I completely understand that. I’m aiming to write one story per day in about 40 minutes, including the headline and finding images.
I started January 1st (or 2nd). I’m almost at the end and there are definitely a few days where I didn’t know where to start.
In fact, I very rarely know where to start. But I start nonetheless. Sometimes it leads to good stories, sometimes they’re not that great. I still publish them. I expose even my worst writing and that’s not easy to do.
When it’s bad, I usually don’t send to The Startup, but sometimes they still ask to publish it. I still accept. There’s no better way to see exactly what’s good and what’s bad.
This story is by far my most successful. I wrote it in 40 minutes, as usual. The next one, I wrote it right after and it took me 20 minutes only. These two are my most successful.
Yet there are times I spend a little more, like today’s story, and there’s really high chances it would do as good.
But Nicolas Cole said it right in one of his stories. Writing consistently and frequently works. You’ll right great stuff and it will stick and other stories will be forgotten. And that’s okay. If you didn’t write consistently and frequently, you probably wouldn’t get that hit anyway. It’s a learning experience.
Whew, that was long! Anyway, good luck with the writing.