|It may seem like article writing is very hard. And it is.
Good writing needs structure, it needs skill and it needs one more thing: input. Without input, nothing happens.
So where do we get this input? And why bother with bad input?
Finally, what if you don't like audio learning? Can't you just stick to books? Knowing these answers can dramatically change the way you approach article writing.
And yes, make you a better writer.
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Imagine you go to the café and you're sitting there and the barista is making this fabulous coffee.
The machine is superb, the barista has just won the championship. This is the top of the line barista and then you get your coffee. You take one sip and you think, “Something is wrong with you,” because it can't be. It can't be this bad.
How come this coffee is so yucky. It's very simple. Bad input. In coffee land, that is bad coffee beans. Either they're over roasted or under roasted, or just inferior coffee beans. Input is what matters and the same thing applies when you're writing an article or a book.
The most important thing of all is input.
If you were to ask someone to write a story about their life, they probably could manage it. You would have to narrow it down, of course. You would have to say, “Tell me about when you were 10.” You would have to narrow it down further, maybe some episode at school, but eventually, they would come up with some story and the story would have clear ups and downs. It would have a storyline, it would have everything in place.
How did they do that? How did they conjure that up from nothing?
Nothing is a silly word to use here, isn't it? They already had something. They had the whole story in their mind. They have the concept in their mind. That becomes input and then it's a matter of structuring it in an article, and you have to know that structure, or structuring it in the form of a book. Then, you have your material. Most of the time, when you sit down to write an article, we don't have enough input. We have knowledge but we don't have enough input.
In this episode, we're going to look at the secret ingredients to writing
What is input, where do you get it, and why structured and unstructured input is very important. Let's tackle the first burning question, which is:
What is input?
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Jászberényi Gábor says
again, this podcast also helped me to approach a topic from a different angle. I commute a lot, and listen podcasts and audio books almost all the time, but I always considered them only as entertaining, sometimes educational tools and never an input for writing. Writing huh? What would I write? After having read The Brain Audit I understood completely what you were talking about in this podcast, and urge me to be more focused to pick a topic, podcast.