How I Apply Kaizen Method in My Writing Process

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Have you ever had a writer’s block? I think it’s the problem that usually occur to every author.

Then, why could it happen? How do you handle this problem?

In the sector of lean manufacturing industry, this method is well-known and become a widely applied-philosophy by managements in business world. It is known as kaizen method.

Kaizen (derives from the word “kai” means change and “zen” means for the better) is a management method that originated from Japan, and was rooted in the classical Japanese philosophy and ideas. Kaizen philosophy emphasizes on “continuos incremental improvement“. It applies not only in industrial field or management-related things, but also other aspect of life, such as personal life, home life, social life, farming, construction, craftmanship, local government and humanity as a whole.

Many writings are written and published out there. Article, book, journal etc. They might discuss the same issue, topic or problem, but have you tried to find the weakness and criticize the content as well? Have you identified what’s still lacking from the writing?

Nobody is perfect. Same as writing. The weakness can be cause by lack of valid data and fact ,bias interpretation or opinion, contains logical fallacy, no longer relevant to current condition or limited knowledge of the author (especially in non-fiction or popular scientific writings).

So, here are the tips of how I apply kaizen method in my writing process.

  1. Read, read and read
    One of the best way to find ideas and inspirations is reading.
    You can read a book, article, journal, news, magazine etc. Read, then understand and contemplate it.
  2. Criticize the whole content
    After reading, you should identify the weakness so that you’d know what is lacking and how you can fill the “empty” part.
  3. Try to find another point of view
    As I said before, the writings can discuss the same issue, topic or problem. So, you should add “novelty” in your writing.
    Try to find different point of view that is still rare to discuss.
    You can explain it from socio-cultural, economics, environment, art, political and religious aspect (and other aspect). You can tell your own experience (it can be your parents, friends, spouse or others experience as well) if necessary.
  4. Write, write and write
    Just write what’s coming in your mind when everything is ready.
    Do not procrastinate if you really have a chance and time to write or the inspiration will disappear. Beware, inspiration is expensive and valuable.
  5. Check your writing
    Don’t forget to check and edit your writing before clicking the “publish” button.
    Read again your writing and make sure that everything is alright (free from typos, coherence within sentences and paragraphs, use of punctuation and so on). No need to rush.

Well, any other tips you want to add or share? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

Have a great day, everyone!