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You’re a Planner!

As a Planner, you like to do lots of research, make notes and create a clear outline before you start writing your draft. When you create your first draft, it’s usually close to the final version and only requires a little editing and polishing. But you often get stuck in a spiral of procrastination, where you feel you’ll be ready to write only when you’ve done just a little more preparation. You need to figure out just how much preparation is “enough” and how to overcome your writer’s block.

3 tips for Planners

  1. 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.
  2. Get your preparation right. As a planner, it’s easy to spend too much time on preparation. Working out what you absolutely need to do and, more importantly, what’s not necessary will shorten the time you spend on creating content. You’ll be able to create templates that ensure you do just the right amount of preparation for each type of content — and no more.
  3. 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.