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Arranging Your Ideas

Shanna D. Gregor

I am one of those few people who absolutely and completely enjoyed that portion of the grammar class. I believe my love for order, for organization and for the process flow are all somehow tied to that. Writing is a progression. It is a sequence a writer must follow in order to produce his or her finished piece of art. (Yes, writing is an art!)

When ywoman with camera - Arranging Your Ideasou’re reading, writing or editing—you are looking for order. You want your art to flow from one component to the next—from one sentence to the next and from one paragraph to the next. The important key is coherence. You want your ideas arranged in a clear and logical order that holds the paragraphs together. Here are three ways to meet those goals and organize your writing:

  1. Order of importance challenges you (the writer) to order your paragraph or chapter from most important to least important, or you can do the reverse by starting with the least important and build toward a climax at the end of the paragraph. You want to choose the formula that gives your writing the most dramatic power as you deliver it.
  2. Space order is all about the big picture. Through space order, you give your reader a panoramic view (like a camera’s eye) of the person, place or thing you are describing. You want to define the scene from left to right, floor to ceiling or from background to foreground. (You can mix these up, but I think you get the picture.)
  3. Time order arranges ideas chronologically. Whatever you are writing can follow the logical order of time. You give your reader an understanding of events from past to present or present to past.

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Stop Autocorrect Editing

by Shanna D. Gregor

I may be telling my age here, but I took typing in high school on the old electric typewriters. I was a fast typist and did really well on my tests after a while because I could realize a mistake, hit the backspace (which also served as an autocorrect button) and correct my mistakes during the tests. It’s like an alarm went off in my brain the instant I made an error: “Typo! Typo!” An unrelenting force compelled me to correct my mistake immediately.

Do you ever struggle with the need to correct and edit your own work as you write? I used to have a huge issue with it, and it crippled my creativity—that is until I learned to let it go!

The desire to get it right the first time around will very likely sabotage your masterpiece. Once you fully accept that the first draft will always need more work, you can relax and let go of the desire to perfect your creation as you go. The compulsion to perfect your work can

  • slow you down
  • stop the creative flow
  • drown your great ideas
  • and often take you down a dead in where you have little to nothing to show for youcreative-smartphone-notebook-typography pexels smallr work.

If you can’t completely let it go, highlight your mistake and even add a comment if you have to so you’ll remember what you want to correct or change, but keep the creativity moving forward.

If you can let it go, then free write for a good thirty minutes or more and then set your writing aside for at least two hours before returning to edit.  You save yourself time and eventually will train your brain for better writing by making your revisions all at one time.

 

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