“How do I improve my writing?”

I’ve been writing consistently for over 2.5 years

Though, I admit, I’m not the greatest blogger—but that’s not why I write.

From these few years, I’ve learned how to differentiate bad writing from the good.

How?

By simply writing a lot. 

I’ve written nearly 1000 blog posts that I keep recorded. 

I’ve shared several thousands (3000+) content pieces for my businesses. 

All this has given me time and practice to improve my writing skills.

But first, what does bad writing entail? What makes bad writing bad and what makes good writing good?

Or the better question, who decides? 

Who gets to make the final decision on what’s good or bad?

The answer is simple.

I love to write with the follow question at the back of my mind: Who are you writing for? 

Take this question very seriously. 

Who you’re writing for represents the people who decide whether your piece is bad or good.

Everyone else’s opinions don’t matter (including mom’s unless she’s the audience).

So before you go into a deep spiral about how terrible of a writer you are, just remember that the value of your writing is in the eye of the reader.

So there you have it.

As long as you provide a message that is valuable for a specific reader, then you’ve got yourself a good piece of writing (at least it would be in my books).  

The biggest lesson I learned from 3 years of social media marketing

There’s no room for perfectionism in the world of social media marketing.

Absolutely none. 

Zero.

Get the idea of perfecting out of your head.

Here’s the truth.

You either make content or you don’t.

You either press the share button or you don’t.

You either engage with other people’s content or you don’t.

Most importantly, you either learn from the process of doing all the above, or you don’t.

That’s how I learned (and am still learning) the art of social media content marketing.

So when you see a piece of content from me, I’m experimenting and learning so that I can do better on the next one.  

How I deal with not knowing what content to write next

People who produce content will relate: 

Struggling with the thought of “What do I post next?” 

My job in social media marketing taught me 1 thing, which is the following. 

A glimpse into your past month of previous content will inform you what to make next. 

What performs well, what doesn’t—it all solves itself when you look at the performance of previous content. 

Use them as a blueprint for your next content strategy. 

“I want to share content but I’m worried what others will think of me” 

It hit me like a bag of bricks. 

Suddenly, it feels as if the weight of the world is off my shoulders. 

Nobody cares what you post online. 

Give 10 minutes and everyone will have already forgotten what you have shared. 

It’s nothing to be offended by. It’s just how the dice rolls. 

Nobody cares what you post online. 

So share that selfie. 

Post that LinkedIn post, Tiktok, or Instagram reel. 

Don’t focus on the time of day or worry about how many likes you’ll get. 

There’s no time to be self-conscious. 

If you’ve got a message, spread it. 

Do you suffer from being financially conservative?

I’m all about personal growth. 

But believe me, the first time I dropped nearly a thousand bucks on an online workshop, I didn’t know what to expect. 

My financially conservative upbringing was on edge for sure. 

I realized the workshop I was buying into wasn’t something that could be divided and calculated into fragments of dollar value. 

Instead, I was buying a new mindset. 

I was buying a new circle of people to be around. 

Most importantly of all, I was buying into a change I knew I wanted for myself. 

That kind of value goes far beyond the duration of a course. 

The impact lasts a lifetime.

If you’ve saved enough money to invest, invest in yourself. 

Take the leap, thank yourself later. 

P.S. We do workshops that help you practice your creativity over at the Habit Factory. If you’d like to join one, subscribe to our newsletter here

I open up a note on my laptop and try to get my writing of the day started

Only, it never starts. 

I draw a blank.

15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes later…

Nothing.

But I’m adamant on pulling through and making it work. And so here I am at 1AM trying to piece together the parts of my brain that make the writing process possible. 

But this post isn’t about productivity, drawing blanks, or time management. 

This post is about making creativity work for you, even when you’re not feeling on top of it all. 

Turns out, you can still write a valuable blog post or tell a great story despite not feeling inspired to create. 

Creativity is built much like a muscle. If you practice it enough times, you won’t to rely on a fleeting stroke of inspiration in order to do your art. 

Write like you urgently need to get a point across

There are only so many hours in a day. 

Whether you’re leading a meeting, taking a phone call, or working on a design project, there’s a point to be addressed. 

Address your point by asking the 2 questions: 

  1. What is it?
  2. And who is it for? 

Get to the point as soon as you can, where appropriate. 

Your social media metrics aren’t making the cut. So what?

In social media jobs, numbers matter. 

The higher your metrics go, the more successful your campaign or post was. 

On the other hand, if you’re a budding content creator with no following, you likely don’t have hundreds of people engaging with your content. That’s okay.

While numbers and metrics have their own time and place, I’d say there is a huge advantage to nobody liking your content as an independent creative professional. 

Why?

It’s liberating to create for yourself and no-one else. 

One of the best feelings in the world is getting to work on your art without having to worry about what other people think.

More importantly, when you create work for yourself, suddenly the numbers matter less and less.

When what you seek isn’t metric success but self-expression, it’s a lot easier to make projects you like.

Don’t focus on metrics. 

Create and share things that you care about. 

The secret to writing more

All writers know that when you start writing, there are actually 2 writers in the room. 

The first writer are your hands. The hands do all the writing/typing. It’s the translation from the brain to reality. 

The second writer is the voice in your head. You know, the one that has something to say about every point you want to make. It’s the same voice who tells you that your story sounds dumb or that nobody is going to care about what you want to say. The second writer is your insecurity speaking.

When we write, the first kind of writer is mandatory. 

But the latter? 

We can learn to do without. 

I was 10 when I started to feel embarrassed about my artwork

He made fun of my drawing.

And that was my turning point. 

Yeah, I’m a sensitive kid. 

Fast forward 12 years, I was 22. 

Tired from holding myself back, I found a relatively safe space to share my art. 

It was unbelievably liberating. 

I realized, sharing my work was not to be feared.

I can’t believe it took me so long, but I guess that’s life. 

Now I try to do the same for others with the work we do at Habit Factory. 

Most people just need a safe space where they could be themselves and create whatever they want without feeling weird about it.