When I was teaching and preaching, I was asked how I decided what to teach, how I studied, and how I organized/wrote my notes. As a blogger, I get asked how I decide what to write and about my writing process. The answers I have are overly simplistic, but I thought I would share them. I do not expect that they will work for everyone. I might even be shocked to find out they work for anyone.
1. Capture Your Thoughts
The first thing I do when writing is thinking intentionally. This might seem like a silly point. I don’t know many people who have unintentional thoughts. My point is that the thought be intentionally oriented towards what you are writing. When I have spare moments, I want my thoughts to count. I have a limited amount of free time these days and have few spare thoughts to go around.
This does not mean that every free moment presents me with the opportunity to generate a new, isolated thought. I am not just free to think about writing. Not even close. My thoughts are tightly linked to the experiences of my day. But this does not prevent me from directing those thoughts intentionally.Read More