The good essay and interesting proofreading for your work
The failure to start writing a text is called blank sheet syndrome. Although, in my opinion, this mess deserves the title of the syndrome less than the habit of not finishing the job. Recorded interviews and comments, important facts, vivid ideas and insults fade away with unfinished material. Moreover, if full-time journalists are not allowed to relax by setting a deadline and demanding compliance, then beginners and freelancers must learn to discipline themselves. Forget about inspiration. A state when a voice from heaven dictates a text to you is dangerous, albeit sweet. Addiction to inspiration is no better than any other addiction: you will want more, you will always feel lack of inspiration, you will feel irritated and desperate about not being able to stimulate it. In addition, writing in a state of affect threatens the author’s hangover. Journalism is not always a creative process, it is usually hard routine work, so take it without waiting for enlightenment.
Getting away from zero is a fishing phrase that means catching the first fish. The first words or sentences written in the file have a powerful psychological effect, often helping to break the deadlock. So start writing as soon as possible – whether it’s incoherent snippets, quotes, dates, facts, a text plan, the keyword “gopher” or just your name.
You don’t have to write the text from the beginning – start with the place of the future material that you see most clearly. It often happens that, concluding the text, the author deletes the first written paragraph, because in the process of work he has moved far away from what came to mind at first.
Take your time with the title. It is necessary to invent the title to the already written text. Otherwise, you risk being stuck for a long time at the beginning of work, wasting time and ending up with a worse title than you could. Another danger: a prematurely formulated title can dictate to you the wrong direction of the plot.
In the Old Testament editions, the text was re-read by an editor, a literary editor, and a proofreader before being published, who caught a significant part of the errors (although not all of them). Ukrainian online publications are now dominated by an editorial model, in which journalists personally publish their materials or pass them on to so-called “graduation editors,” who are usually the least qualified creative units. The editor-in-chief does not always consider it necessary to re-read what should be published in his publication. Therefore, a modern journalist should rely only on himself. So, be not only literate, but also very attentive and demanding to the quality of your text.
Read the text aloud. You may feel awkward in the process, but it’s a surefire way to identify hidden flaws in your text: rhythm breakdowns, syntactic excesses, unsympathetic constructions like “worked in Washington,” and so on. If you have a lot of time and inspiration, you can record yourself on a voice recorder and then listen.
Let the text lie if it is not urgent. One of the reasons for the author’s blindness, in my opinion, is the unconscious desire to get rid of the text as soon as possible, say goodbye to it, declare it ready and give it to the editor or publish it. If you add in the evening, leave the final proofreading in the morning. However, then you risk getting acquainted with another psychological phenomenon – the author’s hangover: aversion to the text with which you have lost emotional connection, so it no longer seems as good as yesterday night. Then he should be allowed to lie down for a few more days until you can read him remotely.