Re: Shifting My Writing Workflow

September 21, 2019

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.