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Friday, June 21, 2013

Secrets to Writing the Five Minute Blog Post

Pure and simple, this is writing fast about something you know very, very well. Here's how it's done.

  1. Pick a subject you know by heart and love.
  2. Make sure you have one and only one point to make.
  3. Get straight to the heart of the matter ... there is no time for embellishment or fancy flourishes.
  4. Put your inner editor to sleep, write while he/she sleeps and throw caution to the wind.
  5. Focus solely on the task at hand.
  6. Make sure all distractions are turned off and put aside for the five minute duration. 
  7. Pause for a moments reflection in minute four and ask yourself, have you made your point and was it a point worth making. 
  8. If the answer is yes, hit publish before you inner editor wakes up. If the answer is no, delete ... after all, you've only used four minutes.
  9. If you need it, fall back on the old template: tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them. 
  10. DONE!
It's simple, fast, but takes practice. Do not be discouraged when your first attempts create nothing but a mess. With time and focus, you'll get there.

My five minutes are up.

With that, my promised topics from the post Two Weeks of Madness Completed are fulfilled. See for yourself:

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