10 things I’ve learned from writing and publishing daily

{tips and tricks collected from a process of trial and error}

1. Waking early helps me write faster and better.

I’ve said it before, it’s simply easier to focus first thing in the morning. It takes me no more than two hours to write, edit, and publish an article if I do it first thing. This means if I get up by 6am I can complete my commitment to publish daily before my little one gets up around 8am. If I don’t manage to rise early enough or if I let other tasks distract me, my writing gets pushed back and drawn out until I finally publish at bedtime.

2. Writing daily doesn’t have to be time consuming.

Right now I spend a couple of hours each day crafting an article that I can publish. That may seem like a lot of time, but keep in mind that I’m writing, editing, and publishing during this 30-day challenge and two hours is less time that it used to take to do all that. Normally my daily writing habit entails about 20 minutes of free writing each morning. That’s no time at all! Even on days when I feel like I don’t have any spare time I can give up 20 minutes of social media scrolling or I can write while I’m eating or riding in the car.

3. Documentation is easier than creation.

I used to think that in order to write an article worth reading I had to come up with something authoritative and comprehensive.

Gary Vaynerchuk helped change my perspective by helping me understand that “while you’re thinking, pondering, strategizing and debating, you could be developing, doing, acting, and making.” {source}

I’m learning that when I let myself write about what I’m doing instead of pressuring myself to write an authoritative article on any given subject, I help people. I help people because I’m actually shipping — I’m actually buckling down to write.

4. Putting something on the page is better than nothing.

So many people aren’t writing. I don’t know everything and I’m not the most articulate, but if the people who could say things better than I do aren’t saying anything then my words are worth sharing. Something is better than nothing.

Additionally, when I think my thoughts are too disorganized and scattered to communicate, spilling them onto the page lets me edit and revise them until I can come up with something cohesive. Rough drafts are better than blank pages, which leads me to my next point…

5. Rough drafts can be rough.

Sometimes a piece of writing flows out almost perfectly and requires no edits. Usually this happens when I’ve been thinking on a topic for a long time. I have essentially drafted and edited it in my mind before writing down a single word. I used to rely heavily on this process, but I have had to admit that it is not actually effective.

How many great ideas have I lost simply because I wanted to wait until they were fully-formed to write them down? Rough drafts allow me to retain ideas and thoughts long enough to make something of them, and sometimes seeing them in front of me helps me sort them out more effectively than I would have been able to in my head.

6. Solving problems for my readers is rewarding.

Every single day that I have published an article this month at least one of my readers has thanked me.

Before I started posting regularly I thought I should wait to publish until I had something worth writing about. I’m learning that I don’t get to decide what’s worth reading, my readers do. So I put out content, see what resonates, and then put out more content. Years of going through this process has given me confidence that I can consistently write words that help people.

7. Words written for one person resonate with many.

Five days ago I wrote about the idea of keeping one reader in mind when you write. Four days ago I took my own advice and wrote an article for one person I knew who was struggling to connect with her audience. Multiple readers sent me messages saying how helpful that article was to them.

Helping people is my #1 motivation. Writing and publishing regularly has taught me that when I focus on helping one person I end up helping so many more.

8. I can kill writer’s block before it has a chance to paralyze me.

Emotional whims no longer keep me from creating content for public consumption. I make a commitment to show up and I show up. I choose my topics in advance so I never have to wonder what to write about. Writer’s block doesn’t stand a chance.

9. An ideal writing environment helps.

Eliminating distractions and establishing a routine make building a writing habit easy. Recently I have been drafting my articles by hand in a physical notebook so that I’m not tempted to check my email or open apps on my computer. Rising for the day before anyone else in the house is another way I help myself focus. These boundaries help minimize the friction inherent in developing discipline.

10. An ideal writing environment isn’t necessary.

It is far too easy to put off writing when things aren’t just so, but nowadays things in my life are never just so. I have a baby, so one ear is always turned toward her even when she is asleep. When she disturbs me in the night I struggle to wake up in the morning. If I were to only write when the conditions are right I would never write at all.

The only thing that is vital to building a writing habit is writing. Tips and tricks can help, but ultimately I simply have to choose to write. Perhaps that is the main thing I’ve learned from writing and publishing every day.

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