Your Writing Process is Yours Alone

One of the best things you can do for yourself as a writer is give yourself permission to write the way you write. I’m not talking about breaking established rules in grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc. I’m talking about embracing your writing process.

Writing requires ideas and images that you bring forth in the form of words. You won’t write your best (nor will you enjoy writing the most) until you realize only you write the way you write so you may as well figure out your process and embrace it.

If you haven’t stopped to figure out your writing process before, here are some things to help you find out what works best for you.

  • Listen to your intuition. When something feels right, go with it and see how it works.
  • Experiment. Try outlining before writing, or don’t outline at all–just jump into writing. Start at the beginning and write straight through the way you want your article or novel to be read, or write the ending first and work your way toward it. Write what comes easiest first then fill in the gaps, or write from various angles/viewpoints and see which works best.
  • Take stock. When you get in the flow of your writing process, stop and take stock of how you got there so you can claim your own writing process.

There’s no rule that says everyone should write using the same process. If you write better in one consistent setting than in various places, do that. If a variety of places gets your writing juices flowing, go to those places and write.

Your writing process is as personal to you as your thoughts, your feelings, your expression of words. Discover your writing process and embrace it.

Happy writing!

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4 Responses to Your Writing Process is Yours Alone

  1. Jamie says:

    Well said, Sharron! It took me some time to learn my process which is to write unclear and unfocused first drafts. After about 10 rounds of revision, clarity emerges and I find I’ve actually written something good!

    • You probably wrote something good before your ten rounds of revision, but weren’t yet satisfied. Which brings up another point I used to teach in my classes when I asked students who they wrote for–the reader? themselves? the decision maker? all of the above? Answer: all of the above. However, depending on the topic and purpose, you may not write for all of the above all of the time.

      Thanks for the comment.

      • Jamie says:

        I always start by thinking I’m writing for the reader. Then when I’m finished and have had additional insight I realize I am mostly writing for myself and if it benefits someone else all the better!

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