The 4 Rules That Will Help You To Keep Publishing Your Articles
It may not be your priority at the time I write this post, but producing more articles will ultimately become a will of yours.
You may write for yourself in the first place, yet someday, you may reach a point where you wish your work has proper recognition and exposure. You may somehow be willing to exhibit the writing skills you have been keeping secret for yourself so far. And yes, you are like us, writers – and humans beings –revealing your narcissistic side, but that is okay, and that is not it.
If you have been writing for a while but are feeling shy to publish one of your works (and I hope it is not the case for all of them), it is a bit of a shame.
Indeed, why would you freak out before taking the plunge and presenting your art (that took your time and energy) on the Internet? No, seriously, there is nothing to be intimidated by. After all, we are just a teeny tiny group of 4.4 billion users behind the screens.
Okay, this may actually be a significant number, but you need to overcome that fact and do your best to dare to publish your pieces of writing by following 4 rules.
1. Get your fake fears the f*ck out of here
By overcoming your negative thoughts and fears, you can improve your work and end up feeling comfortable about posting content. When you have done it twice or more, it will become a (good) habit. Not to mention the enthusiasm you will experience anytime your articles will get approved: it becomes quickly addictive.
So, here you are: expressing your ideas behind a screen, answering multiple questions that cross your mind, and growing a passion for writing.
Yet, there is one little issue that you are facing (and that you need to fix): you are shy of publishing it because not only are you afraid of seeing your work judged, but also you, as a person. Well, stop thinking about that right now!
You are afraid of not getting everyone's validation and being criticized for what you write. But you know what? That is a reality. You will receive a bunch of critics the day you decide to go out of your coziness and publish your work.
Critics are sometimes positive, and they are sometimes less pleasant to hear, but it is all fine because you cannot satisfy everybody anyway. Some people may say you are an idiot. Other people may say you help them to feel good.
Any boundary you see in front of you is the simple and inefficient work of your imagination.
When it comes to the creative process, you can tell it yourself: you adore some authors and their style, and for some, you can barely read them. You love some shows and their humor, and for some, you wonder yourself why they have been produced (and why the Hell are they still programmed?) You like some pieces of art and the emotions they bring within yourself, and for some, you would just call them pieces of shit.
And while it is real and honest to think that way, the "negative" comments should not stop you from trying. Any boundary you see in front of you is the simple (and inefficient) work of your imagination. While you may not be a master in writing yet (besides, the 10,000 hours rule turns out to be wrong), you are in the learning process. And let me tell you, regarding that activity that is writing, your knowledge and improvements are both endless.
Yet, the more you write, the better you become. Which means you need to allow yourself to write shit. You need to accept that your work will not be utterly amazing right away. You need to correct yourself over and over again because you will always, always, find some details to change in any writing you submit.
My tip here? Once your work gets published, do not look at it. Reviewing and editing would have been done by the time your article will be online. So, let it be and focus on your next work.
2. Be ready to learn and to improve, and be ready for real
Ok, I have to tell you something; my first piece of writing was the worst.
At least, that is what I thought.
I thought that was such a piece of garbage that I sent multiple requests to get my work back because I NEEDED to make corrections on it. Sure, after emailing back and forth the editorial team, I eventually (and finally) ended up resting my work as it was.
Nevertheless, that very first work, that took me so long before thinking it was more or less okay, turned out to be featured a few months later.
It is hard work. It is f*cking hard work, but your dream to reach the top of the mountain might come true.
Still, in my mind, I believe I could have done way better than that. We can always do better. Yet, it is proof that we are too harsh when it comes to the time to think about our own capabilities. But if you and I keep doing so, by the end of the year, we will have only one article published, and even if the point is not to post a billion articles a year (especially if there is no content in those), you still want to challenge yourself.
You still want to explore your abilities to write about different topics. You always want to involve your capacity to understand how your own true-self functions and reacts to this crazy world. You still want to get more in-depth answers to all the questions you happen to think of. You always want to share a bit of your madness because you wish deep, deep down that you are not the only one to feel that way.
