"Valentine Chocolate Hearts by Giorgio Grilli" image by Tuscanycious
Surprisingly, my stress over Valentines Day ideas was neither due to concern over what Valentines gift to give my wife, nor for a lack of topics for a St. Valentine theme for an article.

Rather, I had too many ideas and too little time to develop them.

As a result, "What Day Is It? St. Valentines Day 2013" touches lightly on a several different topics.

A Writing Tip for Special Days

A writer can have three problems:

  • I have no idea for a topic.
  • I have too many ideas for a topic.
  • My deadline is too close.
  • My deadline is too far in the future.

Many of my previous writing tips dealt with finding inspiration for a topic. Today is different.

Today's writing tip is to schedule enough time to select and develop the best topic for an article, without straying too far from the centre.

So this time, don't do as I did: don't include pieces of different topics even though each one helps to complete the picture.

My one article should probably have been divided into three or four separate essays. Each would have needed more research. Some might have fit into different specialized online magazines or blogs.

Unfortunately, I hadn't left the time for the extra research and writing.

This is less of a problem in a year-long topic. For example, I'm writing a series within one topic in mathematics for Decoded Science. Unless I can synchronize the articles with a public education system, the publication dates really do not matter.

Writing about public holidays does have a built-in deadline. Didn't Shakespeare say that "There is a tide in the affairs of men"?

So the writing tip is to plan your schedule so you can focus on a topic, "nail it" with research, and publish on deadline. Doing so might be as rewarding as having the right gift ideas for Valentines Day. (PS: consider "Choosing Chocolate or Carob as a Valentines Day Gift" when deciding on ).

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