I spoke Monday about a killer idea entering my head this weekend. This is the time when planning wasn’t necessary. I didn’t stop to plan anything I wrote for my life. This is okay. It is okay to go rogue sometimes. To ignore all the writing advice and do it your way. There is a song somewhere there.
I’m going to admit something shocking now. I hardly ever plan my articles. I have an idea and I write it. Although I always have a working title, it changes as the article grows. There are many occasions that the post changes considerably since the first inception.
Some writers would criticise this. Sometimes you need to know the rules to break them.
When planning is good.
For my crime series, I plan. The research and details that need to go into the post need a clear plan. When I wrote my Jack the Ripper series. I planned four articles at once.
The information I needed to provide over a series of posts needed to be carefully planned. If I hadn’t my readers would have ended up with a jumble of facts, with no clear path to follow.
When not to plan
With more personal pieces, a brain dump is the best idea for me.
If you do use this technique I would advise, that editing will take longer. It might be when you read the article you need to swap paragraphs around to make more sense. In the age of cut and paste, this isn’t hard.
On some occasions when I read posts back they rambled too much. This is fine, the elements of the article become several other articles. I take each element and develop them into a full article.
As a writer, we need to experiment.
Experimentation is a must for writers. Your statistics and readers will let you know whether it works or not.
If you always plan your work, write a post you don’t plan and see where that takes you. If you don’t plan, try planning an article. See where that takes you.
Whichever technique you use, you are the writer don’t be held back by rules, follow your path.
Let me know how you get on and which system you use.
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