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question 1

HOW DOES THE THOUGHT OF WRITING MAKE YOU FEEL?

a

Let me at it! There’s so much potential for where this can go.

b

I know what I need to do, but I just need to focus.

c

I’ve marked out time in my calendar and I’m committed to getting this done.

d

Excited, but terrified. I need to think this through.

question 2

WHAT DO YOU TEND TO DO WHEN YOU FIRST SIT DOWN TO WRITE?

a

Turn off all distractions and get down to business as quickly as possible.

b

Set a timer for a certain period and make sure I work in those small progressive increments.

c

Get all the facts, stats, data and research I need so I’m prepared to start.

d

Follow a ritual like have a cup of coffee/tea and then make sure I am in the right environment and headspace with all the things I need before I begin.

question 3

WHICH WRITING APPROACH DO YOU THINK WORKS BEST FOR YOU?

a

I’ll just bang it out as quick as I can and then hopefully it’ll come together.

b

I’ve got a system and I’m committed to following it, but I need to make sure I don’t get distracted by other work.

c

I make sure I have a timeline for the project to follow and that all tasks are mapped out so I know exactly what I need to work on and when.

d

I need time to think until I know what I want to say and how I’m going to say it.

question 4

HOW DO YOU PREFER TO STRUCTURE YOUR WRITING TIME?

a

Whenever and wherever I can – some days in the office, some days on the plane or in between client meetings.

b

With a timer on and a word count limit set to reach small, but attainable goals.

c

I follow a strict, regular routine – e.g. up at 5am every morning to write 500 words before the day begins.

d

I need long intensive periods of time (e.g. four hours, two days in a row) to get my head down and into the deep work.

question 5

HOW DOES A DEADLINE MAKE YOU FEEL?

a

Pumped. I do my best work under pressure.

b

It helps me prioritise all the other goals and projects I have on my plate.

c

Nervous, but I thrive on knowing there is an end goal in sight.

d

It’s a necessary evil, otherwise the writing just won’t get done.

question 6

YOU HAVE TIME SET ASIDE FOR WRITING, BUT THEN YOU
GET A CALL ABOUT A CLIENT PROBLEM AND YOU
DON’T GET AROUND TO IT, HOW DO YOU FEEL?

a

Oh well, shit happens. There’s always tomorrow.

b

I’ll write double the amount at my next allocated session.

c

I’ve marked out time in my calendar and I’m committed to getting this done.

d

Demotivated. It feels like a step backwards that I can’t afford.

question 7

WHAT KIND OF WRITER WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS?

a

I love writing. It just flows.

b

I’ve learned to let myself go and relax to get into the writing.

c

It’s part and parcel of the job, but I do need dedicated time set aside for it.

d

I’m a perfectionist, always second-guessing myself.

question 8

WHICH STATEMENT DO YOU MOST RESONATE WITH?

a

I need to get the words out first, then I can go back and plug in the research and data.

b

I’m ready and raring to get this done and make it my best work.

c

Not being able to articulate what I’m thinking can stress me out.

d

I overanalyse everything I write.

question 9

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF GETTING STUCK?

a

I have lots of stories, but need help with logical arguments to string them together.

b

I’ve got all the ideas, but it’s going to be hard to stay on track and not come up with even more content.

c

I’m confident I know my stuff, but I struggle pulling a compelling story together.

d

It’s really hard to start and then keep momentum going without perfecting every little thing I’m writing.

question 10

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR BIGGEST WRITING STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS?

a

Strong voice, but might need to be reined in sometimes.

b

Creative ideas, but need to focus and keep things simple.

c

Logical arguments, but unable to communicate them in an engaging way.

d

Original thinking, but can be overly complex to communicate.