5 Reasons To Write Every Day

Popularity, Claps And New Subscribers Didn’t Make The List

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Why write? Why do it every day? I’ve had stories range in popularity from one to over a thousand fans. Just two weeks ago, a story of mine garnered only two fans and seven claps. I wasn’t demoralized. I didn’t cry. Did I care? Sure. I’m human. But here’s the thing.

Claps, sign ups and popularity are outcomes of writing. They are not motivations for writing.

I decided to stay true to myself and write about my own personal experiences and domains of expertise. Write on a consistent schedule for an indefinite time period. You’ll win your share of claps, subscribers and other accolades. It will come in small bursts here and there but it does happen.

I see a lot of great writers lament the flowery bullshit that reigns at the top of the popularity charts. You know what I’m talking about, right?

“7 Things To Do Before Bed That Will Transform You Into A Millionaire By Morning”

That’s not the title of a real article but it sums up the type of story that wins the most love from readers.

I’ve had four viral stories out of about seven-hundred. All four were based on lessons learned from my personal life. You only have so many of those stories in you. Most of my stories focus on ultra-specific lessons that appeal to a small audience.

I’ve been tempted to write the flowery self-help-deception stories but I haven’t. It’s not why I write. External motivation like that is unsustainable — at least for me.

If not for popularity or ego, then why write?

I can’t speak for anyone else but this is why I write. If you’re a writer who struggles with getting exposure, perhaps this will spark something in you.

Document My Life

Most of my stories begin with a personal experience and then transition to a lesson. I have over six-hundred stories that follow this format. It’s a way to document the most interesting experiences of your life.

Every so often, I’ll go back and look at old stories and reminisce about experiences I had forgotten about. They’re short snippets but each one triggers a flood of memories.

Find Connections

Connecting the life experience with the lesson is the act of finding meaning in everyday life. Some would call this an “aha moment.” Sometimes it is. Sometimes it confirms what I already know. In either case, it opens the dopamine floodgates that makes writing addictive.

I wrote about this in more detail in How I Wrote 200 Unique Blog Posts In 200 Days.

Remind Myself Of What I Should Be Doing

Have you ever heard the phrase I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know about…

Write about it and you won’t forget. Writing a story about the finer points of crafting a sales bullet reminds me of what I should be doing with my own sales bullets. Did you just learn something from a great book? Write about it and commit to trying it out yourself.

Teaching Is The Best Way To Learn

It’s okay to write about things you haven’t yet mastered. In fact, teaching the little you do know crystallizes the lesson in your mind.

Teaching a complex lesson forces you to explain it in simple terms that others understand. Transforming complex into simple challenges you… every time. You won’t always succeed but you’ll always know more than when you started.

I Enjoy It

I listed this last but it’s the most important. Why commit to any daily practice if you do not enjoy it? My writing time is my own time. No matter what other chaos happens that day, I always have that one hour to lose myself in creativity.

Experimenter in life, productivity, and creativity. Work in Forge | Elemental | Business Insider | GMP | Contact: barry@barry-davret dot com.

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