Planning to build a writing habit? Follow this technique to ensure writing is easier
Since I’ve been publishing for the last 16 days, quite a few people have reached out asking about the journey.
One common thing I hear is — “I don’t have a lot of time & energy to write every day.” I had the same feeling when I started. Over the last few days, I’ve tried various things that have increased my speed of writing. Most impactful has been -
Prepping the page
I never start from an empty page.
An empty page presents endless opportunities. Starting down one path means leaving 100 others which is difficult. I am stuck staring at the page. This is also true for life in general, endless choices (or their illusion) & fear of losing the options makes you stagnant.
Thus whenever I have a few minutes, I just write down the main ideas I want to communicate & break down the page into chunks. Whenever I actually sit down to write, filling up these chunks is a breeze then.
This is what my usual breakdown for these atomic essays looks like-
Background: what am I writing about, why?
Main idea: what is my approach to the topic
Point 1: how does it help?
and so on
As a child, I loved the fill in the blanks questions as I had to write less. Writing within these blocks feels like filling in the blanks. It is easy, fast, fun & less work.
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