How to Write Every Day

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I get a lot of emails from people asking me how I manage to write a new blog post every day.

The number one reason I’m able to do so is simply because I have a lot of free time. I don’t have any kids, I live in an apartment that requires little maintenance/upkeep and I have a short commute to work. This means I naturally have plenty of time each day to sit down and write.

Aside from having free time, there are a few other habits and insights that have helped me stick to my daily writing habit:

I show up every day. Each morning I wake up between 5:30 – 6:30 AM, take a cold shower, drink a cup of water, brew some coffee, and sit down at my desk. I don’t always have an idea of what I want to write about when I sit down. But I have found that as long as I can show up, eliminate distractions (my phone) and sip coffee, the ideas start flowing eventually.

I eliminate the need for motivation. By making writing a daily habit, I don’t have to rely on motivation or inspiration to sit down and write. It’s simply something I do each day without thinking about it. It feels as natural as brushing my teeth. I don’t debate whether or not I should write. I just write.

As soon as an idea for an article pops into my head, I jot it down. I keep a folder full of notes for article ideas in my phone. I currently have 92 different notes sitting in that folder. If I find myself sitting at my desk without anything to write about, I scroll through this folder for some ideas. This has proven to be surprisingly helpful. 

I resist the urge to write the “perfect” post. I have already accepted the fact that not every post I write will be a home run. Some are 10/10’s, but most are just 6’s or 7’s. I have found that it’s better to churn out a bunch of 7’s on a consistent basis than write one 10 per month. Perfectionism is the enemy of progress. 

I follow my curiosity. When I first started this blog, I thought I had to write about what every other blogger in personal finance wrote about: 401(k)’s, Roth IRA’s, minimalism,  credit cards, etc. Over time, I started to branch out and follow my curiosities. This has made blogging so much more enjoyable. If I feel like creating an interactive visual one day, I do that. If I feel like sharing a piece about my personal journey, I do that. If I feel like writing about some Netflix movie that I watched and how it relates to personal finance, I do that.

My writing advice in one sentence: Show up every day, don’t be a perfectionist, and write about things that intrigue you. 

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14 Replies to “How to Write Every Day”

  1. Thanks for the great advice…. i only started blogging recently, but i do the same thing. I write everyday, and i allow myself a bit of range to explore a range of topics, typically finance related, but typically whatever excites me at the moment.

    I read your concept of the four pillars, definitely resonates with me

  2. Yeah. I like it and can learn from this. It’s easy to overthink it or put it off. Your process cures a lot of these issues. Do you always then post from your morning sit down or do they sometimes sit in draft? Tom

    1. I always post from my morning writing. Another benefit from writing before work each morning is that I give myself a strict deadline on when I have to finish the article so I can leave for work on time. I find that this forces me to focus during the 2 – 2.5 hours of writing. Thanks for the comment, Tom!

  3. Yup! There’s so much value to waking up early and letting the creativity flow from you. I also started doing something exciting: I booked a me-only writing retreat. It’s at a super cool Airbnb in the mountains and it’s time just for me to write, with zero distractions. Can’t wait!

    1. Love the idea of a you-only writing retreat. I have actually considered doing something similar before, but have never gotten around to it. Maybe I’ll try it out this summer. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  4. Great advice Zach! The discipline to wake up early and make writing a daily habit whether you have an idea or not is very impressive. Definitely would like to get to the point where writing is a daily habit for myself.

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