One of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, components of writing is, for me, waiting to write.
I find it extremely challenging to hold back from putting pen to paper, and then fingers to keyboard. My research begins with reading, lots of it. But during that initial foray into the secondary material, I soon want to start writing things down.
Now, taking good notes is crucial to good thinking. But I have a huge project looming over my head. And deadlines to meet in a few weeks. How could I possibly not write when that’s exactly what I’m supposed to be doing?
Or am I?
I’m coming to understand that waiting to write is the key to good writing.
So what does it mean to wait, and not write? Some ideas:
- Articulating those thoughts in #1
- Making the plan in #2 strategic
- Refining the articulation of my thinking (#1 & #3)
- Scheduling the strategic planning (#2 & #4)
- Putting pen to paper, fingers to keyboard
That’s as simple as I can make it at this point. But the important thing to remember is that initial thoughts and plans need refining.
Without polishing and cutting and shaping the initial thoughts and schedule, the ideas generated by focussed reading remain just that; ideas.
And ideas without implementation are little more than daydreams.
Remember: wait to write. think. plan. refine. repeat. write.