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Finding Purpose In Writing

Publishing And The 100 Percent Rule

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I recently wrote about something that is called the 100 Percent Rule. I encourage anyone who hasn’t given it a read yet, to check it out. Because it initiated an idea that lead me to some advice, that was told to me. I was told, if I want to follow a philosophy of a 100 Percent Rule as a writer, author, and publisher, then I should go all in. As in, seven days a week. “Write everyday, no matter what. Make sure, I just write.

It’s advice relates to a want and desire to make real, solid, permanent changes in one’s life. As I’ve progressed as a writer, author, and publisher, I have wanted to continue keeping a promise to myself and my readers. Stick to a golden promise to write everyday, using the power of the pen.

So let’s look back at this theory and “rule.” It bases itself off realistic expectations. The more and more self therapeutic my writing gets, the more and more we should think that it would come easier. It seems logical enough to say that.

Early on in my writing career, I found myself unable to process solid, and interesting topics every single time. And I didn’t want to write garbage, nonsense, or just plain old filler. I yearned for the ability to be able to write about interesting topics, every single day.

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I was still at a juncture in my life, especially my writing life, where I didn’t have enough faith or regard in myself, to be able to sit down each day, and write something that I could consider “quality.” And that might had just been true. At least early on.

Little did I know, change was soon to begin.

Fast forward a bit to that 100 Percent Rule. I took a second, and new look at that idea of writing everyday. It became more clear as to how that philosophy about writing, greatly coincided with following the idea of that rule. I began to have a belief that anything that is truly from the heart, or from an open mind, could never fit the category of simply “filler.” If it was built around human feelings and emotions, then there had to be something of significance, in the words produced onto paper.

So, I got to a place, of self respect. I had to remember, that writing was not something negative that had the ability to harm me. As long as I walked this planet with secrets and vulnerabilities, I would always feel like ducking and hiding from those many things which intimidate me.

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I started seeing the truest value of writing. A world of nothing to hide. No longer was there anything present that could be held against me. Even with the very worst of people, who would want to use my darkest demon, as ways to hurt me and take me down; with writing, they no longer had that power. Because the secrets they would want to expose, had already long since been exposed. By my own written words, admitted by me.

This is the greatest example of what qualities writing can bring. It opens up a road towards no lost dignity, and no longer shame. It shows the purest value towards having no secrets. It can take the worst weapons, from the hands of the worst of people. When words no longer hurt, it becomes almost impossible to become defeated. When we own our story, it can’t be taken from us.

Michael Patanella

is a Trenton, New Jersey Author, Publisher, Columnist, Editor, Advocate, and recovering addict, covering topics of mental health, addiction, sobriety, mindfulness, self-help, faith, spirituality, Smart Recovery, social advocacy, and countless other nonfiction topics. His articles, publications, memoirs, and stories are geared towards being a voice for the voiceless. Hoping to reach others out there still struggling.

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Michael Patanella

Michael Patanella

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Author, Publisher, and Editor. I cover mindfulness, mental health, addiction, sobriety, life, and spirituality among other things. MichaelPatanella.medium.com