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What keeps you motivated to write?

Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄
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I struggle to keep writing right now, so I wondered what strategies do you use to keep writing when that happens

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Spyros Argalias
  1. I want to help other people become better programmers. Particularly, write things in a way I would have liked to have seen when I was learning.
  2. I want to delete all my offline notes and have them as articles instead. I prefer my notes to be links to resources, rather than having my own offline text notes.

That generally keep me writing. I write because I want to write so I can do those things. It's like a pull, rather than pushing myself to write. It doesn't mean that sometimes I don't feel like it though. But I feel like not being in the mood for work is different to not liking the work you do, so to speak.

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

Great tips Spyros, thanks a lot for sharing

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Sandor Dargo

Motivation will bring you so far. You need habits and systems. I simply sit down in the morning to write before I would start working. If I don't feel like... if I'm not motivated... who cares? That's part of my daily routine.

I know it's not very glamorous, but that's how I've been posting an article every single week for more than 4 years.

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

Thanks a lot for your comment Sandor, I don't have a dedicated time to write, I will focus on fixing that.

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Dan Vin

I would say, just by thinking the magic of it. I mean, I know each time I have to write something, I have a general idea of it, but I know there will be some kind of magic that will operate, sort of a flow or inspiration that will come as I’m writing that goes through me and on the screen or paper I’m doing.

Sometimes I amaze myself reading stuff I wrote weeks or months ago and then I know the magic did happen again.

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

Thanks Dan for your inspiring comment!

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Mayank Pathak

Community of learners which excite me write more n more.

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Arvind Padmanabhan

Writing code or writing about tech? It's not clear what you mean.

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

Good point, I meant writing about tech.

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Arvind Padmanabhan

I find that to write about tech, I need to understand the topic well. Writing helps me to clarify doubts and plug gaps in my understanding. To write well, research is important. So it improves my research skills and learn how to read papers written by others. I am the founder of Devopedia. I used to previously blog at Wordpress.com but these days I write mostly on Devopedia since it's fixed structure helps both readers and writers.