You probably know Jerry Seinfeld. He is one of the most successful American stand-up comedians of our time — also an actor and a writer.
I’m a big fan of his work.
Because we can learn the best writing tip from him. With my own experience, he has the best advice for all the bloggers who want to publish more on their blogs and overcome the writing fear.
We all want that right?
Then you should try this “Jerry method.” Maybe this method is invented by someone else, but I learned it from him. So, I wanna call it Jerry method.
For his stand-up comedy, he needs the best jokes because it is not an easy task to make people laugh. To produce the best jokes, he needs to have a lot of jokes. Then he can cut them down to the best ones.
How he produces a lot of jokes every single day?
As he said, he needs only two things for that.
- Giant wall calendar
- Red marker
Joke writing goal has already set.
If his goal was five jokes a day, once he finished his five jokes goal, he would take the red marker and draw a cross on the calendar.
Then the next day, he would do it again after he achieved his writing goal. Then, the next day and the next and the next.
At the end of the day, you could see the progress of your writing when you look at the wall calendar. It is nice to see thick red marks on the days like an unbroken chain.
Do you know the best part? When you have seen a broken spot of the chain on your wall calendar (that means you’ve not achieved your writing goal on that day), you’ll feel pain.
I do not know anything about human psychology, but I believe that feeling pain is how your brain motivates itself to keep going.
If you could stick to your writing goal at least for a week, you’ll work harder and harder not to break the chain and stay away from that pain.
Most importantly, after one week of continuous work, you have developed a writing habit. That is what you wanted so badly right? Jerry method really works if it looks so simple.
So, don’t waste a second. Just start writing today and follow this excellent Jerry method.
It does not matter how good your words or how many words you write every day. You just have to stick to your writing goal and try not to break the chain.
First, develop a writing habit. Then you can think about the words, writing style, and how to become a good writer.
My goal is 500 words per day, but still, I’m struggling to write my 500 words sometimes. The most important thing is, I do not give up.
Maybe you work two jobs, or you have kids. So, 500 words is an impossible goal. I understand that. What you have to do is set the most realistic goal for you. It doesn’t matter your goal is to write 100 words or 500 words per day.
If you wanna build a writing habit, you just have to stick to your goal.
First few days, you might not be able to achieve your writing goal and take hours to write the first 100 words. It feels like an impossible goal. Don’t worry! Even the best writers have gone through this pain. Just stay calm and keep going.
But, after a few weeks, it becomes much easier. Feel more comfortable doing it, and the process becomes much faster.
You get a better sense of how you start your article and finish. You feel like you have something to write every day.
Knowing you have progress over time makes a huge difference in your writing. The sensation you feel when you have achieved your goal is priceless. I want you to feel that.
Before you start writing, you need to free your mind. I write this post while I’m writing my thesis because I wanna free my mind and get rid of my professors and examiners live inside of my head.
If I allow them to comment on my work when I’m still writing the messy first draft, probably 100 words take a day or two. It happens to me all the time. So, at this level, I don’t want them here around my table.
So, do not try to please the audience with your writing. You just have to free your mind and vomit everything on the paper/word processing app.
One more thing! Do not even think about editing your first draft while writing. If you do that, it’ll become an endless process.
Writing and editing are entirely different processes. First, you write. Then do the editing. If you wanna become a better writer or an editor, I would recommend a few tools to make your life easier and refine your messy first draft.