Research or procrastination?

When you’re writing, how much time do you spend actually writing?

I’ve been writing a series of blogs for a client recently. These are all on technology areas with which I’m familiar, but I need to do a fair bit of research to get my facts straight.

My inclination is to consider this research as something to get out of the way fairly quickly, so I can get on with the ‘real work’ of writing. But I’ve realised that spending more time on the research is time invested wisely.

If I really read around a subject, and understand a lot of context, I find the blog or article almost writes itself. When I actually start typing, I’ll have a clear idea of what I’m going to say, and can sometimes more or less write the whole piece without consulting my notes.

Lesson learned: spending more time on research isn’t necessarily procrastination.

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