Reading science, math, and philosophy for one hour per day will likely put you at the upper-echelon of human success within seven years. — Naval Ravikant
The reason prolific content creators can write a lot of content is they consume the right kind of content. Usually self-starters who are inner-directed they take learning seriously and are self-described autodidacts.
Always curious. Always learning.
Creators devour information through books, online material, podcasts, and video — think TED Talks — until the knowledge becomes a part of their thinking, absorbing it on a deep level, weaving it together with their perspective until it…
The next generation’s fortunes are going to be made from media or code. We are in the creator economy. We are creators. Or can be. Some of us create content, while some of us consume it. How many people do you know who don’t have a social media account?
Even my grandmother is on YouTube.
But all of us have the opportunity to create. The new economy is permissionless. Meaning you don’t need anyone’s permission to be a creator on the internet. You don’t need permission to record a podcast, write a piece of code to build the next app…
A quarter of 2021 is over. Are you where you imagined you would be at this time of year in your writing career? Have you established a habit, found your routine? Written every day?
There’s still time. It’s never too late.
You have 284 days left of 2021.
The problem with goals and why I don’t make resolutions arbitrarily at the end of each year is that “new goals don’t deliver new results. New lifestyles do.” — James Clear.
The reason it doesn’t work to only state your goals aloud like, I’ll lose twenty pounds or I’ll create a…
Each writer is unique. We come to writing and developing a habit by our own design based on our individual personalities. Through lots of practice, trial and error, we hone in on the creative process that works for each of us. That being said, there are three pieces of advice writers often give. They are common because they are true and achieve results.
If you want to be a writer, start with these three commandments on writing first.
Haruki Murakami: “The repetition itself becomes the important thing.”
Most writers advise writing every day (although, when I give this advice, I…
A creative creates art.
Or painting, drawing, bedazzling, creating a business plan, baking, or developing code for the next Shopify-like business.
The writing process is personal. Every writer or artist has a unique way of getting to their craft — finding it from within their soul, accessing it, producing it. There is no one-size-fits-all. Some use habits, some momentum, and some pure grit.
An article from the LA Times a few years ago interviewed five screenwriters about their routine. Three of them wrote from their cars. One of them wrote from their car while it was moving.
I’m a content creator. Writing on Medium for over a year and a half. This is a great place to be a writer. Creators can build an audience quickly with quality writing, like I have, with no professional experience, using consistent publishing and staying true to your voice as a writer.
Which is a good thing.
Because I get to pass those lessons on to you. So, if you’re new here, you can learn these things faster than I did.
So you’d like a writing career, eh? It sounds fun. Right? Just post a few articles on Medium a couple of times a week, and you could be making up to 10K a month while fulfilling your dreams of being a writer. You see visions of yourself sipping espresso in a café, dressed head to toe in black with a copy of Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning next to you while you ponder the larger questions of life and put the answers into coherent sentences for your audience so they know them too.
The reality is, it is…
Since keeping a journal as a child, I’ve considered myself a writer, long before being paid a dime. But not until I made an income from my work did I take a closer look at some things in my life that were holding me back from greater success.
I knew I had to make some changes and even give up some habits to gain the kind of success I want to see from my efforts.
Rejection doesn’t feel good. It is a hit to our self-esteem. We tend to take it personally, so we do anything to avoid rejection. Even…
Somerset Maugham was asked if he wrote on a schedule or only when inspiration struck. He answered, “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately, it strikes every morning at 9:00 o’clock sharp.”
That’s a pro.
“Maugham reckoned another, deeper truth: that by performing the mundane physical act of sitting down and starting to work, he set in motion a mysterious but infallible sequence of events that would produce inspiration, as surely as if the goddess had synchronized her watch with his.” — Steven Pressfield
While the professional may write for love, the amateur writes for fun and waits…
Resistance comes in all forms. Procrastination, fear, sabotage by loved ones, self-sabotage, doubt, lack of esteem. It comes in many disguises the novice doesn’t see coming. To avoid writing, we do laundry, clean our keyboard, check the price of Bitcoin just one more time, look in the fridge for another snack, peek at what’s trending on Twitter, clear notifications from Facebook, take the dog for a walk, the list goes on. You’ll know when you turn from amateur writer to professional when you stare resistance in the face each morning and sit down to write anyway.
In the short term…
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