I’ve been writing on Medium for nearly one year now. There were some months where I would write about 15 articles, and others where I would write maybe one or two.
But there are five articles of mine which have brought me the greatest success. They’ve made me enough money to pay off my trip to month-long trip to Europe (now cancelled, thanks Corona).
The content within them couldn’t vary more. But there is one thing that these articles all have in common — and that is how quickly I was able to write them.
Each one took around 0.5–2 hours to write.
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In terms of output vs. reward, they benefited me greatly. So, why do I think that is?
1. Knowledge & experience
The only way that someone can write a decent article at top speed is for that person to know exactly what they’re writing about.
My successful articles have all been about my own personal experiences. Whether it was grief, introversion, writing, weight-loss or productivity, I’d been there, done that.
My writing didn’t have to be researched. I didn’t have to think about it. I’d been on the front line of each experience — lived and breathed.
I wrote from my own experiences, from my heart and from my memory. I wrote about what I’d learnt and how I’d felt.
I wrote about my experiences with a strong desire to help others through theirs. And with that, the words just poured.
Writing about a topic you’re passionate about is like turning on the faucet of an extremely fast-flowing tap.
It pours out of you, and your fingers can’t seem to move fast enough across the keyboard.
Yes, it’s fun to write about something new. It’s also good for you as a writer to write about topics you’re not too sure about, to need to research, to explore… but they’re not going to be the articles that free flow.
If your goal is to write fast and to write well, choose something that fuels your fire. Something you don’t have to force.
3. Letting go of perfectionism
I’m a perfectionist, but Medium has taught me to loosen the reigns a little.
I could read my articles over and over and still miss something — a grammatical error, a spelling mistake, a missing word. But I’m human.
I’ll read each article twice, fix what I can, and make peace with it.
Small mistakes don’t stop the messages I receive from readers who have found comfort in my words or inspiration from my experiences.
Try not to get too bogged down with the desire to make the most perfect article there ever was. Definitely re-read and edit, but make peace with the fact that you’re not a robot.
It’s just not necessary. People will be more interested in the overall content, and the way your piece made them feel.
If you’re a lover of writing, try not to place too many restrictions on yourself.
It’s okay to write fast.
It’s okay to get to the point quickly.
It’s okay if the article is written from your own personal experience and no one else’s, because your opinion is valid.
I urge you to try and write an article from the heart. Choose a life experience, examine what you learned from it, and let loose.
Not only are you likely to help or inspire someone, but it is low-input (in terms of time and energy) with the chance of high-reward.
It’s also a release, and feels damn good.