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My 3-Step Writing Process: Blogging for Online Teachers

According to my writing app, I write between 12 – 15,000 words per week.

This number includes words from articles, emails, social media posting, and other areas.

I have introduced something new into my writing process that helps improve my articles and reduce the amount of mistakes I make.

In the video below, I go through the different stages of publishing something and share my new trick.

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My Writing Process

Step One

Get your first draft done. Write down all your ideas and don’t worry about crafting the perfect article right now.

This is all about getting your ideas onto paper (or, onto WordPress!).

I like to do this in one sitting.

Step Two

Go through your first draft and make changes. Take out things that don’t work, move paragraphs around, and add in anything that makes the article flow better.

Don’t worry too much about grammar and little mistakes right now. If you see something, change it – but don’t go looking for them.

Step Three

I then read the article out loud like I am doing a presentation. It helps me notice whether the article flows and helps me spot mistakes I make.

(Note: I noticed some mistakes in the video after publishing it – fewer mistakes not less – but you don’t have the luxury of editing your video in this way unless you re-record it.)

You could get someone to proofread your articles. However, for me at least, this will add up and I need a very quick turnaround.

Over to You

Do you have any tips about writing?

Let me know in the comment section below.

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  • Ronald Johnson

    Very good tools, Jack. I often tell my students that when proofreading they can read their essay, book report, etc. from the bottom up. Reading the paper “backwards” forces you to focus in a different way, and you are less likely to miss errors. Often when we read our own work, we tend to fill in missing words, meaning, etc. because we know what we meant to write and our brain tells us its there – even when it isn’t!
    I have even had students read their articles aloud to me, and they automatically fill in words that are missing, change wrong word errors to the correct word, etc.

    • Great tips, Ronald. I edit my videos starting from the end. I’ll try it with my written articles. Thanks.

  • Three Steps to Tackle Writing :
    1) Brainstorm all your ideas in your first draft
    2) Edit the first draft and make it flow like a butterfly
    3) Proofread and read the new draft out loud to spot mistakes and to notice the language flow

  • Carol Nuttall-kitsou

    Thanks, Jack. Very useful advice. You could also record yourself reading the article, and then you see how well it flows more easily, and can double-check it for mistakes. As a published writer of EFL materials, I can tell you that I proofread, my co-writer proofreads, the editor proofreads, and errors still occasionally slip through the cracks, so there’s always room for improvement. I think that it’s important to get someone else to look at your material critically, but I do appreciate the problem with time. So, recording yourself is the next best thing.

    • Thank your for your comment, Carol. I do send out bigger projects (ebooks, sales pages etc.) to proofreaders. Additionally, I do get feedback from my readers when they spot mistakes. I really appreciate getting this feedback.