5 Things Every New Writer Should Think About Next Time You Sit Down to Write

Chase Arbeiter
2 min readJan 12, 2023

Spending countless hours writing articles nobody reads is brutal.

When I started writing on Medium in 2019, I had yet to learn what mattered and how to approach writing. Almost four years later, I sit down with a game plan that works.

Try these next time you sit down to write:

  1. Edit with a timer. Editing is less critical than you think. Not right now. So just set a timer, do your best, and move on. It’s not worth holding yourself back from writing more.
  2. Publishing is the goal. Views. Impressions. Engagement. Read ratio. None of those matter unless you publish daily, building your ‘publish muscle.’ You only get better by publishing. Remember that.
  3. Write to yourself (now or in the past). Somedays, it’s a struggle, so think about what you would say to yourself or someone you know a few steps behind you.
  4. Persuade your reader to see it your way. Writing vague statements and opinions isn’t impactful for your reader. They want to be taught, challenged, riled up, something, anything. They might disagree, but your persuasion effort will never hurt you.
  5. You get better by practicing, not trying to be perfect. Steph Curry became the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA. How? By taking millions of shots, day after day, shot after shot. He didn’t focus on his form at every attempt, look for perfection, or stop after missing. Write your way to becoming a better writer.

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Chase Arbeiter

I write about building a better life, chasing excellence in your craft, and using your work as a catalyst for your best life.