When youâ€™re writing, how much time do you spend actually writing?
Iâ€™ve been writing a series of blogs for a client recently. These are all on technology areas with which Iâ€™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 â€˜real workâ€™ of writing. But Iâ€™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, Iâ€™ll have a clear idea of what Iâ€™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 isnâ€™t necessarily procrastination.