It’s Easier to Consume Than to Create

And other lessons from 2+ months on Medium

Writing Motivation
  1. It’s harder than it looks.
  • Simplicity in writing, especially in internet writing, is key. This takes practice.
  • Hold your judgment — of other people’s work, and of your own.
  • Set a limit on how much you consume (ie 2 articles a day, no food after 9pm). This will help you against spending hours clicking through posts, or binging before bed.
  • Notice when you are resisting your work. Resistance is often connected to fear, which also comes up with perfectionism and high expectations.
  • Create habits and systems that help you. Do you work best alone at home or at a cafe? Morning or evening, before or after lunch? Create a framework that support your work. And turn off all notifications on your phone.
  • Stop trying to be original
  • It’s okay not to be original
  • Don’t let your desire to be original stop you from making something.
  • I have a compulsive need to write, and writing is a way I relate to the world and to self expression. It helps me think.
  • I want to be a better writer. I want to develop a career as a writer.
  • I want to develop better writing and work habits.
  • To prove that I can make a commitment and keep to it.
  • Decide what your purpose is in writing and what kind of post you want to create.
  • Utilize resources and tools that will support your goal.

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Yael Shira

Creative practice, chronic illness, and everyday healing. Writing to write, 25 minutes a day.