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Jan 29, 2019 08:19:02

How To Write Consistently

by @valentino | 291 words | 54🔥 | 430💌

Valentino Urbano

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The only way to make sure to write consistently is to schedule time for it every day. It will happen that you find a topic that you want to write about right away and kick the ground running. Most of the times you won't and you will be staring at a blank page.

The best way I found to write consistently is to have a pool of ideas always ready. If I sit down to write and nothing comes out I just pick one idea randomly from my list.

Another way would be to always pick an idea from the list before you start writing - I usually pick it the day before - and stick it up.

I'm against setting a minimum word count for blog posts. If you were writing something longer - let's say a novel - and you wanted to make meaningful progress on it than that's the only case when you should. When I do that I usually start gradually, first 500 words, then 1k, then 2k.

The morning is when you have the most energy, and that's when you should write. When I did commute by train I spent that idle time to write. Now that I use a car I don't, so I write in the evenings and instead write ideas down in the morning. Being a programmer I'm more of a night owl, than an early riser as many writers are.

1. Write every idea down

2. Pick the best ones

3. Allot 30 minutes to write every day - you can pick how many, 30 feels the right amount of time without it being a huge commitment

4. Show up and do the work

You're always going to be busy. If you really care about writing, you need to find the time, somehow, somewhere.

Originally published at www.valentinourbano.com

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    @valentino Good tips. What gets scheduled gets done. Clearly you have figured out what it takes to write consistently. Thanks for sharing.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 29, 2019 06:59:19
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    @valentino and yet another awesome post to bookmark and to include in a Community tips section... Thank you so much Val!

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 29, 2019 17:00:57
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    @valentino Discipline over motivation every time.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 29, 2019 08:24:53
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