I have always been interested in improving my skills as a writer and one tip that always seemed to shine in my eye was to allow your work to settle prior to publication.
My heart was set on content and I once wrote 125 consecutive daily blog posts. If this advice was to be sound then how on earth was I going to find the time to allow my work to mature when I was up against a daily deadline? I started to think that this piece of advice would have to be swept underneath the rug.
As a carpenter looks at a block of wood
I am here to tell you that I got it all wrong. You see I have not been a writer that long, and so when I wrote 125 consecutive blog posts I was still riding the newly inspirational wave.
After a while your excitement dies down, as does the inspiration, and writing becomes a lot more like hard work. It really isn’t that easy to create a masterpiece in one sitting and keep up with the flow of regular quality content for your readers.
Nowadays I look at my work as a carpenter would look at a block of wood. My block of wood is my white rectangle on my computer screen and every day I make sure that I fill three of these up with a myriad of words that all accumulate to create the semblance of a story.
Then the next day I will choose one of these blocks of wood and I will edit and refine it until it is ready to be released to the public. I spend time carefully selecting the appropriate visual stimuli, I would like to accompany my piece, and then I publish.
I complete this process every weekday and it creates a greater depth in my work. The reason this process is so effective relates to the way your brain operates. All of your decisions are generated sub-consciously.
It is your ego that will have you believe that your decisions are made consciously – an illusion you would do better to understand.
Theory of subconscious decision-making and problem solving
In the 1920s an economics professor by the name of George Wallas, created a four-part theory of subconscious decision-making, and problem solving that has since become the cornerstone of all research in this particular field.
In the first stage you focus on the problem at hand. In terms of a blog post you start to write about your core subject using the thoughts and feelings you have in your mind.
In the second stage you let go all of all conscious effort. This means leaving your piece of work to mature whilst you go about your everyday duties. Wallas maintains that it is during this period of time that your brain will be working on the first stage sub-consciously.
In the third stage it’s a case of Eureka! Your answers seemingly arrive in your conscious thought like a fully formed Rubik Cube. You think it is a miracle but in reality it is the hard work of your sub-conscious. You can now adapt your work and fine-tune it to get a much more thorough and professional piece of work.
Finally, your conscious thought mode analyses the output to make sure the sub-conscious has done its job properly. You are scanning for errors or indifferences – editing if you will.
The argument for quality versus quantity varies depending on the process to which it applies. When it comes to the job of the scribe, quality wins the argument each and every time. Have faith in your sub-conscious and revel in the fact that you are working very hard despite seemingly working at all!
For more tips on blog post writing see:
To learn more about Lee Davy he can be found at Needy Helper.