So you can see why I was interested when I stumbled upon, The Most Underrated Writing Tip That Beats "Write Every Day" and Improves Your Writing: Learn How to Write, Every Day by Boateng Sekyere when I was randomly reading on Medium recently. According to one of Sekyere's other articles, he joined Medium the middle of last year. He's published a lot of articles there since then, with various Medium publications. Meaning his work is being accepted by someone, he's not just self-publishing on the platform. His work is meeting some standard, and, if you look down at the claps and comments icons at the bottom of his articles, he's getting responses from readers. So while we're not talking a sage on a stage here, he does have a specific kind of writing experience.
And he makes, I believe, a very valid point.
Just What Are You Writing Every Day?
So What Should You Be Doing Instead Of Writing Every Day?
- Read, particularly in the genre you want to write.
- Study, through whatever classes and workshops you can find and afford. We're not talking an MFA here.
- Attend author talks, either in person or on-line.
- Find and join a writer's group. Read up on how to give and take feedback at writer's group. Then go to the meetings
- Try to work out your writing weaknesses and find books or articles that address them.
As Sekyere says, "Editors don't care that you write every day..." They want to see a good product. Learning how to create that is a better use of time than writing every day.