need to start by writing a small piece of content. Then you go back read it again and again. After that you make the changes required a number of times before you complete other threads of your content in order to make it perfect.
Experienced writers generally follow the knitting approach of writing, as they have this flair habit of writing while keeping their ideas alive most of the time. But for a beginner, it is not that much easy, and it is best advised for them to follow Freestyle and Carpenter’s Approach as far as possible.
Few More Words
Before ending our post here, we would like to share a few more words that are really essential to remember.
- Choose your ideas and topics wisely. Your readers are not going to read something, that is completely irrelevant and adds no value to their time invested.
- Try to be specific as much as you while you’re still in your ideation phase.
- Choosing simple has the power of doing wonders in the world!
- Keep your sentences as short as possible when it is necessary.
- Readers always prefer writings in Active Voices. Use more sentences of that kind and ignore passive sentences as far as possible.
- Short paragraphs are must when your idea needs to be focused for a short interval of time.
- Delete all the unimportant words.
- Beware of repeating your thoughts over and over again.
- Edit multiple times to make your content excellent!
I hope that now you have a thorough understanding of how you can transform your thoughts into words that can create an impact.
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Arkaprabha Das is the Founder & Editorial Chief at The Strong Traveller. He has always been a man of many caps. Apart from being an MBA professional, he is a full-time freelance writer and possesses the mind & heart of a true entrepreneur! You can always reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.