Republished and edited with permission from original source: Kitewriting.co.uk
It’s easy to feel lost in your writing, especially when you have been working on a project that is close to your heart. As a writer, many of us can hit an intangible wall that sometimes we can only pitifully describe as a ‘writer’s block’. A bland, old term for a cruel reality; a point on the map where a writer feels they simply cannot write any further. This is a natural obstacle in any writer’s life, so don’t give up! The good news is that by constructing a plan, you can save your writing, no matter where it is in production. As an editor and manager of my own business, I would always suggest that writers try to plan ahead first. It’s not for everyone but with discipline and foresight, a plan can certainly will keep your writing on track and could save you a great deal of time, effort and stress.
How a plan can help writers
Well formed plans provide a faithful go-to when you hit a block. When you run out of fuel, you can simply examine your plan and steer back on topic. Just imagine a navigator off a ship steering back on course. Plans can also help you realise when sometimes, the first idea you had actually just wasn’t your best. Through planning, we can consider various options and possibilities, before choosing one that we are confident about writing.
As an editor, I can often detect writing that has been made ‘off the cuff’ without planning in advance, and writing that has been thoroughly planned. It’s especially important for academic writers to consider their audience through planning. An effective plan helps you to make sure you answer the question you intend to answer.
The myths about planning
Plans make writing boring
It is entirely natural for writers not to stick exactly to the plan. Planning ahead is one thing, writing is another. When interviewed, many writers may discuss about how the ending surprised them just as much as it did the reader. This doesn’t mean that the writer didn’t use a plan to guide their writing in some shape or form. Plans have many functions, rather than simply outlining the details of each chapter. For example, you can use it to remind you what a character’s eye colour is, or to remind you of a smaller plot line that will need wrapping up later. This helps you to keep your writing consistent, which will be appreciated by the reader. Your planning could function as your prompt, and it could include a collage of images or links to music tracks to help you write.
It’s impossible to plan my writing project
There are a variety of plans available for the use of a writer, no matter the writing platform. Even if you wish to write a haiku, planning can still assist you. For example, are you hoping to maintain a particular theme in your poetry? Is there a specific image or idea that you want to convey to your audience? By making a note of this, you are planning ahead and are more likely to achieve your goals.
Plans take a long time to write
The great thing about taking control of your writing is that you can develop a plan to suit you. If you are eager to get started – just jot a few relevant details down on the side. Is there a crucial idea or twist you need to remember? Do you have an image of the character already? There are many types of plan, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Planning can be a great method to re-examine your writing and steer back on track to your final goal. Writers should plan their work to avoid the infamous writer’s block and to sow their intended plot effectively. If you feel lost in our work, try writing a plan.
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