You’re a Pantser!
As a Pantser, you’re happy to plunge into writing as soon as you get an idea for your topic. But your first drafts tend to be chaotic: missing key content and full of half-written sentences and unfinished ideas. It takes a lot of time and effort to edit them into something that’s ready to share. You need to work out how to make sure your thoughts are more organised while you’re writing, along with ways to shorten the time you spend editing and proofreading.
3 tips for Pantsers
- Identify your writing “golden hour”. There are times in the day (or week) when we’re likely to find writing easier. We’re in the right mental, physical and emotional state to do the intellectually hard labour of writing. Scheduling writing activities at those times means you’re much more likely to produce more (and better) words in the time available.
- Get your preparation right. As a pantser, you probably think you don’t need to do any preparation — but then you find you’re wasting writing time looking things up or or simply getting stuck when you can’t figure out what to say next. And your drafts are such a mess you spend longer editing them than writing them. Working out the small number of key things you need to know – even if that’s just SEO keywords – before you start writing will help you create better first drafts that are easier and quicker to edit.
- Learn the right way to edit (your) drafts. Turning rough drafts into polished and engaging content is about far more than fixing spelling and grammar issues. In fact, proofreading is just one of 9 areas you need to tackle as you find and fix the “faults” in your first drafts, from ensuring the content is complete to making sure it’s concise, clear and easy to read. Knowing which issues are most likely to crop up in your writing means you can step through those 9 areas in the most efficient way.
Beat the Blank Page
If you need a guide to how to use your Writer Type to put together the perfect combination of processes, tools and techniques for YOU, that will let YOU write content more quickly and easily, with less stress, then my Beat the Blank Page workbook is for you.
Across 9 modules, Beat the Blank Page presents a wealth of options for you to choose from, together with questions, exercises and journal prompts to help you decide which approaches are the best fit for you and how to implement them.