I’ve trained myself to draft articles at 1,500 words per hour — or even faster. I’ve done this by running micro-experiments on my writing process.
Most of these micro-experiments are successful, and I integrate them into my writing process. A couple went flop, and I wrote them off as “lesson learned”. I’m sharing both successes and failures in this article, because what crashed for me might be a good fit for you.
I don’t have a lot of free time, so every moment I have available for writing is precious. …
My readers have voted with their clicks and eyeballs. Now, I’m listening.
For the next month, I’ll only be submitting stories in the niche my readers like best.
I’ll be submitting a minimum of 15 stories in this niche.
I’m coming up to six months on Medium. I’ve published over 130 stories in that time, in a wide range of genres:
My articles on creativity and writing have consistently performed the best.
I’ve yet to publish a viral hit. But all of my…
I’ve been writing professionally for well over a decade, so I was surprised recently when I saw myself referred to as a “beginning writer” in another article. It stung my ego!
I contacted the article writer to let her know my writing background and asked her to update the article. She refused and told me that a beginner is how she sees me, and I shouldn’t be worried about it because there’s no shame in being a beginner or an amateur.
In 10-minutes you can do all kinds of crazy artistry:
Art schools and writing colleges love to teach us that creating art is hard work, and takes forever. It’s in their interest to spread that message, since then they can charge tens of thousands of dollars to teach creativity the slow way.
That message has infected wider culture — and it’s a myth. Art can be…
Allison Cecile went from 0 followers to 319 new followers, and from $0.01 in monthly income to $46.57 in 30 days. That’s an amazing result!
Liv Pasquarelli got a pay raise at her job, so now she’s got more time to focus on the writing she loves. She says the Challenge changed her life.
Trisha Dunbar achieved her goal of reaching 500 followers after just nine days. She’s still going strong!
Liv, Allison and Trisha achieved these results by taking the 30-Day Challenge.
For Allison, the bigger transformation was in her identity. Allison explains:
“I wanted to stop saying, ‘I’m…
When I shared my method for writing at 1,000 words per hour, comments ranged from grateful to downright skeptical. The top-ranked comment is from Don Goldberg, and falls heavily in the skeptical camp:
Yeah. Right. Sure.
To create content.? Yes. Creative content? Takes time.
A quick riposte:
“The sole purpose of the first sentence… is to get you to read the second sentence.” — Joe Sugarman
Joe Sugarman gets it. He’s made millions of dollars writing copy that grips readers.
If you’re anything like me, you write and publish for one reason: for your words to be read. You want to keep your readers gripped from the first sentence until the very last.
That’s not just for the sake of your ego, either. Google uses AI to track how long your audience spends reading your content. “Dwell time” matters. …
“The human brain loathes uncertainty,” writes James Altucher in his book Skip the Line. Uncertainty causes a spike in the stress hormone, cortisol. “We have fear of uncertainty baked into our genes,” Altucher says.
“A modern example of this is the stock market. Often it doesn’t matter if the news is bad or good, the stock market will go up. But if the news is uncertain, the market will crash.”
Uncertainty is what causes writers to feel blocked. The act of writing is a risk, replete with uncertainty and unknowns. …
8x top writer. Story chaser, meaning maker. Sold cleverness and bought bewilderment.