Hard Lessons I’m Learning About Writing by Writing Every Day

1. Write first thing, or you’ll spend hours procrastinating.

Yes, even before you check your phone or go on the Internet! In fact, don’t do either of those things at all until you’ve published for the day (unless you absolutely need to, to research something for the piece, for example).

2. Try to write the first draft in one sitting.

As hard as it can be to fight the urge to get up, walk around, talk to someone, open the fridge, or check your phone, try to write at least the first draft of your article or blog post in one sitting.

3. If an idea for a piece comes to you, write it down immediately.

This is one I need to get much better at. Sometimes while I’m reading or doing some stretches in the morning, I get a glimpse of something I could turn into an article.

4. Don’t get pulled into conversations with the people around you.

Depending on what time you get up, there may or may not be anyone else awake in your house.

5. Give yourself a deadline.

Set a time when it needs to be done, and then focus on reaching that timeline (or you’ll take all day to do it). If I’m home for the day, I can easily trick myself into believing I have all day to do this one thing.

6. It’s easier not to tell people about what you’re doing.

Even though you’re excited about your new endeavour (whatever it may be), others are likely just sceptical or confused by it. They probably don’t think you’re serious (and fair enough, because if you’re like me, you’ve probably talked about it or attempted it before).

The only person it really needs to make sense to is you.

7. Don’t spend 5 minutes of every hour checking your stats and hoping for new notifications.

That adds up to a lot of wasted time throughout the day, and will likely bring nothing but frustration and disappointment.

Life is an adventure, and learning is never finished. Sharing insights, experiences, and lessons learned to inspire your curiosity and creativity.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store