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Writing is magic. It can change your life

Published about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hi friends,

Today, I want to share a powerful skill with you. If you choose to embrace it—and there are countless ways to do so—you’ll see growth in every aspect of your life. Yes, it’s that impactful.

"Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up."

- Stephen King

Early in my career, my first mentor taught me about a valuable skill: writing.
He convinced me that this one skill could benefit me, and everyone else, in every aspect of life.
I was hesitant, but as time passed, I kept hearing the same message over and over.

But wait, hear me out: nobody’s suggesting you have to become an author or a blogger. Writing is much more than that.

Writing helps you think

Create ideas, remember what you learn, and share knowledge.
It can help you grow an audience or a following on social media. Writing can generate revenue, create friendships, and build businesses. Writing, is how you build your knowledge.

Don’t take my word for it.

A list of lessons from a masterclass by “My First Million” podcast

I’ll try to use these in the text you’re reading right now, so feel free to let me know how I did at the end. 😉

  1. “Begin with the end in mind”: Effective writing evokes emotion. Consider the feeling you want to create - excitement, amazement, or anger - and aim to engage your readers.
  2. Good stories have an intention and an obstacle. That’s it. You want something; there’s a problem; what do you do? (shock, frustration, deep thinking). Find a solution! Let’s fix the issue.
  3. Use “low-level” writing. Studies show that The New York Times uses 12th-grade level language.
    Warren Buffett changed his writing style over 40 years.
    He simplified it from a 16th-grade to a 10th-grade level. Now, he explains things more clearly.
    If they can, you should too. Use simple language, AI tools like GPT, and apps like Hemingway to help.
  4. Rhythm in writing. Words can be music. Sentences can have a flow.
    Replace commas with periods. Control the tone.
    Make the readers feel their heart beats, their emotion, their... soul.
    Did it work? Make them listen while they read.
  5. Start by warming up. Yes, really. Take 10 minutes, pick a piece you like, and write it down, word by word.
    Warm up your brain and body for writing!
  6. Don’t perfect it. Start with a ROUGH first draft. Then take a break. Then hard edit.
  7. Publish! Whether it’s once a week or once a month, it doesn’t matter.
    The more you practice, the better you become; the more you publish, the better you get at sharing ideas.
    Practice storytelling.

In Conclusion

Start a blog, write a tweet, publish a newsletter, or take notes.
Writing improves your thinking. This helps you in everything you do. And if you decide to publish it in some way, in any way, be consistent, and the universe will respond.

Here's how I do it, I started with a blog, an cross published to other platforms. Then, I decided to start this newsletter to commit to a more consistent schedule with a more distilled content. Lastly, I take notes.

If you're an engineer, like me you'll stay on top of your projects.
You'll come up with new ideas quicker and better.
Side projects or business ideas, by the power of lighting up your brain as your type.

That’s it, folks. As always, I’m eager to hear what you think.
Feel free to respond here directly.

P.S Checkout my course: ​Building a Second Brain With Neovim. It's a 90 minute workshop taking you from the basic concepts all the way to a fully functional system of note taking. There's a bonus 90 post workshop recorded live call answering questions.

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