How to Start Writing
Step 1: Realize that you have something you want to say.
Step 2: Admit that you want to write a book, telling yourself, “It can’t be THAT hard.”
Step 3: Join a writing group at your local coworking center.
Step 4: Listen when someone suggests starting small with individual posts on Medium.
Step 5: Publish your first post and see what happens.
Step 6: Nothing happens
Step 7: Try again.
Step 8: Nothing happens.
Step 9: Try again.
Step 10: Flip your shit when someone leaves a comment and then quickly realize it’s negative.
Step 11: Draft a hostile response to their negative criticism.
Step 12: Take a deep breath and delete that comment.
Step 13: Redraft a response that thanks them for reading and sharing their thoughts.
Step 14: Use that comment to tweak the next draft of your post.
Step 15: Republish that post.
Step 16: Make a sweeping declaration (to yourself) that you’ll start writing for 30 minutes each day.
Step 17: Publish your next post and promise yourself you won’t assault the first person who comments.
Step 18: Start an ongoing dialogue with the people who care enough to follow you and share your writing.
Step 19: Tell a friend you’re starting to look for more paid writing opportunities without admitting you haven’t actually had your first paid writing opportunity.
Step 20: Pick your jaw up off of the floor when she mentions her company is actually looking for paid writers for a new blog they’re starting.
Step 21: Write your first post for them ask quickly as possible to show that you know how to crush a deadline.
Step 22: Receive your first paycheck as a writer and instantly doubt your ability to keep up this charade.
Step 23: Revamp and rebrand that shitty blog you started a while back.
Step 24: Submit a few articles to other Medium publications.
Step 25: Get rejected.
Step 26: Try again.
Step 27: Get rejected.
Step 28: Try again.
Step 29: Pop a bottle when a publication finally accepts your post!
Step 30: Re-cork that bottle when you realize they only have four followers.
Step 31: Try and pop that same bottle again when another post is accepted, this time with a publication with more than four followers.
Step 32: Acknowledge this is a sad and fruitless endeavor (popping an already-popped bottle, not writing).
Step 33: Realize you need a challenge.
Step 34: Announce on social media that you are going to write AND publish a post every day for a month (just like everyone else on Medium).
Step 35: Realize you’re an even bigger masochist than you thought and also announce your first writing workshop.
Step 36: During the workshop, make everyone push the “Publish” button on their first post.
Step 37: Wonder how the hell you’re going to pull off another workshop.
Step 38: Finish your daily writing challenge and share what you learned.
Step 39: Revamp and rebrand that shitty newsletter you started a while back.
Step 40: Finally start that book you wanted to write over two years ago.
Step 41: Use your newsletter to see if the book outline is any good.
Step 42: Continue writing your book, ignoring that creeping sense of self-doubt that consistently asks, “Why the fuck would anyone want to read an entire book written by you?!”
Step 43: Realize that you have something you want to say.
Do you want to start a career in writing? How are you approaching it? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter at @williamfrazr.
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