Have you been through an intense time during a project and have a tingling feeling that there’s a learning somewhere in there but you don’t quite understand it? Or feel like you’ve discovered a repeatable pattern but can’t quite qualify and express it? Writing a short article like a blog post, to explain the discovery to someone else, will clarify your thoughts and give you a better understanding of your discovery. Not to mention improving your ability to express yourself with the typed word. You’ll also be sharing your insights to help others.

5 simple steps will help you quickly write a great article:

  1. Have an insight (if no insights available… go for a run, or think about what problems or complaints the people around you have)
  2. Just type!
  3. Create an introductory paragraph and executive summary
  4. Put down a heading for each key idea that together lead to your conclusion
  5. Fill in the details

Writing clarifies your thoughts

As you type your thoughts onto the screen, you start to organise them. The thoughts evolve from single independent thoughts to a cohesive story. Things that didn’t quite connect or didn’t quite make sense in your mind become clear when you write them down.

Also, as you read back what you’ve written, you realise that things that you thought made sense clearly don’t! You then start to add the bridges between the ideas that are needed for someone else to understand.

Your article then becomes a complete story that can be read and understood by others, allowing you to convey a message in a way that wouldn’t be possible with just the single independent thoughts you started with.

What can you do with clarified thoughts?

When you clarify your thoughts into a complete lesson that can be passed on, you’re building a foundation. This provides a spring board into further insights that you wouldn’t have been able to achieve without first solidifying the lesson that you’ve learned.

It’s like this quote from Isaac Newton – If I have seen further, it’s by standing on the shoulders of giants.

This is one more really important contribution to your journey to productivity – You can progress onto newer ideas and new insights, achieving the next level in your productivity, rather than keeping the same thoughts tumbling around.

Let’s get started!

How to start your article

Start typing! The quickest way to create your article is to just start typing whatever is on your mind at the moment. Don’t worry about whether it’s coherent… Just type!

Rearranging and building on a few sentences that are already on the page is much easier than creating something from nothing.

Once you have a couple of sentences, you’ll have a much clearer idea of what you’re covering in the article. Quickly put down all the headings you need to create a structure. A basic structure would be to add a title, then one heading per key idea to make up the middle, then a conclusion or call to action.

With the structure in place, it’s then simply a matter of putting in the appropriate level of detail under each heading to convey your message. As you start putting in the detail you’ll be in the zone, with so much momentum that it’ll feel like the words are easily flowing out of you. Now you can rearrange things as you go and the original ramblings you jotted down will transform into a great masterpiece!

I find it easiest to just start typing a few words about the broad concept I am thinking of, then create an introductory paragraph that serves as an executive summary – what this article is about and what you’ll learn from reading it. This is the hard part. After you have that executive summary, it’s easy to put down each key idea you have around that concept as a heading that leads to a conclusion and then start filling in the details so that it makes sense to your audience.

So in summary, if you’re wrestling with a new idea write an article to clarify your thoughts and build a foundation for reaching new heights. Just follow these 5 steps:

  1. Have an insight
  2. Just type!
  3. Create an introductory paragraph and executive summary
  4. Put down a heading for each key idea that together lead to your conclusion
  5. Fill in the details

What benefits do you get from writing / blogging / journaling?

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