Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How to Make Your Writing Flow

Writing can be like driving a car. There are days when everything is smooth and continuous, some days it can be boring, some days you can get lost and have to find your way back. There will also be days when you run out of gas and can go no further. When this happens, it can be very troublesome, particularly if you have a deadline to meet. So how do you make your writing flow? 

Use an outline.

Before you begin a writing project, write a short, simple outline about the topic. Use headlines, sub-headings and a list of topics under each one. This will serve as a map for what to write. This is also a good reference if you wish to have an overview of how the writing will progress and be unveiled to the reader. This will help make your writing flow just when you need it most.

The outline will also help control your writing. Sometimes you can get carried away by emotions, mood or inspiration. The result - you produce too much content that you probably won't need to make your writing worthwhile. With an outline, you know exactly the kind of ideas you want to use and exclude those that do not belong.

Use an idea book.

Inspiration can strike from anywhere. When it does, you can't really choose the time or the location. It happened to Michael Jackson once, when he was on board a plane. The music and lyrics to a song came to him, but since he couldn't write music and had no recording device with him, he had to endure the long flight with the music ringing in his head.

It was only when the plane touched down, and he could finally record the music that he could write the song. The song, titled 'Muscles', later became a hit for diva Diana Ross.

Like Jackson, how often have you been touched by the Muses only to find out that you have nothing to write with because you're in the middle of something? 

Make sure that when you're blessed with an idea, you're ready. Keep a small notepad with you at all times. When an idea comes, write it down immediately. Don't wait. Memory can be very slippery and confusing so don't rely on it too much. Write the idea down, record it, paint it, illustrate it - anything that will help remind you later. So when it's time to write, you can make writing flow and not have any problems producing a final piece.

Allow topics to transition.

To make writing flow, allow relational progression from one topic to the next If you have an outline, this is rather easy to do because you have a sense of which topic to write about in the next sentence or paragraph.
Don't try to impress or worry about grammar. You can go back through your writing to edit. Always let the first draft flow without editing.

You can't make your writing flow if you keep getting distracted by other tasks such as editing or proofreading. Forget about these things at first. Your job is to write, so do it and stop worrying about correct grammar or spelling. If you're using a word processor, making the corrections will be a breeze later. Write as the thoughts come to you and don't interrupt.

Review what you've written.

In many cases, when you're stumped in the middle of an writing, you can refresh your mind by going through what you have already written. This will help remind your brain of the message you're trying to get across.
Write. Just write. Write now!

Oftentimes, the best way to make your writing flow is to keep writing. Again, worry about the outcome later. You can always go back and make revisions. For now, write what you know, unleash your creativity and keep writing.


  1. Thanks. This article helped me a lot :)

  2. Thanks Todd. Your article is a great starter to get the creative juices flowing so that one can start writing. ;-)

    Writing an outline is a helpful approach.

    I like to write a first draft of an article. Then return to it later with a fresh eye to finalise the article.

  3. Whew! Thank you! This is what I have been doing. It's good to see confirmation when you wonder if what you're doing is right or not. Saves a lot of time.


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