(c) Lyn Lomasi
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
Being a momtrepreneur with several active careers (yes, several) and a house full of kids and pets, I don't have much time. Therefore, I have many tricks to help me get everything done. Drafting titles is one of them.
There are several ways to draft titles. If you are going to be posting on or submitting to a venue that allows you to save drafts online, you can create and save drafts with titles reflecting your desired topics. I usually save multiple titles and try to make them as close to titles I would actually use so that changes are minimal to non-existent. With all the titles right there, all I will need to do is paste in the content once I write it. It also helps keep me with a steadily flowing stock of ideas.
If you cannot save drafts to your desired venue, simply use the same technique in your word processing program. For instance, I have hundreds of blank documents saved in OpenOffice. The document titles are my possible article titles -- and they can always be changed later if I decide to change one after writing it. Sometimes, once a piece is written, the title isn't quite right any longer.
No matter which of theses methods you use -- and you may use both -- when you draft out your titles ahead of time, it can give you more time to focus on the actual writing. Sometimes, thinking up ideas can take more time than the writing itself. But if you keep a stockpile of these title drafts at all times, you won't have to stress about your ideas when you should be writing instead. make sure to add to your title drafts every time you get ideas. I set aside time each day just to focus on titles. If the ideas keep flowing, I extend that time until I run out of ideas. Then, I move on to writing.
Do you have strategies for drafting titles? Please share in the comment section.
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