Here’s how I write. I apply many methods but each is preceded by a thinking process that I call, chewing. Typically, I’ll have an idea for a piece while doing something else. Then I ruminate on it for a while until it occurs to me, “This could be an article!”
I put down the points (or a working title) in a notepad on my phone, and then I leave my thoughts for a while. Sometimes if the idea is really strong, I’ll pen the first paragraph in a flash of inspiration. Over the next couple of days, I’ll think about the thread in greater detail. I’ll begin to create the flow in my head. I rarely go back to my main notes until I’m ready to script the full article. Maybe I’ll add to the original list of points, but I’ll think through the topic until it’s fully formed in my head.
When I’m ready, I’ll release all my thoughts into the article. See, I write with passion. Because I care about the things I write about, I empty myself. Sometimes, I get really tired afterwards; like energy has left me.
I dislike detailed research. Articles that require data sometimes take me months to complete. It’s why I’m not sure I can commit to a regular newspaper column. I would be constrained by the research that’s required.
The articles I write immediately without much chewing are scripted when I’m sad (or troubled). In those moments, I need an outlet for the negative energy, so I just write.
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