Writing about writing can feel very meta and this week especially! Someone asked “how do you prepare to write?” so here is literally a LIVE play-by-play outline of the process of preparing to write this article that may help you begin your next writing journey.
- Get A Goal
First and foremost, always start with clearly knowing what you want to achieve with your writing. Again, this particular article made this part of the process easy. I knew my goal was to provide insights into the writing process, so it didn’t require a long walk in the park to ponder ideas. If you do need a moment to work through your goal, that’s always a great activity to prepare yourself mentally to sit down at the computer.
2. Know Your Audience
The impossibility of pleasing everyone is a given, so don’t shy away from focusing on your target audience. In today’s case, we turned our attention to new writers still honing in on their developing their personal process. Being as practical as possible and providing tips was a priority. Knowing your audience will always influence your writing style and lead you to write in a way that appeals to your demographic.
3. Find Your Angle
We like to celebrate every author’s unique voice here at TheaterMakers and knowing what makes your point of view worthy of an audience’s attention will only enhance your writing process. Especially when dealing with a subject that has been written about many times before. In order to try to bring a fresh spin on the preparation process, I decided writing a live play-by-play about writing would be a fun and unique angle. Combining my process with my actual writing has proven to be the “two birds with one stone” method that worked best!
4. Outlines Work Wonders
My fourth point in this outline is to say “always outline.” Did I mention how meta this all feels? We’ve discussed recently the difference between the plotter and the planser, and this one is straight out of the plotter handbook. You can’t go wrong with laying out a beginning, middle, and end of your piece. Outlines offer a sense of security for writers but still allows freedom to explore should the muses whisk you away on an unplanned adventure. Divide your story in 3 acts using my favorite George M. Cohan structure: Act One get your main character up a tree. Act Two throw rocks at them. Act Three get them out of the tree. Simple and oh so effective!
Okay, so now you’re ready to actually write! Final prep includes making a steaming hot cup of coffee (or beverage of choice), opening that computer to a blank page, take a deep breath, and get to work!
The journey to typing “The End” begins with one keystroke.
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