Over the past 20 days, our Nicola wrote 18 articles for publication. These were not simplistic blog posts. These were intricate posts packed with photographs and personal insight. Many Boles Blogs articles average 300-500 words, but Nicola’s works in this stretch averaged over 800 words per post and many doubled that number. That’s over 15,000 words written in 20 days!
What can we learn from Nicola’s bravura writing performance?
The first lesson to take away is to plan. Even before she left for Vienna and Venice, she had a plan for attacking a series of articles for publication. That plan changed a lot depending on what happened, what images she was able to capture, and how the flow of the story was rolling out of her mind.
Nicola was never fearful to change course or to add another article as warranted — even though that hardscrabble notion made her workload heavier — if that was the right thing to do for the overall story arc.
The best lesson — and few authors actually do this, even though they claim to believe in the ideal — is the fact that “writing is rewriting.”
Here’s the WordPress.com revision history for Nicola’s Depeche Mode article from three weeks ago. She changed her article — enough to want to save a revision six times — and these are not WordPress.com system autosaves. These are moments when she clicked on the “Save Draft” button to preserve her changes and additions and revisions.
For her Baron Fiaker article, Nicola actively preserved her work 11 times over two days!
The care and careful feeding of that article was in great evidence during the first instant of publication. All those revisions built a deeper and richer experience for you.
During her Approaching Venice article, Nicola’s workflow grew over three days in the aspect of perfection and precision in storytelling:
I was delighted to step back and give Nicola her sustained moment in the publication spotlight because it was such an ethereal thrill to watch her craft these stories for you and to learn how she decided to preserve both the historical and social record for us all, in a few moments in time, forever in the glory that are Vienna and Venice.