Are you stuck?
Are you facing a blank screen? Have you typed and deleted and typed and deleted and still you don’t like what you have? Try asking questions. Put yourself in the shoes of the reader and interview yourself. What are you trying to tell me? Why should I care? What do I need to know? What do I need to do? How should I do it? When should I do it?
This little trick can be used when you are first getting started, as well as when you are moving along. You could even take this literally and write in a question/answer format.
Does that really work? It can be extremely effective because the reader knows exactly what to expect.
Is it hard to do? Generally, no. On the contrary, it can help focus your thinking.
Is it effective? Certainly, if you ask the right questions. It’s a very clear and uncluttered way to tell people exactly what you think they need to know.
Great piece of advice. I will try this next time I am stuck … which seems to be often.
December 9, 2011
Yes, it’s a humorous story about an out-of-touch grandma but wait, it’s also about ungrateful children but ultimately it’s about a little girl who loved her grandma. The real takeaway for me is that it can sometimes take years before we see the true value of a gift given so long ago. Very rich stuff here.
December 22, 2011