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Sep 21, 2019 15:48:29

Re: Shifting My Writing Workflow

by @basilesamel PATRON | 206 words | 589🔥 | 640💌

Basile Samel

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When it comes to the ideation step during the writing process, @carlosbeas proposes to "divide the broader area of interest into different sub-topics". It's something important to understand and to put into practice. 

You have to think in terms of Atomic Writing: each section of your text should be modular and cover a single idea.

In most cases, writing about something deeply enough involves covering a wide variety of ideas. When you don't know what to write about, you can try to uncover those satellite ideas. Break down the problem you encounter into sub-problems, and process each one with care.

The ability to unearth the underlying first principles of a given problematic is ultimately what gives clarity to a corpus. It's also how you make your text memorable, by echoing the very laws of the world. 

This is why when you write one article, you give birth to ten other article ideas. A writer's block is a cognitive inability to change our perspective: it's all in our heads! If we fail to look outward for ideas, we can still look inward. 

Alternate between the macro and the micro, and you'll never run out of ideas.

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    @basilesamel I love the idea of researching a sub-topic until you are able to think about it from first principles.
    Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I'm bookmarking this! :)

    carlos beas avatar carlos beas | Sep 21, 2019 18:35:47
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    @basilesamel yeah the best way imo is to create a short list first, then write a paragraph about every item. Julian does it using a spreadsheet lol

    Ali Salah avatar Ali Salah | Sep 21, 2019 16:21:09
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      @alisalahio he uses more the spreadsheet thing for outlining but yeah it's a good idea!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Sep 21, 2019 16:45:45
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      @basilesamel i don't know, i thought he added the list item on the left of spreadsheet and content on right :D

      Ali Salah avatar Ali Salah | Sep 21, 2019 16:48:53
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