Art, Craft, and the Writing Process
Combining art and craft is our individual process. That’s the way you accomplish anything —going from point A to B, or a blank page to a finished piece. You have a method for writing whether you consciously are aware of it or not.
“A simple word on a blank sheet of paper gathers momentum as I wonder at what it could mean, where it could take place, why, and what if? And then, I write.” ― Tyrean Martinson
Review Your Articles to Determine Best Outcomes
When you review your last few articles and then retrace your steps in creating each published article, you will see your process. For instance, some writers see a news article or get an idea, immediately have thoughts and feelings about the topic, and start writing. This is an organic or free-form process; others will create an outline and write their planned articles.
- Which finished article was more satisfying to write
- What process – Organic/Free-form or Outline
- Why you wrote about a particular topic
- What your knew about the subject
- How much research you had to do to flesh out your piece
- Which articles attracted more readers or positive comments
Analyzing the Outcomes
With this attention to detail, you can see views for a day and then determine whether you wrote organically or used an outline. You know if you were interested and engaged in the topic and if it was satisfying.
When you see which finished piece was most useful and satisfying, it helps you define and refine your process or method. Understanding your writing process helps you narrow your focus and produce better creative pieces, whether it is organic free writing or working from an outline. Narrowing down the process helps determine a direction for the next piece.
Wait for Inspiration or Plan Your Writing?
Many writers claim that they need some inspiration to write, some of us follow a schedule and write a certain number of articles a week or month. I plan my pieces and usually use an outline.
However, I recently wrote two articles after the death of a good friend where I did not have a plan nor use an outline. I was surprised that the writing was well received as it did not stem from an outline.What this post taught me was that certain subjects lend themselves to organic writing and others, an outline. Click To Tweet
However, without a review of my writing and analyzing the process, I would not realize this.
If I set aside the emotions and thoughts I still have about the person and just view the articles objectively, the writing did not suffer because I did not outline. The structure of both articles was sound.
Processing Using a KWL Table
When I define the KWL information, I create a detailed outline, maintain my focus, and my articles are better structured. Invariably, I learn much more about the topic with research and in turn can give readers value-added posts.
Breadth or Depth for the Article?
Breadth: Equal for All Elements
Article Depth: Highlighting One Element
Breadth or Depth? Both Begin with Craft
Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces by Roy Peter Clark
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
Encouragement from my Muse Board
Two Drops of Ink: The Literary Home for Collaborative Writing