One of the most common questions I receive is how I write long-form blog posts. And especially how I write them frequently, at high quality, drawing on numerous sources.

It’s taken me a long time to be able to make the process explicit. The Building a Second Brain course is basically my long-form writing workflow expanded and abstracted to encompass any type of content and any type of project.

I just added a third in-depth case study to BASB on how I plan, track, and write long-form blog posts like the ones you find here. I’ve decided to share it here as well, because I know many of you have blogs or are interested in starting one. Please note that the “Workflow Strategies” I utilize in the video are exclusive to the course, and you’ll need to enroll to find the full explanations.

Here’s a couple notes on the video:

How I switch between separate Evernote windows

By hitting the [command] and [~] keys together on a Mac (or ctrl+tab, alt+tab, or ctrl-shift-v on Windows), you can quickly switch between different windows of the same program. This works in any software program, not just Evernote.

How I paste text without formatting

Within Evernote, you can use the shift-cmd-v keyboard shortcut to “Paste and Match Style” (it’s also in the Edit menu at the top of the screen). This will paste the text on your clipboard and change it to match the formatting of wherever you’re pasting it.

Please let me know what you found valuable about this video, what isn’t clear, and what else you’d like to see. I’ll be investing a lot in videos this year, both screen captures and live video, so your feedback will be put to good use.

And let me know how/whether seeing behind the scenes of Praxis helps you on your own writing projects.

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