The threshold of what we agreed to consider a “post” was just 5 sentences.
Ironically, that tiny threshold ended up making (for me at least) all the difference in the world.
The freedom to post things so small made the goal of writing twice a week attainable, and lightened the burden when getting started with any individual piece.
And, incendentally, it was a liberty none of us ever ended up taking – none of us ever ended up posting just 5 sentences.
Take this post for example. For the last few weeks, I’ve been telling myself I want to write again.
But burdended somewhat by the thought of having to write deep, insightful, important pieces, I kept hesitating.
But you know what? If I’m writing first, on Maria Popova’s great advice, for myself – I don’t need to write deep, insightful, thought-provoking pieces every time.
It’s great when that happens, sure. But for my purposes, I’m content just getting into the flow of quick thoughts like this one now. I’m happy when I do it.
So today, just now, I set out to write 5 sentences. That was the threshold I gave myself for a “successful” piece, and the tiny, hairless, humble goal gave me the freedom to start.
And I’m happy with it 🙂
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