New Motivation

"I've given up on writing. I'm too busy; I don't even write anything good."

These were the thoughts of a young writer not long ago. He had many interests, but writing was no longer one of them. He was truly burned out.

He stopped writing.

Yes, later he sometimes had longings for the joy he once felt at his keyboard, but his desire was never enough to get him started writing again.

He occasionally signed up for blogging platforms, but never wrote more than 2 posts on each one.

Each time he started something new and didn't carry through, he felt affirmed in his earlier thoughts. "I'm not a writer."

My desire here is not to discourage you, though. That writer eventually started writing again. He even started to enjoy writing again.

What changed?

How did this young man restart his writing? How did he regain the motivation to write?

Believe it or not, it came from creating mediocre—even bad—content.

How can that be?

That young man is me—was me—and about a month and a half ago, I rediscovered a site called (The ironic part is that I did a review of it a little more than 2 years ago, but I didn't begin to use the site regularly until recently.)

The premise of 750words is that you need to write 750 words every single day. It doesn't matter the quality of those words. All that matters is quantity.

Now before you toss the idea in the garbage bin, hear me out. It worked for me.

When I started writing on 750words, I would mostly write journal-type entries. It was easy to write about my day, and soon the words would flow easily onto the page, even if those words didn't have any real importance or significance.

There were some days when I had nothing to write about, though. On those days, I would keep typing until something came to mind. Sure enough, I would soon have a new idea to write about.

Most of what I wrote over the past month and a half I'll never read again. Most of it isn't worth reading again. But what I gained from that writing was worth more than mere words. It gave me a habit, the habit of writing.

Now when I sit down to write, I automatically switch into "writer mode." The mental block that I had last year has disappeared. Now the words just seem to flow. Yes, there are still bad days, but those bad days are fewer.

I highly recommend trying out because to create great content, you need to give yourself the permission to also create mediocre content.

If you put off writing until you get a brilliant idea, you will never start. Instead, you need to sit down and work with those bad ideas.

At the worst, it will at least put you into the habit of writing.

At the best, that bad idea may just turn out to be a brilliant idea.

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