Making Words Happen on Day 5 of 60 for Creating a Writing Habit

Where I attempt to answer “why” I’m pursuing this endeavor, and explore some observations about Medium

Photo by: David Drake — Making words happen for “Making Word Happen”

What does it mean to “make words happen?”

“What wrong with him?” — My partner’s perfectly legitimate question while brushing her teeth
  • Are they interesting words?
  • Will anyone read these words?
  • Do either of those questions really matter?
  • Meditate for 10 minutes using Calm
  • Take a multivitamin
  • Get a bit of outside time
  • Make words happen

Why make writing a habit at all?

  • Finding my voice
  • Finding a process
  • Finding a good rhythm
  • Finding joy from my own voice, process, and rhythm

More on “Finding my Voice”

Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash

I lost my confidence that what I had to say, share, or feel was meaningful to anyone else other than myself.

  • I stopped trying.
  • I stopped addressing my needs.
  • I stopped listening to my own desires.
Length of sobriety generated from the I Am Sober app

Okay, I can make words happen but how do I effectively use Medium to do so?

To insert stuff in the middle of words, or to not insert stuff in the middle of words…
  1. Utilize headers so that it’s easy to skim a post to get an idea of structure and content quickly. I’ve noticed myself doing it and I’ve read about this behavior in UI and UX design many times.
  2. Imagery and other formatting is helpful to break up giant blocks of text. If your post looks like it’s just a huge block of writing, then the brain turns off a bit and goes: “Oh boy, I’m gonna have to just read a lot of words for the next few minutes? I don’t know if I want to do that.”
  3. Writing in your own voice with your own opinions seems to produce the most successful (widely read) content. It seems that people are looking for hearing from a person, not necessarily reading about a topic.
Formatting your writing and putting some effort into how it looks and feels seems to make a difference.

How do I know if I’m doing this right?

  • Am I finding my voice? — Yes, I think I am starting to find my voice again. It started a bit with my previous piece on some words from Bruce Lee and it seems to be coming out more here as I feel like I’ve been able to successfully enter a flow state of enjoyment.
  • Am I finding a process? — Maybe? I think that the process of creating this habit may be the very title of this piece: “make words happen.”
  • Am I finding a rhythm? — Not yet. I still don’t know if I’ve found a particularly great time to explore this practice. I really enjoy finding time to do some slow writing, I seem to enjoy writing Haikus in the morning, and I really like spending an hour or so writing some longer pieces. But to say I’ve found a rhythm for this would seem kind of premature.

Day 5 of 60 for developing a writing habit.

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David Drake

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