Festering Ideas in Draft Form

The best writing festers. A small idea takes hold somewhere in my world and begins to gnaw at my time. Then the scheme and design of my  thinking spreads into my  other daily needs. Normal routine gets enveloped by the desire  to write. As if  good ideas replicate like a virus. Once infected I cannot move on until I get these observations and thoughts out.

Getting those thoughts out in a manner others can, and want to, understand gets tricky.

My ideas for writing end up scattered on post it notes, files, docs, napkins etc. I often say I do my best writing when hiking or when I pace back in forth in my office.  Basically for me the writing process gets messy.

Recent postmortum on my writing notes. CC 3.0
Recent postmortum on my writing notes. CC 3.0

I have written in the past that my pre-writing process involves more papers than pixel. I have to sit down with a pen to plan my writing.

How I plan changes based on my medium. CC 3.0
How I plan changes based on my medium. CC 3.0


So I have set a new goal for the next month or so that I hope translates into my normal writing process. I want to  keep ideas in draft form, a writer’s notebook in essence baked into WordPress.

This should add an extra step, or at least allow me to focus on the most important in writing, drafting. I will also hopefully spend more time on the most critical phase of the writing process revising. Finally staying in draft form for longer should allow me to spend some time editing. This we know is often the last, and most important step, before publishing.

In other words if I add this intermittent step I may just use my pre-writing to focus on the single  most important step in writing: drafting, revising, and editing.

List of current posts in drafts. CC 3.0
List of current posts in drafts. CC 3.0

I have made improving my blog a personal and professional goal. I want to document my thinking about education while making the  writing process transparent  in the open.

By drafting before I publish I hope to let ideas fester. Some topics may fizzle others may flourish. Once I have a list of drafts I can work from the writing I already started. Finally I will  publish the pieces that matter…or get finished.

It is usually the same thing.



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