A Shorter Workflow, October 2018.

What will be an effective Writing Workflow for me as a writing pastor?

Here is my shorter writing workflow as of October, 2018. The new acronym is SMITE.

Architect of Ideas workflow: SMITE.

  • Source Template crafted. QNQS
  • Mark trail (identify quote)
  • Insert quote into specific template,
  • Transfer onto the blog.
  • Edit at regular intervals. BRAD.

Source Template crafted. QNQS. For every topic I write as a reporter on reality, there is a source. For each source I create a previously prepared template so that I’m ready to instantly post by filling in a few blanks after inserting the quote. The template provides the information necessary for an anchor post except for the initial quote and a little bit of tweaking. I have a separate template for each author and book that I intend to utilize on the Blog. Templates are stored on the blog in their own category so as to be immediately ready to post.

Mark trail (identify quote): I read in a source looking for quotes that are particularly helpful to me and would make a good anchor for further discussion on a blog post. I mark the trail by highlighting the quote when I am reading on my Kindle. Marks are color coded: yellow for interesting, pink for problem, blue for a solution or principle, and orange for use as a anchor or important. If I am reading in Evernote or on a website I could immediately post it on the blog within the proper template. My preference now is to keep material in the book and get it to the blog as soon as possible.

Insert quote into specific template: when I am blogging on a Kindle book I will consult the Kindle Notebook feature in order to determine which of many marked quotes to turn into a blog post. Then I will insert the quote into the template which is already on the blog in the zTemplates category.  (I will frequently clone several templates at the start of this Insert session so they are ready to immediately receive a quote.)

Transfer onto the blog: after a bit of tweaking the blog post is published immediately. The cloned template is shifted from the zTemplates category to the proper category. There is no delay or procrastination; work flows rather than piling up in front of a constraint.

Edit at regular intervals: at least one day or more a week, a time segment is set aside for rereading and revising the blog. During revision we add value to what is posted. As Ernest Hemingway said, “the only kind of writing is rewriting.” [1]

The blog is posted in plain text and text is made bold or italic in revision.

Additional source material is also provided. Prior to rewriting, the blog post is clipped into Evernote which allows Evernote context to suggest additional material for quotes. I may also search the internet for additional information. When the blog post revision is completed, that clipped post is deleted from Evernote so that it doesn’t add to the clutter. At the close of the day of revision the entire blog is backed up into a file on my laptop; that’s sufficient. I edit and rewrite right on the blog.

The previous workflow focused on clearing up the backlog by creating anchor posts. It is probably more practical to ignore the backlog and create anchor posts from new material. If there are useful quotes in the backlog, this material can be worked into the rewriting process.


[1] “Editing: Where The Magic Happens” Episode #3 of the course How to self-publish a book by Emmanuel Nataf from https://gohighbrow.com/the-only-kind-of-writing-is-rewriting/.

The photo by Alden Jewell, “Volkswagen Beetle Assembly Line” is from  https://www.flickr.com/photos/autohistorian/32637661426.

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