Journal logo

Which Are Your Crazy Writing Habits?

by Ryan Miller 6 months ago in advice · updated 6 months ago
Report Story

I am sharing mine right now.

Which Are Your Crazy Writing Habits?
Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

I think writing is a lot about routines and systems and less about creativity. In this piece of content, I will share with you my 5 crazy writing habits.

Which are your unusual writing habits? I have placed 5 questions at the end of this article, feel free to respond to them in the comments section.

3, 2, 1, GO! Let’s start!

I can’t write on a big screen

I have a nice desk and two big monitors I use at my day-to-day job, but I cannot write anything on a big screen.

I feel as if my inspiration goes away and I am incapable of squeezing any words out of my head if I use a big screen. This is most likely because I find writing a very intimate thing.

I remember when I was little and my parents did not allow me to read late at night, but I did not obey the rules. I took a book with me in bed and used a flashlight to read under the blanket. I feel the same way about writing.

Also, I cannot focus if someone is reading my text as I type it. This kills my entire creativity and mood for writing.

I always submit an article after reading it 3 times only

I tend to over-edit my work, even though I am not a perfectionist.

In order not to waste hours reading a post and changing a few commas and words only, I created a system that prevents me from doing that — I publish everything after I read it three times only.

My editing system works like this:

  • I read the article once out loud — this helps me discover the sentences that are too long and need to be shortened;
  • I read the article on my mobile phone the second time — using a different screen than the one I used for writing helps visualize the piece differently;
  • I read the article on my laptop the third time and I hit publish after I finish the final edits.

Don’t know if over-editing is a problem for others, but it sure was for me, in my early career as a writer.

I write ideas on an agenda, but I write article drafts on blank pieces of paper

I have an agenda where I write different article titles only. I use blank pieces of paper for creating post sketches.

I write a lot of things down in the time when I am not writing and seeing the ideas of published articles in my agenda kills my mood.

After I finish writing something, I throw away the pieces of paper I used to draft my material.

I store the papers containing unwritten content in a drawer.

The main reason I do things like this is that I feel overwhelmed every time I see a lot of unwritten article drafts.

I don’t like talking to others about my texts

Don’t get me wrong. I am very proud of my writing skills and of the work I had done so far.

I am fine with the fact that my girlfriend is reading everything I post on the internet, but I don’t like to talk about my texts. NEVER!

People tend to have opinions and provide suggestions, but in 99% of the cases, I am not willing to change a dot or a comma in my materials.

I use different places for writing

I feel more inspired if I use different writing spots. I often use the couch, my work desk, the kitchen table, or my wife’s desk.

Once, I wrote an article on one of the desks from the storage room.

And, I love writing from different coffee shops and public places, but the cold Winter and the current situations force me to stay mostly indoors.

As I said in the beginning, I prefer to embrace my crazy writing habits instead of fighting them. It’s easier to use them for my benefit instead of pretending they are not there.

What about you?

  • Can you write on big screens? Do you need privacy to write?
  • How many times do you reread an article before publishing it?
  • How do you organize your writing ideas?
  • Do you discuss your content with others?
  • Do you have different writing spots? How do they work?


👇 I hope you enjoyed reading this piece. Curious to know a bit about myself? 👇

My pen name is Ryan Miller. I am a Linux Sysadmin, writing hobbyist, father, and husband. I mostly write non-fiction on Vocal, Medium, and my blogs.

My day-to-day job pays my bills, but I am not going to lie to you. I am interested in making money with my writing as well. My top earning article on Medium generated 50$ so far.

I don't cross-post everything I write on Medium here, so if you want to follow my entire work (and earn some money yourself), you should subscribe with my affiliate link. I will earn a small commission from your monthly fee, while you don't have to pay anything extra.


About the author

Ryan Miller

Yin & Yang | Happy. Positive. Half Graphics Enthusiast, Half Tech Savvy. Copy Writer. Leader. Magnetic Person. Living Human Being. Dreamer. Crazy 100%.

Reader insights

Be the first to share your insights about this piece.

How does it work?

Add your insights


There are no comments for this story

Be the first to respond and start the conversation.

Sign in to comment

    Find us on social media

    Miscellaneous links

    • Explore
    • Contact
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • Support

    © 2022 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.