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How I Write 56 Stories in 8 Weeks (Without Breaking My Streak)

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Sweat and tears are nice. Having fun and “quick and dirty” is better.

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly juggling multiple roles, from a thriving part-time writing business to family life with two kids and marriage.

But fret not, because I’m here to share some valuable tips on how I manage to write consistently amidst my busy schedule and manage to write 56 stories in 8 weeks.

1. Create Your Writing Sanctuary

First things first, you need a designated writing space, time, and ambiance. Just like my YouTube setup, having a dedicated place for writing can make all the difference.

Whether it’s a cozy corner at home or an inspiring cafe, find your go-to spot where you can focus and get into the writing zone.

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Yesterday, I moved upstairs with my creativity hub since my baby girl has her room now.

2. Overcome Writer’s Block with 150 Words

We all have those days when the words just won’t flow. When faced with writer’s block, challenge yourself to write just 150 words.

It’s a manageable goal that can break the deadlock and get your creativity back on track.

I recommend “The Shortform” by Jonathan Townend, RMN. That’s my favorite pub and I inspired already hundreds of writers to start microblogging. Especially when you’re a busy working mom, it’s a game-changer.

Jonathan and his team will publish your story within a few hours.

3. Write What You’re Passionate About

Instead of chasing the latest trends, write about your daily life, your expertise, or the things that genuinely interest you.

Authenticity shines through in your content and keeps you motivated to write consistently.

I write a lot bout online courses, writing on Substack or Medium because that’s what I love. Teaching others how to start writing online, the platforms to share your thoughts, and how to make money.

4. Gamify Your Writing Approach

Keep things exciting by varying word counts, topics, and publication platforms. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles, tones, and formats.

Writing should be an enjoyable journey, not a monotonous task.

Instead of chasing to get boosted on Medium or getting published in a big publication, why not write as if no one is reading and have FUN.

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5. Stay Engaged and Read

Even when you’re stuck in your writing process, stay engaged by reading and commenting on other content.

This not only keeps you connected with your community but also sparks new ideas and perspectives.

Medium is a relational platform. It’s all about relationships.

Claps and comments are like a warm hug on a rainy day. So spread some love 😀

6. Don’t Let Two Days Pass

Commit yourself: don’t let more than two days pass without writing, even if it’s just drafts.

Consistency is key, and this practice will help keep your creative juices flowing.

As recommended above, my tip is to write at least 150 words. These 150 words could also be about not finding time to write 🙂

7. Leverage Online Communities

Just as I’ve built a community around my Medium blog and Substack newsletter, you can leverage platforms like Medium to connect with like-minded individuals.

Don’t forget to reciprocate by engaging with others’ content.

On Substack, you can cross-post another writer’s newsletter issue. On Medium you can tag someone who inspired you in your story.

8. Embrace Imperfection

Remember, it’s okay to write without judgment.

Don’t overthink or criticize yourself during the writing process.

Publish your content and move on to the next project; you can always improve along the way.

That’s crucial! Don’t overedit your blog post.

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Chances are you only get a few views anyway… so better improve your writing, iterate, and become better while publishing.

“Quick and dirty” is fine.

9. Cross-Post for Diverse Readership

Expand your reach by cross-posting your content on different platforms like X, LinkedIn, Facebook, and more.

This helps you tap into diverse readerships and grow your audience.

Stories that work on Substack may not work on Medium or the other way around.

Posts on X may not work on Medium.

Why not take advantage of ALL platforms by sharing your message via ALL your channels?

10. Consistency is the Key

Lastly, consistency breeds success.

Stick to your writing ritual, and over time, your brain will adapt and crave the routine.

Fresh topics will flow effortlessly as you continue to write consistently.

In conclusion, …

As a fellow writer with a busy schedule, I can attest to the effectiveness of these tips.

Design your writing sanctuary, stay authentic, and maintain a steadfast writing ritual.

With persistence and dedication, you can achieve your goals just as I aim to make some nice extra bucks through writing on Medium, growing my email list on Substack, sharing my tutorials on YouTube, and teaching people what I learned and know through online courses.

Do you have any tips to stay consistent and pump out stories while having fun?

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