The “Four P’s” of Writing

Posted on October 15, 2014


downloadDon’t worry, this is not just faux inspirational babble of the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” variety. This is a practical guide to beginning, continuing, and hopefully finishing your writing project.

I loosely compiled the “Four P’s” of writing after reflecting on my own writing experiences. Whenever faced with a new project, I usually found myself in one of two situations: I was either flying high with ideas and optimism or feeling hopelessly uninspired. There were even times I felt initially inspired but soon realized that those first sparks faded fast. I discovered that the longer I would wait for inspiration, the more difficult the process became.

This compilation of the “Four P’s” is a guide to help people like us, the chronic procrastinators, to become better writers and ease the tension we feel when faced with writing projects and fast-approaching deadlines.

  1. Put it all down. It’s a “fake it till you make it” kind of approach. In my experiences of writing with little direction, I have written pages of complete drivel before finding one gem of a sentence and finally getting excited about an idea, which sparked a masterpiece. So my first piece of advice to anyone struggling with where to begin is to write anything and everything that comes to mind. Sometimes you can never figure out what you’re going to write about until you start writing.
  2. Persevere. Sometimes, the gems are really hard to find, and it’s easy to think that you’re never going to find one. Persevering can be the hardest part about writing. When you’re stuck, it’s very helpful to have a plan, an outline, or an end goal to refer to, but if you don’t have any of those, defer back to step one. Believe it or not, you can write yourself out of a rut.
  3. Pause for a brief intermission. If you’re really feeling stuck, maybe you need a break. I find it helpful to step back from my work and revisit it later. Sometimes, when you’re intent on fixing a problem or you’re struggling to get a point across, the work gets muddled in your head. At these times, it can be difficult to remember exactly what point you were trying to make or what theme you wanted to follow. If you can let these thoughts out of your head for a while, you can return to the work later and look at it with fresh eyes.
  4. Put it all together. If you have a rough draft, and you’ve revised your work enough to find a general flow of ideas, begin some basic organization. Think about how you want to present your work and which points you want to emphasize over others. The thought of organization might seem boring or daunting, but it makes all the difference in creating a compelling, finished book.

Don’t fear writers’ block anymore! Next time you find yourself in a writing rut, remember the “Four P’s.” After all, there is there is nothing more satisfying than creating a complete work from your own hard-won ideas.

Eithne Amos, Writer and Editor, Asta Publications

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