And if I try to add this to my previous thought, what I can tell you right now is, keep going on your writing because you are obviously not the only one and surely not the worst.
3. Take your bag and push yourself to go on a very long and intense adventure
Keep creating despite your negative thoughts.
Pack those in a box and leave the box in your cellar (because nobody likes to go downstairs anyway, so I know you won't go back there to pick it up.) Take a backpack with you, head toward the porch, and get the Hell out of your comfort zone. Start your journey and start climbing the mountain full of words, posts, columns, and articles that stands just in front of your face.
You will not be the first one to do it and undoubtedly not the last one. But you know as much as I know that in your innermost being, you want to be a Good Writer.
So many people have already started their journeys, why do not you begin yours?
You might never be all alone at the bottom of this mountain, because the reality is, some people never dare to put their hands on the rough surface. Instead, they are spectators, and they look at the others working their asses off to climbing. Paradoxically, those people are usually the ones who take the liberty of being critical and judgmental. Now the question is: Do you want to be part of that group, or do you prefer challenging yourself on this huge but not impossible mountain?
4. Give it a true shot and see what happens... and wait
You cannot fail at something you have never tried before. You can only learn and grow. You can only develop better strategies and create better content. Cut yourself some slack, don't be too cruel towards your work and your skills. In other words, try to keep a fair judgment.
The truth is, you are going to judge your work (if you do not do it yet) and see it as the worst piece of crap that you have ever done or even read before. But this does not help you (and you are probably exaggerating anyway). Instead, this will be a killer to your motivation, and the reasons as to why you started writing will vanish little by little.
Try your best not to lose sight of your ultimate goal.
We all have an answer as to why we spend time gathering letters and words. As to why we express our most profound ideas, thoughts, and conceptions, if not jokes or anecdotes (instead of chilling in front of Netflix.) And you should never ever forget your reasons.
Believe in yourself, in you, and in your skills. It is hard work. It is f*cking hard work, but if you do so, your dream to reach the top of the mountain you have been picturing in the back of your head all this time, all those years might come true. And do not be afraid of going there.
We need to keep climbing that Mount Everest even if we do not move on at the same pace all the time.
Try your best not to lose sight of your ultimate goal. Do not be scared sh*tless of climbing that enormous mountain because any level is reachable. Your ultimate goal is reachable. You might not see the peak of the hill right now, yet, if you keep holding tight and focusing, you will soon be above the clouds. And guess what you can see above the clouds? That's right – the peak. But do not stop there. You are not done yet. In reality, you and I are never really done. That is how life works. Whether we like it or not. Which is why we need to keep climbing that Mount Everest, even if we do not move on at the same pace all the time.
I am gathering my ideas from this mountain at the moment I write this–and maybe I am waving at you right now if we are on the same level–but I am in the process of trying to keep a fair judgment as well, and I keep moving up and learning and growing.
Sometimes I have to face the bad weather too: the mass of my unhealthy thoughts. When I do not have to deal with a heavy rain of tears, I do have to hold tight not to let that shitty wind of evil thoughts make me fall and abandon my projects.
The weather in our minds might show some inconsistency sometimes. As a result, if we do not stagnate in our evolution because of it, at the very least, we take more time to climb—and we all know that our patience has limits.
So, keep your writing on track, whatever the mood you are in.
So, basically, you need to (and so do I):
a) Learn how to climb the mountain so that you will preserve your motives and goals.
b) Learn how not to let your unhealthy thoughts annoy you, therefore you will keep moving forward.
c) Learn how to look at your evolution, as a result, you will overcome your hesitations and self-doubts, and you will keep writing and creating content and living free (yes, like Ryan Gosling on the Gif down there.)
d) Learn. Period.
The production and publication – and success – of any article require hours of research, reviews, and corrections. So, if you write content that you end up being proud of: come up with a great title, publish your new piece, and promote it. Nothing should stop you from going further.
Now, rise, shine, and kick ass.
Until next time,
Mathilde Clemence –