How I wrote my first book after failing for decades

I created a better approach to writing to fit my needs

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A perfect chance, and starting over

I was one of the lucky ones when it came to taking part in the world’s largest Working-From-Home experiment. There were no logistical issues that I had to worry about, and my hour-long one-way work commute had suddenly disappeared.

Slow and steady wins the race.

I’m not writing full-time for a living, so I have a little bit of flexibility here. But I’ve tried many different writing approaches when writing on Medium.

Time and knowledge management

Next, what I questioned was how to make use of my time best. You don’t have to look far to find quotes about how important it is to find a daily writing routine:

I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. — Haruki Murakami

But one thing that I knew, from the way my days went, was that I could not write in the afternoon. My creative juices flowed early in the morning and dried up after lunch.

Creating a feedback loop inspired by WebNovels

I’m a UX Designer by trade, which means that I know the importance of user feedback.

  • Get both editor and audience feedback (was the article accepted, and how well it performed) from each piece.
  • Either rewrite the piece (based on poor audience feedback) or incorporate it into my book.

Writing a book through Systems instead of Goals

If you do something every day, it’s a system. If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.” — Scott Adams

One of my favorite authors, Scott Adams, talks about how creating systems will increase your odds of success versus having a goal.

  • You’ll have higher visibility, assuming that you’re publishing publicly.
  • You’ll have an easier time powering through tough days when the writing is hard.
  • Publishing an article once a week about Data Visualization in a Medium publication
  • Getting editor and audience feedback on my article
  • Revising or assembling the works into a book

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