It wasn’t so long ago when I wrote my first book. I remember falling in love with the writing process. I’d set word count goals each day and fulfill them accordingly. On most days I wrote more than I intentionally planned. On other days, I struggled to reach the quota. I did it every day for more than four weeks before my first draft was finished.
It’s hard to describe the feeling of accomplishment you feel when you produce such work. It lifts your whole spirit. you start noticing finer points of life. And you get happy over the ordinary activities — like having drinks with your friends. While writing you develop the new lens to observe the world. You find ways to express and share your ideas thoughtfully.
It was also a therapy, as I felt content after writing sessions. It resembled the feeling of long nights and deep conversations with your soulmates.
I fell in love with writing every day and it helped me publish my first book.
The technical side of the writing process was fantastic. I had to focus only on one thing at the time. I had to crank at least 1000 words each day to satisfy my quota. After finishing my first draft, I could focus only on editing. Re-reading my work felt like talking to a distant twin. I felt close to my work. And after I completed the whole, process, the book was ready to see the light of day.
After finishing the book, I felt like I managed to build a daily writing habit. I wrote before I started working on my novel, but it wasn’t as organized and I’d have huge patches of time when I’d completely forget about typing words. That time around I did it, from start to finish.
With the new feeling of accomplishment, I decided to blog daily on Medium. After seeing great writers share their magic here, I was inspired to try to publish two pieces each day. I thought I‘m ready for it as I already had the writing habit. I write every day. So why couldn’t I publish every day? Easy-peasy.
As my daily goals changed — from writing a set amount of words to publishing a set amount of articles — I realized this is a whole other ball game. The thing I failed to understand at the beginning is how publishing is different from editing and how both of these things are different from writing.
Let take a step back and explain the differences:
WRITING = You have the job to dream and breath your ideas, vision and stories to life.
EDITING =Your stories get the ticket to the fine tuning shop where you’re the headmaster. You have the opportunity to play with words and overall message. You eventually figure out how to format your stories for your readers.
PUBLISHING = You take the story to the world. You make your work clear to others. You reproduce the piece across different platforms to reach the right audiance.
While these steps overlap in certain areas, they are very different and they demand different skills.
To accomplish my daily goal — of publishing at least two readable and relevant articles — I was forced to change my approach.
I wake up every morning and start writing as soon as I regain enough consciousness. I usually crank out the first 1000 words on my tablet, before I get out of bed. When I finish my morning writing, I feel the little push of early accomplishment and start my day. Somewhere in the afternoon, I found enough time to re-read my morning work and edit the parts to fit the intended message. Then, sometime in the evening, I get to the publishing part. And before 2 a.m., on most days, I’m ready to go to bed.
This process is nothing I expected it would be when I started writing here. On most days, editing and publishing parts would melt into one long streak before bed. I’d also catch up on some of the publishing work in the afternoon, the next day.
I believe you can hone one or two of these skills to a good standard, but the third one will weight you down. I find that my strengths lay in writing and editing. I enjoy both parts of the process and they fill me up with productive energy.
When I have to publish my work and send it out to all the platforms, I choke and my motivation dips down. I publish on Medium, but I connect my stories to my social media accounts, different story sharing networks and I answer questions connected to my newly published articles on Quora.
The process is overwhelming and I don’t create nearly as much as I originally set out to do.
Blogging is a skill when you can successfully juggle all the parts of creating your content. These means being proficient(to some degree) in writing, editing, and publishing.