3 Real Tips To Write Cool Stuff Every Day
Day 2: A simple, yet powerful 3 steps solution to hitting that Publish button daily
Practice makes perfect in any field, including writing
Let’s get down to business: most of the stuff that you publish online is not going to go viral. 95% of it will be read by you and three or four of your friends. You’re not going to get millions of likes, shares and hits, so if most of your work is mediocre, but some of it is great, then you are still doing a great job. To get to that next level of greatness though, you have to put in the effort to write more and more, because guess what? Practice makes perfect in any field, including writing.
You can write about writing if you want to, as I’m doing in this cold, rainy, inspiration-lacking second day of 2018, but the thing is, even if you are feeling like today’s the day you can skip, you need to find the time, effort and other resources to overcome that feeling.
Through repetition, you’ll find it easier to put words on a blank document, words that mean something not only for you, but for your millions of potential readers. How do you write more stuff when you have no idea what to write about?
1. Create a time slot for writing
As a writer, you try and listen to what others aren’t saying, and then write about the silence — N.R. Hart
Writing is a creative process, but that does not mean we can’t train our minds to see it as a normal, day to day task. What if you could be just as creative in the morning, as you might be at noon or at midnight? In order to write more and better, you need to make writing a task in your daily schedule. Maybe you are doing better with writing in the morning, just as you wake up. Or maybe you are a night owl and love to write at night, before going to bed.
Whatever the case might be, make sure you allow for at least 30 minutes of writing each day in your schedule. Don’t just say “yeah, I’ll write something every day for the next 3 days on my blog”, instead be very precise about it, like in “from today on, every day at 9 in the morning, right before breakfast, I’ll write for 30 minutes”. Results will follow.
2. Make your hobbies, passions or even work your writing subjects
In polite society, we call our obsessions hobbies — Stephen King
A lot of writers get stuck even before starting to write, not because they are bad writers, but because they have a hard time in finding a good subject for their next piece. You need to remember, every time you get ready to write, that you are a human being, and human beings have loads of hobbies, passions and cool stuff that they do. Even if to you, the things that you do at your job might not seem that interesting, they might be to other people, so do take your job into consideration the next time you think about writing.
I love to travel, so I’ll include a lot of that in my writing. I recently took an interest into Psychology and the different forms of therapies that can help cure depression, anxiety, phobias and other kinds of mental disorders, and there are a ton of people out there who would like to read about those. Maybe you love cooking, driving, playing poker, running, reading, making videos or swimming. Don’t just live your passions, share them with your world, whatever they might be.
3. Read what other people read
The world belongs to those who read — Rick Holland
Medium is a great place for you to see what other people are interested in reading, which is a great starting point for some inspiration. The community is well divided into sections, so no matter what your interests are, you can always find the leading articles and you can write about similar experiences or knowledge that you might have on those topics that are booming at that time.
This is also a good rule when it comes to reading books. We all look at what others are reading, for the bestselling books out there, and there’s a good reason for that. They are validated by a lot of people as being good, helpful, fun and so on, so they might be the right stuff for you and your own reading preferences. For every little article or book that you read, there are unlimited ideas waiting for you to discover and turn into new articles.
Before you go…
My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, full-time freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 29 claps!
I’m on a mission to write 365 articles in 2018. This is definitely the biggest writing challenge of my life so far. If you’d like to be part of the journey, please follow me here on Medium.com for the daily posts!