Writing method for political essays


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I have to own up to the structure of my books. An author should let prospective readers know what they are in for. So let me explain my writing, editing, and publishing process. To a great extent, the process explains the structure of what you see when you open one of my monographs:

  • Writing prompt to raw text
  • Raw text to blog post
  • Collected posts to monograph
  • Monograph to e-book or paperback

I could encourage you to adapt that method, or one like it, for your own productions, but every writer needs to figure out what works best for the work in front of you. You should adopt a method, or as many methods as they need to stay productive. Do not adopt a method merely because it works for someone else. No magic recipe to get started exists. No recipe to overcome all of a writer’s obstacles exists. Some hurdles are higher than others. Some function merely as procrastination tools. If you have no method at all, you invite procrastination.

Twitlonger gives me a clean interface to write what I want. The Jeffersonian and Conversations with Dio afford a place to publish each piece. For political essays, such as Infamy or Stars and Stripes Forever, I collect pieces on related subjects and themes, arrange them in book form, and publish them. The amount of rewriting I do at each stage depends on thoughts that come to mind as I work. The result is an anthology of pieces short and long, published together in an extended essay.

For more thoughts about writing process, see RTFM: Practical Advice for Smart Writers.