This is not my original idea. I saw it on problogger recently but as someone who is writing documents all the time in my day job and sometimes fiction I appreciate the idea that we shouldn’t stop writing and disrupt our own flow when we write.
This concept is to write with a placeholder of TK or tk wherever we find we need a fact or need to finish a sentence.
It works like this. I may be writing and need to put a fact into this sentence but I don’t know how many people TK live in China so I write TK at that point in the sentence. I may also find I am missing the end of my TK. That was hard to write! But it was easy to type TK. I will then come back to all the instances of TK in my work and go through them replacing them with the real words.
So why TK… well it stands for “to come” ….oh no it doesn’t, to come would be TC…. yes but TK is a letter combination that never occurs in normal English writing and so it is easy to pickup with the find/replace function in your word processor of choice.
I haven’t used it much in blogging, I use it a lot at work in writing business analysis documents and reports. TK has allowed me to get and write most of a report without having to stop and get a statistic or a fact or a reference at the time of an initial draft of a document.
Try it…it works.