What I learned writing an article a day for a week.

Writing is easy. Just dive in.

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After I recently discovered I had this Medium account, and liking its beautiful new publishing interface, I decided to write here on Medium.

I challenged myself to write one article a day for a week. It was not only to gauge the response to my writing but also to get me into the habit of writing regularly.

In the last decade, I have understood something about myself. If I push myself into taking up a challenge, then I complete it. This is what I applied for doing Intermittent Fasting last year, and taking up writing this year.

I guess it must be the same for most of us. Otherwise, we keep deliberating and never get into a practice of doing something. Which breaks our resolution easily. And ends the resolve.

Writing one article a day, for the last one week, I feel confident now of my writing skills and the ability to publish on a variety of topics. It has also helped me get a sense of what people like reading about.

Also, a popular news site, Swarajya Magazine accepted my writing. They are now republishing some of my articles that suit their audience. So am already reaching thousands of readers.

It was lucky to have my first ever long form article and medium post published on a popular news site. And it further motivates me. Yet, unless I had committed to writing, it wouldn’t have happened.

So here are a few things I learned by writing every day:

  • Just start writing: I write my thoughts and ideas about some subject as and when I get them. The medium app helps here. I just take out my phone and jot down on it. And it saves as a draft. This am doing right now, lying on my bed. Later, I will organize the drafts into more readable paras and finish them. There are multiple drafts on multiple topics. That means I always have an article at hand to write more, or finish, when I have the time.

It was an enjoyable challenge for the last seven days. It kept me very busy too. One day it took nearly 2 hours. Other days about 30 mins to 1 hour. But it felt good writing. My brain I feel is more exercised too. And once or twice, as I was writing, could experience FLOW.

Now that I have this nice platform and some sites willing to publish me, I plan to take up writing regularly if not as a challenge. Let’s see how it goes. If you like my writing, do bookmark this page and follow me.

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