That means I’ve joined the blogging challenge to post a blog here every day this month.
I’m joining at least 175 other bloggers from all over the world to blog like crazy for a month. In addition, WriteBetterFaster.com is one of the event sponsors offering a prize for the drawing at the end of the month for all the bloggers who successfully complete the challenge.
I’ve participated in the Blogathon before and I know it’s not as easy as it sounds. Blogging every day is hard work.
Not only do bloggers have to come up with 31 insightful topics, but all of us need to make sure we write on Saturdays and Sundays, too. Now that’s a challenge!
I’m planning on offering a different writing tip each day…and today’s tip is all about focus.
In the business writing workshops I facilitate and writing classes I teach, I try help participants change their perspective on their business writing, to think about their writing in a different way.
Focus is all about giving yourself permission to think before you start to write. When was the last time someone gave you permission to just think?
Focus means you take time to think about what you’re writing, who you’re writing to, and what you want to accomplish.
It means writing to meet your reader’s needs–and not your own.
It means thinking first about the person who’ll be opening the email, printing the report, or checking the numbers. It means focusing on the reader first; the writer second.
Taking time to get focused before writing will actually save you time. It’s one of the writing tips that will make you a more efficient writer.
- The more time you spend thinking about what your reader needs, the easier it will be to meet those needs for information.
- Time spent planning what you want to write, means you’ll need less time to write it. That’s because you’ll be focused on the end result.
- Time spent thinking means there will likely be less back and forth, because you’ve already addressed all the important issues.
So, the next time you sit down at the computer and automatically start writing–stop yourself. Take time to think and get focused.