You don’t need to feel like writing in order to write. Feeling like it is not necessary in order to do something. You don’t feel like taking out the trash, but you could do it. You’re physically and mentally capable of it. It’s just a matter of willpower.
Sitting down and getting to work seems like the most daunting task at times. The more we try to force ourselves to do it, the harder it gets. We face resistance and we see it as a sign that now is just not a good time. Nice try.
“Energy flows where intention…
Successful writers have two things in common, and that’s prolificness and consistency. Not innate talent, not natural strength, not passion, but the ability to create perpetually.
“What nobody tells you is that consistency outpaces talent.” — Brianna Wiest
What sets them apart is that they write every day, whether they feel like it or not. They don’t wait for inspiration. They treat writing as a job. They show up. They do the work.
If you want to be a full-time writer at some point but you spend days or even weeks working on a story, this one is for you…
Do you struggle to write not because you don’t have anything to say, but because you simply have too many ideas in mind?
Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the loose ends of stories you once started but never finished?
Do you have dozens of drafts that never got to see the light of day?
Good, you’re not alone. The following tips will help you organize concurrent ideas, find a use for old drafts, and structure your writing more efficiently.
Having too many ideas is not a bad thing. At all. The opposite is true, even though it can get…
What most aspiring writers don’t realize about themselves is that they want the job title of a writer, not the work that comes with it. They follow a false sense of purpose, driven by the desire to be someone. They’re convinced that “talent” and “passion” are going to set them apart.
Whether you’re a beginner or halfway in your writing career, beware of the following five errors in reasoning most writers tend to make.
You want the prestige, the recognition of a successful writer. You want the influence that comes with having a large online audience. …
Sitting down to write every day is hard enough. Sitting down to write after not writing for weeks or months is a lot harder. The longer the break, the more resistance you’ll face.
You’ll never be immune to life interfering with your commitment to becoming a writer. Travel, a new job, Netflix, a life-threatening virus rapidly spreading across the earth, or a new relationship can make it hard to stay on track.
“I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.” — Chinua Achebe
When things get challenging, it doesn’t…
Right now, writing feels close to impossible.
You took a break from writing for reasons only you know, but now you finally convinced yourself to give it another shot. You create the ideal environment to channel the inspired writer you think you are — and you hit a wall.
Days go by without you creating anything remotely readable, and you can’t help but thinking you lost your ability to write altogether. Maybe writing wasn’t meant for you to begin with.
Is this really going to be the moment you give up?
You’re beyond frustrated about the fact that you…
Take this as a rule of thumb. If it’s challenging and scares the sh*t out of you, try it. Whether it’s asking someone out on a date, starting your blog, quitting that job that makes you feel miserable, building your business — this year you go for it. In order to grow, you have to stretch a little.
Show some courage. Say yes to new experiences (except for, you know, the physically or mentally harmful stuff).
Life gets exciting when you do scary things.
No, it’s not esoteric or whatever you think it is. Only if you have a clear…
Writing is unpredictable. You never know what to expect, and sometimes a story just doesn’t work out the way you want it to. You wrote that perfect introduction, maybe even developed a coherent middle part, but somehow you struggle to wrap it up with a striking conclusion.
No, you don’t need more motivation to write. You need flow triggers, a handful of effective principles to get your story moving again. So, before you convince yourself you have writer’s block — or whatever imaginary mental blockade — bare this in mind:
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” — Henry Ford
In The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield writes that Resistance, as he calls it, feeds on fear. Fear of the consequences of following our hearts. Fear of failure. Fear of being ridiculous, fear of launching into the void and passing some point of no return.
These are serious fears, he claims: “But they’re not the real fear. …
First off, Medium curation is a fickle thing to achieve. Having a lot of followers does not guarantee curation, and neither does having your article published in a publication.
To read the three magic words — Distributed by curators —all you need is to apply a few simple, yet effective, strategies.
Before we get started, I need to tell you something you’re not going to like. Stop. Trying. So. Hard.
That’s what I did, and it worked.
I did not follow any guidelines, I did not check my stats, I did not obsess over views and claps — I genuinely…