Joakim Book

Writer with an unhealthy addiction to financial history and all things money. Monetary policy, Money, Nature, Yoga, Carnivore, ₿itcoin.

Dec 16, 2021
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Joakim Book

Mar 10, 2021·7 min read

A guide for effective writing habits.

Lots of people say they want to write, but they struggle to find the time, the will, or the effort. After all, life is filled with many other commitments — to your work, your family and friends, your health — and there always seems to be so many other things to do. How, then, do you make room in an otherwise busy life to practice the writing trade?

Make no mistake, writing isn’t a gift that some people have, and others don’t. Writing well is a trade, a constant struggle, a gradual improvement in an ethereal art you can’t readily touch, measure, or observe. Even with the talents and genetic makeup of a LeBron or an Adele or a Lasha Talakhadze, it takes them hours and hours to achieve the mastery of their chosen crafts. If you don’t take the time to develop the skill you wish to improve — whether that skill is singing, lifting, or dribbling a ball — you’re never going to get there.

Writing is no different.

The one advantage that writing has over some of those other arts, is that you can do it at your own leisure. That’s both a blessing and a curse. I think the reason that basketball practice or drawing classes — or other commitments to be somewhere and do something — rarely run into questions about “finding time” or “structuring habits” is that the commitments of when and where are already taken care of: basketball practice is on a court at a time set by somebody else; the gym opens and closes at certain times; your friends or colleagues or PTs except you to turn up to your engagements.

In contrast, writing is something you do on your own, at any time of day and in almost any place. That places the burden of discipline on you — and you alone.