Bradley | Sep 13, 2019 | 0
K is for Kneading
Work it, massage it, get some air into it so it can rise, so it can become the form that it’s going to be.
You have your ingredients all mixed up (your writing, your project, your business), but now you need to do the hard part: kneading.
Call it editing, call it reworking, call it just plain hard work, but it can be the most important part. You got your (non-judged) draft alive and well, but later it’s going to need some attention. If we continue on the dough analogy, do you need to do it soon? Will it go flat if you don’t? I’m not enough of a baker to know … but writing or project management? I think a “sleep on it” approach can help tons. Give your draft a little leeway but get back to it soon. Is it on your mind? Can you not get it out of your mind? Maybe let it settle a bit, but then take a look at it before it goes out of your mind.
Warning: this is probably where the hard work of editing comes in.
This is the potential real work, the rubber meets the road, the time when you see if your work is any good. I know, I know, playing the ostrich is much easier, but even the ostrich has to get its head out of the sand at some point. Maybe the danger is gone, but maybe it’s even closer. Just tackle it sooner before it becomes a big deal.
You need to knead, but ideally you need to want to knead, too.