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[Word Wise] Pre-Writing Step 4: Focus on One Idea. Just One.
August 27, 2015

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Volume 11, Number 9: Issue #101 ... ISSN: 1933-9690

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FEATURE: Pre-Writing Step 4: Focus on One Idea. Just One.

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What to Write Before You Write, Part 4

Do you want to write faster, clearer, and get more projects done? Pre-writing is the key.

You can complete pre-writing steps in any order: identify your project’s goal, choose the channel you’ll write for, identify your reader

And while you’re at it, focus on just one idea per piece (per web page, per post, per article, per book chapter, per devotional...

If you cannot summarize your content idea in one sentence, then you won’t communicate it well to readers.

Here are some practical tips to help you identify the one thought you want your piece to communicate, no matter what content it contains.

  • What nugget inspired you to write your piece?
  • Write out a list of ideas you want to communicate in your piece. Study your list. Do any of these ideas jump out as a summary thought?
  • What is the result you want to achieve in this piece?
  • Imagine you have 30 seconds to explain your piece. What would you say?
  • What is the most important concept you want readers to know after they have read your piece?

Write out your main idea. Save the rest of your ideas for other projects or additional content. Look for more simple writing tips in the next issue of Word Wise.

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