What should you be writing?

  • A blog post?
  • A short story?
  • A novel?
  • A poem?
  • A guest post for another blog?

Words by Pink Sherbert

I believe in focused goals. To build a career in writing (if that is what you’re going for), you need them. You have to write long pieces of work, books usually, and these things take a lot of focused time and energy. So I asked someone for advice.

“What should I be writing right now?” They didn’t pause to answer.

“It doesn’t matter,” they said.

“What?! What do you mean it doesn’t matter? Of course it matters.”

“Nope. You just need to write.”

It took me a second before I got it. We are focused on goals and careers, but really, at the early stages of our careers, all that matters is that we write.

Put pen to paper and get words out into the world. Your words. You need to create a flood of them and send them to your friends and family and even to strangers so they know, “Oh, that’s such-and-such. He’s a writer.”

So here I am writing a blog post because I’ve committed to it, but afterward, I might write a poem or a single sentence or an inspired comment on someone else’s blog or even another post.

Or I might carve an eloquent poem into a bathroom stall.

It doesn’t matter.

It matters that I am writing.

PRACTICE

Write something.

Anything.

Whatever you want. Just start writing.

Fifteen minutes starting… now!

(Oh, and of course you’ll want to post your writing in the comments to encourage us, won’t you?)

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting

Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let’s Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).