The Stages of My Agonizing Writing Process in 106 Words


Research some more.

Brain storm.

Write headlines.

Scrap headlines.

Write more headlines.

Ask questions.

Do more research.

Ask more questions.

Try to write something good.

Trash it.

Try again to write something good.




Write more headlines.

Ask more questions.


Get frustrated.

Freak out that your deadline is getting closer.

Question your abilities as a writer.

Have a drink.

Write some more.

Have another drink.

And another.

Now you’re movin’.

1,000 words… 2,000 words… 3,000…


Read what you wrote.



Freak out that today is the deadline.

Read it out loud.

Edit more.

Turn it in.

Client likes it.


Do it again.

-Ryan M. Healy

Ryan M. Healy

Ryan Healy is a financial copywriter and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like,, and

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