My 100th post — and some thoughts on writing
I’m still migrating content from my old wiki, and have about 25 posts left. I’ve built and documented my electronics projects since 2006, so it’s nice to have all that history in one place — this blog.
This time I’ve really invested myself into the writing process. Learning what makes me a better writer, and what workflows works the best for me. Below are some things I’ve observed.
Sometimes I feel like writing is a waste of my time. Time I could use for other projects — more valuable things. But that isn’t true, writing makes me think, helps me better understand the things I do — and write about.
If you think you understand something, explain it in writing. In simple terms.
It also motivates me to complete projects, so that I can write about it.
Don’t let the platform or technology get in your way. It’s easy to get lost fiddling with trivial details, or implementing obscure features that you may never need. Start simple — add only what you need, the rest can wait.
The longer you wait; the better position you will be in to understand what featured you actually need.
Reduce the friction of writing. Make a system where your drafts and notes are always available — on all your devices, always in sync. I use SyncThing to keep the notes folder on my laptops, desktops and phone synchronized.
If you can — instead of making a note to write about something later, write about it now. Don’t stack up writing debt.
I do my best writing early in the day, when I am rested and haven’t had all day to fill my head with thoughts.
It might be tempting to write complicated, or sophisticated. Fight that urge, instead write it as simple as you can.
When writing the first draft; let it flow. Don’t think too much, just write. Focus on getting the thoughts out of your head, into written form. You can go back and fix it later.
I like to leave my drafts overnight, and read though them the next morning — with a rested and clear mind.
- perfection is the enemy of progress
- a blog post is not a book
- don’t think too long about a subject, start writing about it
I can’t make the day longer, or free up more time. I have obligations with my family, and other projects that require attention. To write more; I need to write faster and more efficient.
I expect my brain to resist writing, that makes it easier to power through and get started.