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This is an extra edition dedicated to writing tips.
#109 – February 1, 2024
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Wise: My writing routine
As a writer, I’ve always been intrigued by the routines and tools of others.
Over time, I’ve developed a reliable writing routine. Here are my top 3 tips:
- Write down article ideas as you go through life. As I move through my day, I keep a sharp eye out for article ideas. I see everything as potential writing material. Whether it’s an overheard conversation in a café or a thought that pops up during a workout.
- Write down the title. I always start with the title in mind. I make these notes in the app I write in, Ulysses. I want to avoid friction. I don’t want to use different types of apps.
- Give yourself details. Sometimes I come back to my writing app to see article ideas that only have a title. But I can’t recall what it’s about. So you need to give yourself more details. I simply write one or two sentences about what the article will be about.
Writing is a process. Your writing evolves as you evolve.
I talk about the other 8 tips for building a good writing routine in my new article.
Wealthy: Starting a writing habit
Writing is one of the most powerful tools that can transform your life. It can be an outlet for your thoughts and emotions, which leads to personal and professional growth.
But how do you start a writing habit that sticks?
The best strategy is the simplest one: Set the bar really low.
Forget about writing 1000 words or a full page in your journal. You don’t have to churn out an entire blog post, chapter, or journal entry at once.
Write a few words about simple things like what time you woke up and how you feel. Once you break that initial barrier, the words will flow more easily.
In my other new article, I show you 9 other tips for starting (and keeping) a writing habit.
One interesting thing
There is a quote from the French-born writer, Anaïs Nin, that I think shows one of the biggest benefits of writing:
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
Writing helps us make sense of our thoughts. It gives meaning to our experiences.
Thanks for reading! I hope you found this edition of Wise & Wealthy useful.
All the best,
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