As I prepare to develop pieces for the next couple of months, occasionally I’d catch myself drifting and not adding notes to anything. Then I thought back to what I did the last time I felt stuck: pick a couple of written pieces from writers (or publications) I follow, and build a piece based on how they structure their work.
Instead of asking myself: ‘What would Malcolm Gladwell write?’ I changed it to: ‘How does Malcolm Gladwell structure his pieces?’
That revelation led me to use that question whenever I felt like a piece wasn’t “there” yet. Usually I’d find the issue would be that I hadn’t addressed a specific point in the structure.
Since Malcolm Gladwell writes REALLY long pieces, my backup question would be: “What is the structure best used for this piece I’m editing?”
Similar to when I work a track, I found that if I have something to latch onto…its easier to see where the next step would be.
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