Since posting the article How to overcome the difficulty of writing, I have received comments from readers reporting their particular difficulties. In this new article, I try to answer one of the most frequently asked questions: “How do I organize my ideas before writing?”.
Writing is an inevitable challenge for everyone who deals with texts. It is a matter of “getting the point” between knowledge and didactics.
When you can master a subject, or at least capture the heart of the matter, it’s time to think about didactics.
The problem arises when you do not fill the communication gaps. Think of a situation where a good bricklayer, who does not write well, decides to teach, in writing, how to build a wall.
If he fails to inform that the wall should be on the plumb and level, have the proper mass and other particulars, no one will be able to make a wall as well as he, even though he was the teacher.
Already live, or in a video, if a person were following him closely, even if the mason stopped describing some stage he was performing, it would be possible for the assistant to understand it and even perform it correctly.
The purpose of writing is to convey information
Each area of knowledge has many elements, concepts, languages and situations of its own. The lawyer, for example, in the exercise of his activities, must sufficiently know the process of each client of his, to be able to write the documents with the legal information and appropriate to defend them.
Each item in a lawsuit has its importance. And the omission of one of them, by the lawyer, can result in damages – light or serious – for their clients.
Fortunately, it is not all texts that endanger people’s freedom! But, of course, anyone who writes risks not filling the gaps that they propose.
Writing well is the result of intense internal and external exercise. That is, before writing, a subject must be ruminated, debased, put to the test. As? In several ways: researching; fighting the anxiety of finishing it before the hour; thinking about it while writing (and before starting it); experimenting with other, more attractive approaches; in short, a good text is born whenever the writer digests the subject sufficiently, and then he can see it from several other perspectives.
Today technology can make a lot easier. I love to enjoy it myself. I’ll give you a very simple example – the recorder of my cell phone. After researching books, ebooks, videos, podcasts, articles, etc., to find out if I can already write, I turn on the recorder of my cell phone and start talking about it, as if I were giving a lesson. In the end, when I listen to my recording, I realize the gaps that still need to be filled.
And it is always easier to find answers to an error than to notice the error of a situation itself. In this way, I place myself in the view (hearing) of the receiver – and not just the transmitter – of the information I want to pass.
At the end of each well-past information, a gap is filled in each reader’s mind
More important than worrying about grammar is to be concerned with the teaching of your text. Because the grammar can be seen later, even by a professional. The information you want to pass on, perhaps, can only be given by you – and no one else.
Recapturing the important points to organize ideas before writing
1 – Writing well is an eternal challenge. Even when it comes to a known theme. This is when it becomes necessary to apply the didactics;
2 – Each information represents filling a gap in your reader’s mind. What gap do you intend to help fill in?
3 – A good professional can not always teach what he knows best, because, for this, it is necessary to develop the ability to textualize this craft.
4 – The good writer must anticipate the possible doubts of his readers.
With this article, I hope I have been able to respond, at least in part, to the question that accompanies most writers: “How do I organize my ideas before writing?”