An Idea For Your Next Writing Marathon ✍️


Source: Aaron Burden

Put the phone down 📵

Better: Don’t bring it anywhere near you. Keep it in another room.

Best: Switch it off.

Until this point, you have checked all the notifications you can.

Facebook? Check! Twitter? Check! Instagram? Check? Dropbox? Check! WhatsApp? Check! E-mail? Check! Product Hunt? Check! Snapchat? Check!

You have given enough attention to your phone.

Nope. Nobody’s calling you. Your ear’s simply buzzing. Don’t worry.

That WhatsApp notification can wait. I know it just beeped a few minutes back and you want to finish reading this fast so you can move on to check it.

But hold on. Resist the urge. You are not missing on anything. Really.

Give yourself a tiny break.



It will be hard but it’s going to be worth it.

The worst thing you can do to you craft is not giving it the attention it deserves. Don’t lose something meaningful by robbing it off the time and effort it needs.

To craft a meaningful piece of work, you need focus, attention, and courage. If you do it right, your best writing will happen.

It shows when someone puts all their senses into creating a story. So don’t write a story with only half of your heart in it. It deserves a definite full.

Give a break to your phone. It needs it. You need it.

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Where Great Ideas Die


Source: andrewillustration

The most likely places

In a deck that took 20 hours to create

In that sticky note kept neatly at your desk

In your head

In your boss’s head

In your super boss’s head

In your department head’s head

In drafts

Across deadlines

In an unread book

In a rejected freelance gig

In meeting KPIs

In fear of failure

Don’t let them die.

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The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received


The Five Steps To Avoiding The Writer’s Block

Imagine that one of your good friends is sitting by your side at your favorite coffee house. It’s sunny (or rainy?) outside and your friend is excited to speak to you about something. Lately, they have been thinking about [insert topic] and have some questions [your blog title] about it .

What do you do?

  1. You listen attentively to their question and gather as much information as you can. [Research]
  2. You think of ways you can add value. [Idea generation]
  3. You add your thoughts to your ideas. [Draft]
  4. You refine your thoughts a little [Editing]
  5. You speak [Publish]

In all these steps, you are talking with and thinking about just one person — your friend, your colleague or Rachel (an imaginary person with a problem of their own).

Too often, we fail to ship our work because we think too broad. In writing, this is nothing less than a curse. If you want to avoid writer’s block, be sure to focus on one person who you want to write for.

It’s just like the famous Starfish Story.

“ The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

If your writing makes a difference for just one person, it’s worth it. So write for that one starfish who is waiting to hear you.

If you think this one made a difference for you, hit recommend so that it can make one for others too. (Oh it rhymed!)