This one is for people who like to read. Are you a news junkie? A bookworm? A self taught Mr. Know-it-all?
If so, you might know something about Albert Einstein. He had many theories, one of which is less read.
“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” -Albert Einstein
Still want to keep reading?
The writer with a notebook full of ready-to-go articles. The consultant with a book of business on retainer. The retiree with a stack of books to read.
A lot of people have a bucket list. But what about for non-once-in-a-lifetime stuff? For stuff you want to produce. For work you want to do. For things you want to learn. Now.
All in your backlog.
If your backlog is empty, do something about it. I just wrote about mine.
Do you start with a story and figure out the moral? Do you use a template fill in the pieces?
Here’s what I do: I start by reading. Gathering. Learning. And along the way, I adopt an opinion, a style and a voice.
After a lot of that, I start writing.