Blogger’s Block 2

Lancaster Bomber

A couple of months back, the writer Len Deighton published a piece in The Wall Street Journal about the writing process which we here post because it also applies to blogging. Here is an excerpt.

When you think you’re ready to start writing, write a blurb. Whether the book is to be fiction, nonfiction or even a cookbook, it is essential to have a description of 500 to 1,000 words. This blurb should remain in view while you are writing. It will keep you from wandering off into detours.

Next, take 10 sheets of paper and number them. Using your blurb as a guide, write 50 or so words on each sheet describing what will happen in that chapter. A short sentence may be all you need: “Bernard has inevitable row about Werner with Bret” or “Hunt for battleship Bismark.”

You need not be restricted to 10 chapters. Add or remove sheets as needed. These will remind you that books do not have to be written in order, starting with chapter one. A surprising interview or revealing research may lead you to write the fifth chapter first. Take that opportunity while the material is fresh in your mind. 

Q: What tips can you share for getting words on a page or a screen?


About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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