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What is the best way to become more organized while writing? I would love to use my time more efficiently. I tend to have a lot of great articles, ideas for books, but they don't seem to come together in an organized way. Thank you Jeff!

a year ago

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(I can only tell you what works for me.)

When I write articles, I start by simplifying what I want to say. An article should only have one main point; otherwise you're trying to do too much. Of course you need to support that point. So let's say I'm writing something practical, like, oh, how to lose 10 pounds in 30 days. I bullet out the main steps first. Then I flesh those out. Then I write a quick introduction that sets the stage, and if necessary (it isn't always) write a quick close. Always remember that the meat of the post is what matters, not an elegant introduction... sometimes the introduction can be one sentence. Focus on the journey you want to take the reader on -- to be more motivated, more informed, more able to accomplish something, whatever it might be -- and work on that first. Then the introduction and summary will often write themselves.

And finally, don't force it. I write 600 to 800 word articles in about 25 minutes. If it is taking longer, that means I haven't figured out what I want to say. Decide what you want to say before you start writing. Don't try to discover it along the way, because that usually is a huge waste of time.

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