Bloggers December 19, 2020

How I Became a (Good) Writer

John Saddington @8bit

I have already, clearly, answer the question of how to “become” a writer as that’s easy: You bleed. I do it daily — I’m an expert one might say.

But a chance encounter with another Indie Hacker gave me pause to consider the actual “how” of my growth as a writer over nearly 20 years.

And, after a moment, it hit me: I just read and then copied great writers.

For instance, here’s a list of just a few of the posts that I’ve written about Steven Pressfield, one of my favorite authors of all time (I even did a bookclub… 🤦🏻‍♂️):

I have more than likely written more, elsewhere, but, you get the point.

I simply read the greats, study their use of language to drive a point and then practice the workflow that I’ve devised from the patterns that I’ve observed.

After many years and many intentional investments I can now mimic writers on-demand — if I’ve studied them, of course.

This isn’t rocket science; it’s deliberate practice over a long period of time. And, to be honest, I’m not sure of any other “strategy” or “workflow” that works better than this.

Now, to the question of whether my writing is “good” or not…

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    For one to be a good writer you have to bleed

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      every single day.

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    A fews day ago, I bump into one of your video in 2017, interviewing Sahra @Canny. Didn't realized you've been doing vlog for a long time.

    Thanks for sharing the experience John!

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      that's crazy! so cool. yes, that was my personal vlog. i took a break for a while to focus on the other channel.

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    I see Steven Pressfield, I hit like!

    More people should read his work, it's interesting that he doesn't really have a big online presence, I found him on youtube but he has only a couple views.

    Thanks for sharing!

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      seriously. one of the best.

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    Thanks for sharing. I've done two blog articles in my life, and about 15 newsletters. The subject I write about (health and safety) is pretty darn bland, but it's important to recognize that regardless of content, writing is still an art and it takes practice. Also something I'm currently working on improving. I'll check out some of the links you shared and study up.

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      cool! yeah, thanks for reading my shit, but, honestly, go read pressfield... learn from the masters.

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