Plan to Plan

If you plan to explore a little before you actually start writing, the odds are that in the long run, your writing will go better, be more directed, purposeful, and efficient. Finding ideas is a back-and-forth process—it starts in one place, ends up in another, and goes on all the time—so long as you keep writing. This whole messy process can be both wonderful and exhausting. Remember that when you are in the planning stages of any writing task, finding and exploring ideas counts more than making them neat or correct. Most commonly, I plan to plan by writing in my journal or on my computer for some small period of time almost every day. I make planning a habit.

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