Recently, a reader asked me if I had any tips on being a writer.
I never considered myself a “writer” (most writers don’t), even though I have been publishing online in various forms for the last 10 years.
The question forced me to think. I started writing, so I could think (see #2 below).
When I finished typing a reply, I noticed I had written a short essay on lessons about the craft of writing.
So here’s what I learned throughout 10 years of writing:
When I started writing, I wrote for myself. …
Browsing social media, playing games, watching Netflix.
Just 3 examples of things you never procrastinate on. No need to rely on motivation or willpower to watch The Office. You just… do.
So it’s easy to assume we only procrastinate on things that aren’t fun.
Like cleaning your room.
But when I was in college, cleaning seemed like a wonderful thing during exam season. Like, seriously, the best thing ever. College Dan be ready to Kondo the entire apartment instead of studying Algebra.
It wasn’t because cleaning was suddenly fun. You wouldn’t see a broom in my hand until the next…