Divide Your Writing Project into Manageable Tasks

8 years, 7 months ago - February 05, 2013
Sometimes the worst part of writing an email, proposal, or pitch is getting started. Get over the hurdle by approaching the project as a series of manageable tasks. Poet, writer, and teacher Betty Sue Flowers envisions the steps as belonging to four different characters in your brain:
  • Madman. Start by voraciously gathering research and other materials for the project, diligently keeping track of quotations and sources.
  • Architect. Then organize the madman’s raw material into a sensible outline. Distill your ideas into three main propositions.
  • Carpenter. Following the architect’s plan, write as quickly as possible — without worrying about perfecting your prose.
  • Judge. Lastly edit, polish, and improve the piece. Do this in several distinct passes, each time focusing on only one element of your writing.
Text by Harvard Business School Publishing

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