How long do you take to think about a subject you want to write about before you write the article.
I take far too much time just thinking about a subject before I begin to write. I feel like I am crippling myself by not just jumping in and writing.
Hey Mary, long time no write to! I haven't written here in months, in fact, I haven't written on the other site either, but when I do there's usually an event that triggers it. I'll see something referred to, or someone will bring up a subject and I'm off an running.
I'm still writing my weekly newspaper column, but haven't done anything else. My day job keeps me busy 6 days a week, so there isn't much time. And I'm also doing a freelance job re-writing and "Americanizing" an Argentine dog breeding site.
I did have an amazing event occur here a few days ago. I wrote a hub two years ago about why ladybugs swarm your house this time of year (here in the Northeast). Over a 3 day period this past week it got over 41,000 views (mostly from Facebook) and generated $234.00 in income! I'm still stunned. Things have quieted down now, though, and I'm back to earning 8 cents a day Great to see you again!
I'd have to say I don't think about them for very long between the time I decide what a hub will focus on and actually writing that particular hub. I have a long list of ideas for hubs and almost all of them are things I've thought about for quite a while already or discussed with other people several times. Other people may have different approaches to writing their hubs.
The only way I could imagine you "crippling" yourself would be if you want to write a lot of hubs in order to have more views and earn a little more money - something I don't worry about because I don't write here for that purpose. Otherwise, I would view giving a lot of thought to each hub to be a good thing. Well-thought out hubs would probably be much more interesting and contain better information because you take the time to organize your thoughts and the information.
Think about famous or well-known novelists. Some can crank out a novel every six months to a year while others may take years to write one novel. In the end, the length of time it takes to write doesn't matter. What counts is the quality of the work.
Something has got to click in my head that says, "Write about this." If it seems important I write it down. Then I look at what I've written the next day. If I cannot outline an article in my mind from it, I let it go. But if I see an outline, I write it down.
It's kind if like a job. Get involved but don't go crazy over it until you see a picture of what you really want to say.
I can be thinking about it for months, looking at all sides of the subject I want to write an article about
Totally depends on the article. Sometimes it is only minutes, because the subject is on my mind and needs to be written. (And edited and rewritten, of course). Other times, it is days and weeks. Most likely, a few days. Nice question. Bill ;-)
Thanks, Bill. That's pretty much how I write, but I sure waste a lot of time just thinking!
It really isn't necessarily "wasted," Mary, in my opinion. You can well be visualizing that next article, rewriting in your mind, before you ever put words on paper/computer. You will also eliminate some extraneous material, as you "think." ;-)
Each time I think of a possible topic, I write it down. Then, when I have time, I go over my notes and pick one I start to research on. I write down the key points. Sometimes, when I am inspired I start writing but most of the time, I leave my research notes until I find another chunk of time. I just continue research on other topics when I don't feel inspired to write. I haven't written anything new here in HP because of all the editing I have to do on my lenses which is still ongoing. So, it depends on time to research and inspiration to write.
The thinking actually goes at the back of the mind for a while. Then as I sit for typing it, the ideas flow in. When that 'flowing in' does not happen, I stop and continue it after a day or so.
I am the same way for I do think about the subject for a very long time before I even start writing on it. I have wondered the same thing about crippling myself by not just jumping in.
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