Perhaps the most frightening moment for anyone who needs to write a text (regardless of the experience you have at the time of writing and the type of text to do) is to face the blank page. It is as if the paper or the screen interpolate us and bring us closer to our deepest fears, those that have to do with making known what we are through the words.


Every time we write something, it reflects ourselves, even if we write a simple email or a request, how we do it will always tell us a lot. The fear to start writing, to print that first sign that will subjugate the page, is a common fear but also easy to overcome. And to overcome it, there is a simple formula: plan. Fear disappears when we are clear about what we are going to write in that blank space. When we know what we are going to say, the words flow. Once the words flow, everything will go easier.


The writing process consists of three stages: planning, writing and review. With the daily troubles, and due to the amount of information that we must process in our daily lives, as writers we usually forget about the planning and revision stages, and we only focus, at the rush, on the writing stage. That is why we are afraid to write, because we think that doing it alone consists of giving free rein to our thoughts and dumping them on paper (or the screen). Of course in some situations we can’t think clearly (and fast) and it’s normal enough. So that, we should get professional help from professional party we can find in Internet. If I have to recommend some, is on my first sequence.


Then, as we do not plan, the text overflows with disconnected ideas that we can’t master in the end. Also, when we vaguely raise the subject, we want to write everything about it, without focusing on the main objective that led us to write about it. Planning consists, above all, in thinking about the text that we are going to produce. It is about giving form and orientation to our ideas. When we begin to plan the text we must consider three issues: the theme, the type of text and the ideal reader. These aspects are fundamental to begin, because, once we have defined them, the work will be easier.


In relation to the subject, it is also important that we delimit it. The more concrete we are going to write about it, the easier it will be to continue with the planning task. Being clear about the type of text will help us to orient the ideas, since it is not the same to write an academic essay as a journalistic note. And finally, knowing which reader the text is aimed at will clarify the approach we will give to the writing and the type of language we will use.





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