Today I’ll be sharing something that some of my peers ask me quite often — How does my creative process works? —
First off, I believe that everyone has their own ritual or system that is used to give their creative process a sort of ‘flow’. (at least that’s what I call it)
And being inspired by this book called Show Your Work by Austin Kleon; I’m here to share my process so that if you are stuck in wondering how to make progress, I hope that the things I share here will be useful and perhaps, maybe provide you with some ideas and innovation to unstuck your creative process.
No 1. Organize your thoughts
It’s super easy to get lost in all the great ideas and the awesome inspirations we have daily. There are so many things to work on, to write about, and yet we have such a limited time to do so.
Now, HOLD THAT THOUGHT!
Take a deep breath, and tell yourself that we all have 24 hours and 7 days week equally. If others can do it so can YOU!
Moving on, the first thing you need to do is to organize your thoughts. With the modern invention of many useful apps, you can choose one that suits you the most.
For this content, I’ll use my own selection of app to show you how I organize my content.
The app/software for me is Microsoft Excel. With Microsoft Excel, you can do most of your mapping and scheduling of your content.
As you can see, the overall mapping is plain simple and direct. I have a column that lists the general ideas that I have and a column that shows the refined titles of the ideas.
I added a tag column so that I know what tags should I use while creating these articles.
By organizing the ideas that you have, you can time yourself to create these post. This will help you make sure that your ideas or article doesn’t overlap in the future as well.
No 2. Start gathering materials
You’re done with your content planning, you can start to look for information to help build your content.
Picture source from techquark
Using the ideas that you have, you can Google it and see where it leads you.
If you’re trying to write a similar topic that can be generally found web do make proper research before writing the content. Find out how the other content fair and how can you pick a niche angle and make your content unique.
Personally, I find while writing a general content crafting your story in it will give a personal touch to it. Readers will feel more relatable towards the piece of content.
However, don’t overdo it and make it a draggy post that will bore your readers.
No 3. Start writing
Don’t spend to much time on content research and make less time in crafting your content.
Averagely I spend more time on content research than writing but I would always give it a good ratio of 2:1. Which means if I take 2 days for content research I would need to finish my content in one day so that I can start with my editing and proofreading process.
You don’t always need to start with the first paragraph.
Although some might disagree, for me during my content creating process I don’t always start with my first paragraph.
There are times that I would start with the conclusion to help me define what kind of end result would I want my readers to feel.
From that point, I will start to work with the points I want to deliver and then a kickass opening to keep my readers from not turning their heads away.
No 4. Backlinks and pictures
After finishing up my raw content, there’s still more to be done.
No one likes to read planing text throughout the whole content. Hence, it’s important to find the right visual aid to help keep the readers’ attention.
Backlinks are cool but don’t ever misuse it.
The thing about backlinks is that if you’re using it the right way it really works like a charm. A good backlink will help establish good domain authority as people will be able to trace it back to your content.
Google has a specific algorithm to check whether your backlinks are a form of spam or is it really useful and relatable to your content.
P.S. remember to send a backlink acknowledgment to the content you link to, this can help the other writers know that their content is useful for you and possibly forming a connection with them as well.
I obtain some of my clientele and partnership with this method =D
No 5. Review and publish.
Finally, once you’ve done everything, just do an overall review and checking before you publish your work.
I use Grammarly premium for all of my works. Their software and system are very helpful in checking my grammar mistakes and most of the time my punctuation mistakes.
Besides that, it also has a rather solid plagiarism checker that helps to make sure my content isn’t plagiarising especially when I’m citing content from another source.
If you have some friends that love reading, do share your content with them and get their opinion before postings.
Just remember that the content is your own creation at the end of your day, other opinions might help to refine it but it’s up to you on how you want present to the readers.
Well that sums up my sharing for today, it’s a brief one but I hope all of you will find it helpful in some ways.
Still having questions?
If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to drop me an email and we can further discuss this topic.