For those of you who read my post last week, you probably know that I have been struggling writing recently. So I decided, while keeping writing without a better approach will merely be another torture, to give myself a little break. I need some time to reframe my thoughts and seek a new way out. This week, I primarily went online and read a few others’ business plans. Luckily, their approaches have brought me some useful inspirations.
The most useful tip I learned from others’ business plans is that all of them tend to break up big chunks of writings into a lot of smaller sections. Some of them even have twenty plus sections that consist of only one short paragraph. Apparently, writers of these plans are aware of the seven main sections of a business plan, but they break these seven sections into even smaller ones so that they don’t get lost in the middle of their writings. Last week, I talked about how I couldn’t find a clear path during writing because there are too many details and I couldn’t focus; this approach can be an effective solution to my dilemma. The smaller amount of content I have to include in each section, the easier it is for me concentrate on one idea.
Plus, I also mentioned last week how outlines weren’t helping my writing because too much details make my outlines inefficient. But instead of creating a meticulous outline, I can simply map out topics of my sections. This way, I won’t need to worry about specifics until I write each section but I can still have a general sense of what I will be including in each section. It divides my impediment into two and should ideally make it easier to be conquered. So I was really excited to discover the how other business plans are structured and I’m hoping that it will help me to get rid of confusions and frustration.
Another useful observation is that none of these business plans are wordy. I’m the kind of person who easily writes a lot of nonsense before going back and deleting my own sentences, and the brevity of business plans struck me in that I can barely find a word to delete. It can be an instinct of business plan writers or it may be a result of revision, but the succinctness of these business plans does tell me that I need to practice to become better in revising my wordy paragraphs, shorten them and recreate the most compacted yet accurate descriptions of my ideas.
The last insight I discovered from my readings is the power of storytelling. When we think about a business plan, it sounds more like an analytical paper than a fairy tale. But when I tried to read others’ business plans from the perspective of investors, the ones I tend to enjoy are the ones that include short stories to explain complicated concepts. It makes a lot of sense because stories are more readable and can make intricate points understandable. Two weeks ago I posted the usefulness of combining numbers and stories; now, I have anther useful method to deal with intricacy: don’t just analyze, using a short anecdote can be more than helpful.
To be honest, I barely wrote anything this week. But comparing with last week, I now feel a lot more comfortable and confident moving forward. I’m even a little bit excited to go back to that word document. I hope what I have learned will be great additions to my writing skills and I wish the upcoming weeks of writing will go smoothly.