A beginner’s guide (it was made by a beginner)
“I’ll write that article later, it’s too difficult to do right now”
“I’ll wait until I’m feeling more creative, I’ll write that article them”
If you listen to those voices inside your head, you won’t write anything. You’ll always talk yourself out of starting. And if you start, you’ll convince yourself not to finish.
This is worrying because you need to write more to get better at writing. You need to write as much as you can. Increasing the difficulty of the articles you try to write. This is because creativity can be deliberate. Having a habit of showing up helps you be creative.
We often think of creativity as a spontaneous chain reaction. We feel like we have this amazing idea that came from nothing. But let’s think about that analogy in terms of nuclear physics. A chain reaction can occur when critical mass is reached. That means we have the smallest amount of materials to start a chain reaction. Doesn’t that relate to writing so well?
What is the smallest amount of bad articles you have to write before you write decent ones? What’s the smallest amount of decent articles you have to write before you write great ones?
You’ll never find out if you don’t show up. You’ll never find out if you don’t make showing up to your desk, or your writing pad a consistent habit.