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The Mojo of technical communication and writing as mused by Dr. Lu Kondor

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Motivation to write

I'm lifting this off of a creative writing site. I've had this for quite some time so I can't remember the site but I love that the same motivation that is used for creative writing can be used for technical writing. When you work from home it is especially important that you don't procrastinate and keep on schedule. So many jobs can be done away from an office that I think this is an important topic.

The important points to remember when you are having a hard time to get started with a project are:
  • Remember the deadline - do your own project management and lay out what you need to accomplish in the day and do it. Always keep the bigger picture in mind. What are the milestones? When are they due?
  • Get dressed and get ready like you are going to work - because you are!
  • If you are blank or feel intimidated - write one sentence. Once you start there is momentum. I say outline first. Then you get your head on straight to know what you need, from who, and plug that into your timeline.
  • Discipline. Like anything else writing is a discipline. You should really love what you do, otherwise is writing really for you?

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