You’re a Pre-processor!
As a Pre-processor, you do your best and fastest writing when there’s a gap between choosing and researching a topic and starting to write. You need that time to think about your topic, even if you’re not actively “working” but getting on with the rest of your life. If you don’t leave a big enough gap, it takes you much longer to write the same content and your first drafts are much rougher and need more work to polish them. You need to figure out how much preparation you need to do before you put the idea aside for a while, how long a gap you need to leave between research and writing, and how to organise your schedule so you get thinking time but can still meet deadlines.
3 tips for Pre-processors
- 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 pre-processor, it’s hard to strike the right balance between doing too much preparation too far in advance or not enough and too close to your scheduled writing time. You can make best use of your writing time by working out when to schedule your preparation to give you the ideal gap between reviewing background content and writing. You should also figure out whether you can generally get away with just collecting URLs and skim reading or if you need to really dig into the content and make notes or write an outline in advance.
- 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.