Even the term sounds a little boring. It makes the process sound about as enthralling as writing the ingredient labels for food packaging. It just sounds so, well, industrial. It feels as if you’re applying for a job on an assembly line.
Fortunately, there’s an antidote for the tedium. (And it’s not turning your articles into illustrated graphic novellas; though that is fun.) No, the antidote is something much simpler.
Fall in love.
Specifically, fall in love with asking amazing questions.
Even more specifically: fall in love with what might be called “tractor beam” questions — the kind of questions that, the moment your eyes scan across them, an invisible force as mighty as Darth Vader’s Death Star grabs you by the shirt collar, and a voice in your head says, “I must read this immediately or I will die.”
The goal here is to develop your question-asking skills until 1) you understand the difference between an average question and an amazing question and 2) you become emotionally invested in that pursuit.