I’m really struggling. I’ve been hacking away at the text for my blog for quite a while now and I’m finding it incredibly hard. I think one of my problems is the process I go through to assemble my thoughts, then write them. When I simply write straight onto the page like this, my thoughts flow easily. But when I’m trying to draft something really carefully, I enter what I can only describe as “Thesis Mode”.
First, I spend ages reviewing everything I’ve ever collected or written on a topic. Then I assemble pertinent notes from the review into a file. No particular order. Once I’ve done that I start hacking and slashing and trying to assemble it into a structure. But, without an outline, I struggle to see the wood for the trees and find it incredibly hard to form an argument. Why don’t I just write an outline? I love outlines for other types of writing and thinking…
Something about blogging stops me.
I think it’s the review stage. It fills my head with so many ideas that I’m unable to focus on a simple train of thought. There must be a way of focusing while also keeping the benefits of all the rich source material I find in the review.
I suspect what I should probably try next is to chuck all the review source material into one research doc then step away from that and start writing a separate outline to guide the progress of the blog post. That way, I can drip feed the research into the piece without it trying to become the piece.
The research is not the article – the research informs the article.