⌄ Scroll down to continue ⌄

My Trick for Writing

⌄ Scroll down to continue ⌄
My Trick for Writing

Since I was seven, I’ve told people that I was a writer. I used that as a primary identification all through my formative years, and in High School, I was one of the top writers in my school. I loved it. I ate it up. And then?

I didn’t write much.

“Writer” can be a deadly noun. Well, any label can. If you label yourself a “runner,” and then wreck your ACL, are you still a runner? But writer seems to be especially tricky. That and “artist” and “poet” and anything that requires creativity and motivation to keep doing it.

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

Before 9/11, I wrote 100% fiction. After 9/11, I somehow switched to 100% nonfiction. And then, I still didn’t write much. I blogged all the time. I wrote five or six or ten posts a day (still do, if you follow my various projects). And somehow, I never qualified it as writing.

My Trick for Writing

Blog. I’ve learned that the simple act of using a blog to store my writing gives me a lot more framework and structure. I write much better and more frequently into the blue and white of a WordPress template, or into the beauty known as Performancing than I ever do in MS Word or whatever we’re supposed to use on Macs.

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

Start a private blog. Install a local copy of WordPress. Get in the habit of updating THAT blog with your single project (cough cough…book…cough cough). Trick yourself. Lie. Just say it’s blog posts. Go light on the URL links and the conversational tone (unless your book is conversational in tone). And just write in there.

Write for Money

One thing that sometimes helps spur writers on is money. In the old days the question was, “Are you published?” With sites like Lulu making self-publishing a good thing instead of a vanity, that’s not a hard question to answer. But, when people ask me about all the blogging I’m doing, they say, “Do you get paid?” Boy, it’s rough to feel so sheepish when I answer “Not in cash.”

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄
⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

But then again, ProBlogger just announced a jobs board: http://jobs.problogger.net . So, if you wanted, you *could* get paid for blogging. I suppose there are other ways, but that just seems like an easy way to do it.

The Secret to Writing is… to Write

So whether you’re doing it for money or for passion and other intangibles, I think the secret to writing is to write. My trick to getting that done is using an interface that doesn’t make me think of writing as work. Maybe because I blog a few hours a day, this works.

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄
⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

Would it work for you?

More by this author

7 Uses for a Virtual Machine
7 Uses for a Virtual Machine
When Emailing Think Press Release
Mail, BrainDump, Mail, Do
Stretch Goals Matter
You Had me at Insane

Trending in Lifehack

1 5 Simple And Obvious Tips For Better Communication 2 2 Minutes Book Summary: Talk Like TED 3 1 Minute Book Summary: The Productivity Project 4 2 Minutes Book Summary: How to Read a Book 5 1 Minute Book Summary: Always Hungry?

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising

Explore the Full Life Framework

Advertising
Advertising