May 17, 2023 7:31 PM
- Audience vs. Self: When you're writing online, it's easy to become overly concerned with audience preferences. While meeting market needs is important, playing the long game in writing involves becoming more attuned to your own positive signals.
- Does it feel good?: When working on a piece, ask yourself a simple question: Does it feel good right now? Struggles may arise when untangling abstract, complex ideas, but there can also be joy in the challenge.
- Somatic Positive Signals: Developing sensitivity to our body's positive signals relates to intrinsic motivation, something we can actively cultivate. Try to infer how that feels during activities you enjoy, like hiking or spending time with loved ones.
- Recall Positive Feelings: Make a note to actively recall what positivity feels like and see if you can replicate that feeling when writing about certain topics or in certain environments. The writing process isn't just about ideas; it encompasses all elements of the activity.
- Positive Feedback Loop: To become a lifelong writer, remember that you're creating a positive feedback loop for yourself. Much of this involves remembering to feel good when writing and understanding what "feeling good" means to you.