How Steven Covey’s #2 Habit Can Help You Write More Stories

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Some days after publishing this story, a writer left a comment that led me to write this story. Here’s what he said:

“Pretty sound advice. My search for a repeatable process continues. I will give your ideas a try. Thanks for the share.” — Anthony Marsilio.

After reading this comment I settled down to do some serious soul searching: “What if this method doesn’t work for him also? Are you sure this is all you can offer on making the writing process easy unto writing a story every day?”

Then came this idea: begin with the end in mind. Know what you want to offer before you type your first draft.

When I tested the method to write some drafts, I was so thrilled by the result that I concluded I will use it throughout the month of February! So I’m going to use this method to write all my stories in the month of February.

“Begin with the end in mind.”

The end here means the conclusion, the solution, the answer you aim to share in your story. Begin with that in mind.

And here’s a simple strategy that will be of help: Before you begin, ask yourself this question: what is the conclusion, the moral lesson, the solution, or the answer I want to pass?

Write it down. That is the end that you should have in mind. And when you’ve done that, you can start writing the first draft of your story.

Why I recommend this method.

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There are two reasons I recommend this method:

First, in the words of Steven Covey,

“The extent to which you begin with the end in mind often determines whether or not you are able to create a successful enterprise.”

After preparing about five different drafts with this method, I’m convinced and persuaded that this is a better method to writing a story every day.

The extent to which you are able to clearly state the conclusion or the message of your story in a sentence or to will determine whether you are able to submit or publish a story every single day.

The second benefit is that when you know the destination before you start, you have the freedom to tweak the path because eventually, you will get there with mathematical precision. And that freedom is important because it allows you to do some tweaking along the path and so making the writing process enjoyable and interesting.

And not just that, the reader also enjoys it because what the writer enjoys writing, the reader enjoys reading.

This is the method that I recommend if you want to submit or publish a story every single day of this month.

Till our paths cross again, remember that writing is a journey and that the experience you give to your readers is determined by how well you know where you are taking them with your words.

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