My writing on Medium is about to change.
A little over eight months ago, I asked a simple question: is publishing an article every day a mistake?
I received a tremendous amount of feedback from other writers on Medium, all who had an opinion to state. To some, publishing a daily article seemed like the only way to gain traction on Medium. To others, publishing an article each day was unsustainable.
Ray Bradbury was one of the most prolific writers of all time.
The fantasy author, who wrote books like “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles,” wrote over 1,000 words each day. Some mornings he would write 3,000 words, and some days he would write even more than that. But it was always at least 1,000 words.
Bradbury didn’t focus on perfection, nor did he always look at the quality of the words that he wrote. Instead, he focused on quantity.
As Bradbury once said,
“The best hygiene for beginning writers or intermediate writers is to write a hell of a lot of short stories. If you can write one short story a week — it doesn’t matter what the quality is to start, but at least you’re practicing, and at the end of the year you have 52 short stories, and I defy you to write 52 bad ones. Can’t be done. At the end of 30 weeks or 40 weeks or at the end of the year, all of a sudden a story will come that’s just wonderful.” …
Ernest Shackleton knew what courage looked like.
The Irish explorer, who led three British expeditions to the arctic, certainly encountered a fair share of danger during his lifetime. After their ship was crushed in ice floes in the arctic, Shackleton spent two years leading his team of 28 men to safety.
Yes, you read that right. Two full years — not to complete the expedition, but merely to bring his men to safety.
There are many great Shackleton quotes on courage and bravery, but one in particular stood out to me:
“The quality I look for most is optimism: especially optimism in the face of reverses and apparent defeat. …