I have been inspired significantly by this book called How To Write by Meyer & Meyer. It’s excellent and the paperback can be purchased for as little as $1.99 or downloaded to your Kindle for $5.49 on Amazon. I assure you: This is the very best ROI on an investment in yourself in human history. Buy the book. Read the book. Do what the book says to do.
The Meyer & Meyer Writing Process
1.0 Preparation & Organization
1.1 Choose your format
1.2 Identify your points
1.3 Collect data regarding the points
2.0 First Draft
2.1 Compose your theme (Introduction)
2.2 Draft your outline (from the points identified in 1.2)
2.3 Write first draft
3.0 Polishing (make multiple passes to improve the previous draft)
3.1 Be accurate
3.2 Be precise
3.3 Be consistent
3.4 Be brief
3.5 Be Fair
3.6 Keep a steady depth
3.7 Keep a steady tone
3.8 Use an established layout (corporate look & feel)
3.9 Use good grammar
Here is My Book Summary
Writing is critical. Writing is a process. The writing process is always the same 3 steps (organize, draft, polish). Don’t try to do step 2 until you have completed step 1. Some of the steps in writing involve not writing. Figuring out the theme (in a few short sentences) is a critical step and might require some time. Writing takes tenacity. We are entitled to our own opinions but not our own facts. Be clear and concise and cut unnecessary stuff. Use an established layout. Read the work out loud to check for grammar. If there is time, always review the work one more time. Communicating your intended meaning to the reader is the most important thing.
Buy this book. Read it. Use this process as a checklist when you write. Literally: Print out the list and tape it to the wall at your desk.