This Is My System for Consistently Putting Out Content as a Digital Writer

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Doing anything consistently requires a system or framework developed specifically for you. You can’t rely on your willpower every time. You need to reduce all friction and make it a seamless process.

My system has evolved since I joined #ship30for30 and it will continue to evolve as I continue through the program and even beyond that.

The system is never perfect. It’s an ongoing experiment where you:

Iterate. Reflect. And improve. And the cycle continues.

There are multiple steps that happen before and after the writing that are as important if not more. While I make sure everything takes less than an hour, I usually don’t complete all the steps in one sitting. Doing everything sequentially can sometimes take more time for me.

I have a growing list of ideas that I review every night before going to be. I pick 3 ideas for the next day and in the morning I pick the one that I have more to say about.

I don’t use templates. I get overwhelmed if I don’t follow the template 100%. I have my own process for quickly going from an empty page to having a rough structure with a few words on it.

I start by answering three questions. What is it about? Who is it for? Why is it important to them?

Then I write 3 to 5 sentences to capture the main ideas I want to talk about. I write everything I can think of under each section without deleting or editing.

I restructure the text, complete incomplete sentences, and remove as much as possible to keep it between 250 to 300 words. I then finalize the headline and publish the essay.

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Reza Fazeli

I write about building a daily coding habit 🛠 | learning in public 🎓 | breaking into tech 🚀 | need help? reach out! https://t.co/Iewe44D8YQ - ML @IBMWatson