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Write for yourself

Write for yourself

By writing for yourself, you're more likely to write something other people will like. Readers know when your work is authentic—the best way to be authentic is to write for yourself.

When you write for yourself, the process of writing is the reward itself. If you love doing something, you'll keep on doing it.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 10 Lessons from 10 Years of Writing

Writing is thinking. It is a way to understand and order the world better.

Writing is a process of self-discovery. You may start with a specific topic in mind, and as the essay fills out and your curiosity increases, the end result may be different from what you started with. 

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When we write, we often want the best resource available online on a given topic.

This is impossible and only adds pressure. Instead, consider published essays as incomplete by default. Write what you know about a topic now. Then, when you find a new resource, you can always edit it later or write a new essay.

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Most ideas come at inconvenient times, such as during a conversation with a friend, a thought while watching a show, a link while you're exercising.

  • Get used to writing ideas down the moment they pop into your head. Don't judge the ideas - just make them intelligible so that the future you can understand what is in your head. 
  • Ideas are writing prompts. When you start writing it down, there's always something to write about.

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A deadline helps you to focus on the process and publish regularly. It's a commitment. "I'll publish one article every Wednesday by 4 PM."

But life sometimes happens, and you may miss a deadline. Then do everything you can to reach the next one.

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When you publish often, you'll build an audience, and an audience gives you accountability. This accountability will make you want to write more, which will make you better at writing and generating exciting ideas.

Edit and polish your piece until it flows. But at some point, press publish. Then listen to feedback and adjust your following pieces.

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To publish often, you will need a routine. Routines help to establish good habits, enabling you to become better.

Focus on systems, not goals. Choose a specific time each day to write. Use triggers to let your brain know it's time to write, such as a cup of coffee or listening to a specific playlist.

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You'll sometimes read something that speaks to your soul. Or a unique idea. A well-told story. A novel way to explain something.

When you find one of these, save them to a swipe file or write them on index cards. Over time, you'll build a treasure chest of your favourite things to keep as inspiration when you write.

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Use simple tools

Simple tools offer no distractions. It helps you focus and do more, again and again.

George R.R. Martin wrote almost two million words for The Game of Thrones series on WordStar 4.0, a word processor from the 80s. A program such as Text Edit on full-screen is also effective.

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When you first start out, focus on being consistent more than on quality.

Your quality will improve when you keep on writing and publishing. Consistent writing will generate more feedback, allowing you to learn faster what you enjoy writing about and what your audience wants.

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What it takes to write a book

The hardest part of a writer's job is sitting down to do the work. Writing happens in three phases.

  1. Beginning: You have to decide what you're going to write and how you're going to write it.
  2. Staying motivated: You will face self-doubt and overwhelm. Planning ahead will ensure you won't quit when the obstacles come.
  3. Finishing: Nobody cares if you almost wrote a book. They want to read what you actually finished.

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1. Reserve Mornings for Deep Work

You can use the Pomodoro Technique get into the state of flow: work for 25 minutes on a single task and then take a short break of 5 minutes. If you get in the habit of performing Deep Work in the morning, even for just half an hour, your work will rapidly compound over time. Focus on performing Deep Work, meaning you get to work free of distraction for a long time.

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10 Tips on writing from legendary writer William Zinsser

Never have so many people written so profusely and with so few inhibitions. Which means that it was never really a cognitive problem. It was a cultural problem, rooted in that old bugaboo of American education: fear.

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