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how to write more

April 01, 20202 min read

I’m trying to re-establish a writing habit. Here are my techniques:

  1. I start my day by writing non-stop for 5 minutes, using Squibler’s “Dangerous Mode”.
  2. I use Andrew by telling him when I plan to write and encouraging him to push me to follow through.
  3. I schedule writing time on my calendar.
  4. I’ve made a public commitment to writing, with money and my reputation on the line.

  5. I keep my notes app open all day; I write down interesting thoughts as soon as they arise so I don’t forget them, and can build on them later.
  6. If I’m sitting down to write, and short on ideas, I look back at ‘casual’ writing that I’ve done in the past few days. Have I had any interesting Slack or texting conversations? I sometimes turn a long text conversation into a short post. I especially like this method because it’s based on a conversation with a real person. It’s hard to write for a Generic Audience, and sometimes if I try to, I end up saying nothing meaningful at all. When I narrow my scope to one person, I don’t hedge, because adding qualifications is something you do to account for all the edge cases, and there are no edge cases when talking to one person. The result is usually a stronger article.