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This Is My Ridiculously Boring Writing Process

It may be boring, but it works for me

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I’ve been writing every day recently.

It feels like I’m finding a rhythm. It’s not always easy, but I keep at it.

This is my writing process.

The start

After getting up, I generally head straight to my laptop.

I get on Medium and check on what’s happened overnight.

I then start to write.

The goal is to write 3 posts each day. I then schedule 2 of those posts for later.

This allows me to build a little buffer. If, for some crazy reason, I weren’t able to write for a few days, there would still be posts going up.

The world wouldn’t collapse.

I might try to go on vacation at some point and take it easy on the writing. We’ll see.

Sometimes, I’ll change the schedule up.

If I write a post that I feel has to be shared ASAP, I’ll set that one up to get posted the next day.

Other than that, I keep chugging along. Write 3 posts and add them to the queue.

The details

These are the details of my daily routine:

  • 2–4 hours of writing
  • 2–4 hours of reading and learning
  • 1–2 hours on Medium reading other authors’ work and engaging with my audience

Beyond that, I’m pretty fried.

So, I’ll just go about the rest of my life and capture any ideas that come up.

I take long walks, go to jiu jitsu, and lift weights. While doing these other activities, things pop into my head. I’ll note them down on my phone and come back to them later.

Even while doing the most mundane of chores, things might come to me. While I’m washing dishes, folding laundry, or cooking dinner.

If I give my mind the room to wander, it will do so. I just make sure I’m there to capture the thoughts as best I can.

The approach

I try to look at my writing as planting seeds.

I plant these seeds and have no clue which of them will grow into beautiful trees.

Sometimes, I think a story is going to rock the world. And then nobody reads it.

Other times, I think that a story isn’t that great. And then it gets a lot of traction.

I have no way of knowing beforehand what writing my audience will appreciate. This is what makes it exciting.

There’s a quality standard I hold myself to. I try to focus on a few aspects of my writing like headlines, structure, grammar, etc.

But if I’ve met my bar, I really can’t tell you what’s going to do well and what won’t.

I just can’t predict the future.

So there you have it. A brief look into my writing process and how I’m able to churn out stories here on Medium.

The days are all different, but they follow a similar blueprint.

It’s been fun to adjust this process over time. Who knows what my process will look like in a few years.

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