Personal writing systems

Today is inspired by a Twitter Space that Erin and hosted as part of 100 Days of Twitter challenge.

There's nothing wrong with learning how to do things from experts, the truth however is that we probably spend too much time doing it. We over think things, over taking action.

We get sucked into how others are doing it. Then often we replicate their ways, often to little success. It's not that people are teaching the wrong thing, it's more the case that generally in life what works for other people won't work for you.

As individuals we need to find our own ways, our own voice, our own rhythms.

The real key to developing a habit of writing is to get out there and do it. On a regular basis. What works for one person may not work for you. At the end of the day we need to find what works for us as individuals.

Creating commitment

Making promises or commitments is what has always worked for me. Sometimes it is just a promise, other times there is money or an actual job attached to it.

A commitment to a weekly curated newsletter has always worked well for me. Pulling things together is great for research, as you curate you learn and can find ideas or gaps to write about.

What really worked for me to get my actual ideas out there (a step up from a curated newsletter) was to make my writing pay. Sometimes this is part of a job where there are deadlines. Other times they are side gigs where I've done things like start a paid newsletter.

Find a way that will make you show up and focus on just that. Be imperfect. You don't even after to share it with anyone. Go through the process x amount of times until you feel comfortable.

The commitment and the habits are key to develop to help you get and keep going.

Tools are always a big discussion

No matter where you go to talk about writing habits, the tools always seem to dominate the discussions.

Erin and I are fans of Notion, more for planning but not necessarily for writing. It just lacks the UX for writing smoothly.

Obsidian is currently what Erin uses and I will probably start looking into in time too, if it's not that, it's Craft, I'm still debating with myself. Personally I just often write quick drafts either direct into Ghost or on Rosieland where I tag things to-do as a reminder for myself to explore a topic further.

Taking notes in generally is important for me. Some people say the best ideas surface to the top, I only partially agree with this. My problem is having too many ideas floating around and I literally forget about things that I want to write about.

I'm still a bit of a mess when it comes to writing down ideas, I need to get better at it. Ideas are all good, but at the end of the day you still have to find the time and space to get something written.

It's all easier said than done.

I'm very happy with my progress, but I want to keep improving.

In 2022, I've been trying for years, but I really want this year to be the year that I publish first on my personally owned spaces before sharing on social media.


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