Develop a plan for your story with prewriting
Prewrite: Get ready to write
Prewrite your message, or decide what to write
Game plan: Spend less time worrying about grammar, spelling and punctuation. Start the writing process with prewriting instead.
2. Focus: Find your story angle
Find your focus for concise copy
Tighten up: The quickest way to cut copy significantly is to tighten your story angle.
3. Structure: Organize your information
Save time — and words — with story structure
Writing structure: Save time — and hit your word count the first time, every time — by organizing your piece before you write it. It’s step 2 of the creative process.
More on prewriting
What writers and others say
“My working habits are simple: long periods of thinking, short periods of writing.” — Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize-winning novelist