This is a picture of my home office. Notice the rows of notecards taped to my wall.
After writing several posts on making the process of writing, more visual for kids, I wanted to share some thoughts on using the same techniques – the slightly more adult version – as a visual adult.
I love to read and appreciate the beauty of a well-turned phrase, but writing has always been a bit intimidating. Because I’m a visual learner, I’m much better with pictures than words and writing requires logical, linear thought, which doesn’t come naturally for those of us with visual strengths. But over the years, I found ways to make the process of writing work for me.
Here are a few tips to help the visual in you get all those great ideas on paper:
Understand who you are.
Visual people like pictures more than words. They need to ‘see’ what they’re thinking and may have difficulty organizing thoughts. Honor who you are and make writing work for you.
Make it visual.
Get your ideas on paper. Any paper. Any size. Any shape. Any color. Make it fun. Use color. Notecards and sticky notes are a great way to start. Keyboards are a necessary evil but putting pen to paper may get the creative juices flowing.
Get in the zone.
Have some fun and get yourself ready to write. Go for a run. Swim a few laps. Peel potatoes. Keeping your hands and body busy while letting your mind brew on the topic at hand, gets the creative juices flowing.
Get it all out – arrange it later.
Keep a notebook at your bedside for late night inspirations. Jot down whenever and wherever. Don’t qualify the thoughts, or worry about the perfect outline. Just write and enjoy the process.
Edit. Edit. Edit.
No one wants to read everything that floating through your mind. The best, most experienced writers know editing is essential to good writing. Once you have your thoughts on paper, review them, rework them and edit, edit, edit.
So – get to it.
Write and tell us what’s on your mind.