Everything I Can Teach You About Writing in a 2-Minute Read

My top 30 tips for committing to the craft and making it big

Tim Denning
Oct 22, 2019 · 3 min read
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Writing can seriously change your life. After five years of doing it, here is everything I can teach you about writing in two minutes.

  1. Treating your readers the way a mother treats her child is the kind of care that can make people want to read your work continuously.
  2. Everyone is saying the same thing. It’s how you say it and the stories you tell that count.
  3. The number of fans doesn’t mean shit. Did you help one person?
  4. Quantity of writing beats aiming for quality because quality is subjective.
  5. Batching the times you write to one or two days a week is a way to produce flow states and make writing easier.
  6. Starting a writing session is the hardest bit.
  7. Don’t write for the money. It’ll cause you to hate your work.
  8. Stick to it for several years.
  9. Avoid looking at the stats page of your website or a writing platform like Medium. It’ll make you anxious and destroy your self-worth.
  10. You can’t predict quality or virality.
  11. People read your work because of the view you have about the world.
  12. Attention-seeking is the enemy of good writing.
  13. The days when you don’t feel like writing produce the best outcomes.
  14. The harder you try to write well, the more the work sucks. Let go.
  15. Avoid owning a blog because the distractions of SEO, marketing, layout, and traffic will mess up your focus and stop you from writing.
  16. Some people will love your writing and others will hate it. You can’t brainwash people to love your work, so just hit publish.
  17. The publish button separates the professionals from the could-have-beens, would-have-beens, and amateurs. Hit publish. Repeat.
  18. Share practical how-to guides on how you achieved a particular goal.
  19. Remember, you’re just like us.
  20. Don’t be on every social media channel. Pick one.
  21. Respond to messages and engage with other people.
  22. See your fellow writers as friends, not enemies. We rise by lifting others.
  23. Take a break once in a while.
  24. Approach your readers with empathy whenever possible.
  25. What you wrote one year ago will be completely irrelevant in the future. Your writing changes as you progress through life.
  26. The ‘like’ button never made anybody happy.
  27. You won’t always be right or do the right thing. Forgive yourself.
  28. Trolls and haters will come and the best strategy is always forgiveness.
  29. The best goal to have as a writer is one of these: Entertain us, make us laugh, share practical advice, or inspire us.
  30. The traits of the writers who change lives forever are empathy, kindness, humility, and forgiveness. Practice these often.

Final Piece of Advice

The best writing comes from the courage to express pain through using vulnerability you didn’t know you had.

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Tim Denning

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Aussie Blogger — Writer for CNBC & Business Insider. Inspiring the world through Personal Development and Entrepreneurship. www.timdenning.com

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Aussie Blogger — Writer for CNBC & Business Insider. Inspiring the world through Personal Development and Entrepreneurship. www.timdenning.com

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Marketing advice & case studies to help you market ethically, authentically, and efficiently.

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