Think first, then write

It is tempting to start writing from the first thought. I did it many times. But this is not productive. Immersion in writing, without thinking, and the development of the plan is a recipe spend time. Inevitably you end up throw away most of what they write, because it will not have a relationship to your project. It will look like a trip until you decide where you go. You will spend a lot of gas. The more you read what other people write, the better your letter becomes, so I advise you to go to to read the essay of other people. Each author can teach something to do - or avoid - in his own letter.

If you look like most adult Americans, you have little time reading for pleasure. Most likely since you have finished college, your choice of reading has become less and less. Instead of classical novels, you read the last thriller. Instead of sociological research, you read newspapers headlines.

However, if you want to improve your letter, you will need to read more diverse material. Twitter messages can teach you to be brief, while an opinion can give you a model for structuring written arguments. Reading the novels together with a sixth grader can teach you to describe characters and maintain the plot. One of my former editor, which worked at Once I advised me to read the classics of Cosmopolitan magazine to improve my letters skills. I give you this advice. Select what you usually do not read at least once a week, and find out that you can apply to your own letter.

Even when you deeply plunged into the project, often make pauses to think. Professional writers think a lot. They get up because of their tables and roam the room. Or they look at the ceiling, deciding what to say next. Do not interrupt this process. If you have a short time, write down the first thing that comes to your mind, because this text is better than its absence. If you have not sat down in a short time, start writing in the mind. Think what you are trying to say. Look at it from different sides.

Then sit at the computer or take the handle and take something. Your chances of getting something useful and related to what you do are increasing if you first reflect a little. It's like an old saying about the elections in Chicago: "Vote earlier and more often." Take a written axiom: "Think early and often." Your letter will be better from it. Web writing from should be different because we do not read web pages as we read a book or magazine. The light emitted by the computer screen may be sharp for our eyes. We can fight flare and insufficient contrast between letters and background. We may also have problems adjusting our screens and chairs to ensure comfort.

Even if the teacher has long set you bad estimates, it does not mean that you are actually a bad writer. Once I received less than a star rating for a written task, but there was only one critical remark on the article. When I asked the teacher, what else was wrong, he said something like: "I know that the work is not very good, but I can not explain what is the problem." Instead of constructive criticism and promotion to improvement, I received recognition in the ignorance of the teacher.

Many of us write only when needed, or many use to facilitate life. The boss instructs us to write a report, or we need to send a personalized note of sympathy. The letter can also help us understand what we think and feel. The presentation of thoughts on paper makes us systematize and supplement them. We see holes in our arguments and explanations. One thought on paper leads to another, and then to another, which many do not even think first.

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