I often see people who say they want to write more often and the solutions they come up with are basically along the lines of “you have to work through your suffering.” This is actually the case for most creative works and the general principles apply to most of them, such as painting, poetry, music, design, etc. I take a different approach than this masochistic protestant work ethic. I use my SEEP system to make it so I write more frequently, and it’s a lot more painless and indeed, actually enjoyable (that being the second E in the SEEP system).
In summary you satisfice on polish, do it when you’re inspired, and make it short. A way to remember this is the acronym PISh. To get it to really stick in your head, remember an imaginary conversation with a person who says that writing is really hard and you reply, “Pish posh! Writing is delightful, dear boy!” (In this scenario you are an eccentric British writer sipping tea and talking to squirrels of course.) You could even add, “You simply have to let the habit SEEP into your life” and reuse the memorization tool I developed for the habit-formation system I designed called SEEP.
Without further ado, let’s jump into the explanation of the actual points.
So there you go: write short posts when you’re inspired with 80/20 grammar. The overall principles behind this being: make it short, do it when you’re excited to, and satisfice on polish.
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Katherine Xio Savoie
I'm an effective altruist who co-founded Charity Science. This blog is where I write about everything, particularly happiness, health, life hacks, and psychology.