Here at The Factionary, we read, learn, and write for you to read and learn, too. That’s what we do for a living. Do you want to work with us? Sign up here. However, from the day the idea was conceived to the day we became an online blog, there’s been a lot of writing, and lessons learned throughout the process. We write all the time.
Think of it, from our homes right to our workplaces to where-the-heck else, we write anywhere; so we advise that you pick up the habit, too. Here are some of our reasons why you should write that often.
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Get Your Tools Ready
Getting started isn’t as easy as how to continue in the process, and this, we might say, is the most difficult stage of your writing career. Just as athletes get all their gear ready before they head off to the field or court to train, a writer should also get all the prerequisite tools needed to write. From a sticky notepad to a journal to your diary to whatever you can make a scribble on, get whatever tools you’ll need for writing, and get started.
As founder and CEO of The Factionary writes:
“When I started The Factionary, it was just a Facebook page I posted facts. That was all I thought it was going to be, but over the years, it has evolved into this blog.”
Anything Small Is ‘Okay’
Throughout your life, school taught you that your paper has to be a certain number of words long, or else it’s not accepted. Kill that school mindset and accept the fact that in the real world, if you can’t explain something with a few simple words, you’re too boring. You don’t need to write an entire encyclopedia before you start making sense. No one cares. Just write whatever comes to your mind, and remember that the master was once upon a time an apprentice.
“All my life, never had I ever written an article before, so I just kept it to social media feed as simple-and-easy to read facts.”
Give Up The Judgment
We don’t think of how much to write as much as how best it should be as if there is a quality standard for judging how to write. There isn’t. This is the fault of the school mindset your teachers fed your mind with, and it’s making you feel like you’re not good enough. These are pre-writing biases that make you think you shouldn’t write any crap, but that crap could be a masterpiece. And never compare yourself to anyone’s standard, you’ll only weigh yourself down.
“I never did well in school because my teachers didn’t like my writing, always criticizing my style and choice of words. It made me feel really dumb.”
This could be a blogger, freelancer, or even a teacher. Nonetheless! Knowing that someone is there to motivate and give you feedback serves as reinforcement so you don’t fall back. Even if you can’t find one, there are so many perks online. Social media like Twitter and Facebook are good places to find critical judgment on how you write, (though it’s not strictly advised). But at least having hundreds of jobless grammar teachers tweet and comment about your writing isn’t a bad idea, either.
“I used to comment and correct people’s English on social media for fun, and I became so much careful that this doesn’t happen to me.”
Make It An Appointment
Start writing whenever you feel like it. You don’t have to activate your writing mode — there isn’t anything like a “writing mode.” No! But if you want to write that often, then treat it as a priority and plan your schedule to include your writing moments. This doesn’t have to be a long appointment — a simple 15-minute Fika break could do. However, treat it as a must-do routine, just as going to the gym or a party. This makes it feel like it’s not a chore, but leisure.
“I would always write an idea just as it came to mind, as if, ‘if I don’t do so, I will forget that idea,’ and it was a good way to get a lot done.”
Setup A Framework
Writing an entire article could be stressful, especially if you’re jotting down points, one at a time. Just take it easy. Before you write something that seems complicated, build the framework of whatever you want to write about. Don’t describe. No details. Just the structure of your work. This serves as scaffolding that helps ease down the stress associated with writing, so when you start you know exactly what to do, expanding thoughts you’ve already pinned down.
“I draft about five articles each day, or even more. I never finish writing an article. Never. I only draft it into the structure I want, then work on it later.”
Read, Learn, Then Write
“I read wide, and learn quite anything, so when I begin to write, it feels like I have all the information I need already with me before I even hit the keys.”
Here’s the rationale: the more you read, the more you learn, therefore, the more you know to write about — simply forget it, and you’ll write nothing. Reading opens your mind to more ideas from different writers that enlightens your mindset like an encyclopedia, so you learn a lot that influences your writing more than you could have imagined. This gives you exposure to different techniques and methods that when combined, it makes your writing a masterpiece.
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Written by: Editorial Board, Fri, Oct 22, 2021.