6 writing tips from James Clear to make writing easier

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“Don’t write to sound smart. Write to be useful. If you’re useful over a long time period, you will end up looking smart anyway.” — James Clear

1. What to write about

2. How to edit

A) Cut extra words

B) Simplify

3. How to build relevancy

4. How to get over writer’s block?

  • To get over perfection paralysis, ignore quality completely while writing your first draft. Treat it as a conversation with yourself. Conversations are not perfect, but they are great for exploring an idea. First drafts are your opportunity to explore, connect the dots, and think deeply.
  • Secondly, if you feel like an impostor, worry that people will not like your writing, use your fear as a motivation to fine tune your writing as much as you can. Use quality examples. Be more precise.

“Don’t let your fear hold you back. Use it to move you forward.” — James Clear

5. How to be ‘great’ from ‘good’

  • By going beyond the obvious. He writes 25 titles for each blog post. That’s a lot, right? While being great isn’t impossible, it isn’t easy either. The ideas that are easy to think about are obvious. Good ideas come once obvious ones are gone. Think harder.
  • By always crediting the source. Especially, if you write online. Be generous about giving credit to other people who introduced the idea to you or inspired your thoughts. Go beyond just hyperlinking a few words in a page. Add a footnote or a separate section at the end of your posts where you clearly thank people who inspired the idea in you. A little gratitude goes a long way.

6. How to stick to your writing habit?

Bonus tip

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Sudeshna Roy

Creator of The Redefined Self — a place to read, write, breathe. Hub for new writers to find inspiration, guidance and resources to live a mindful creative life