How Often Do You Have to Write to be Writer?

Q: I write at least one article a week. Is that good enough? Sometimes it’s one Article a month.

I think it just has to be consistent.

Flip the question and ask this :

How often do I have to be a sister to be a sister?

Is there a limit? A goal?

Such questions are often signs of overthinking or fear. Or the start of self-awareness.

If you want to be better at anything, you’ll train for it. If you want to be a better writer, the only option is to practice everyday.

It’s really up to what you want and how you want to achieve what you want.

There’s no magic number.

Maybe you’ve heard about the 10, 000 hour rule : to be an expert, you need to practice your craft for 10,000 hours. Approximately 20 hours a week for 10 years.

It’s not quite relevant unless we understand what practice means. Others have even established that we need less than that time to be proficient.

In our case, if everyday you show up and ‘just write’, you may never become better. Even if it’s for 30,000 hours.

Practice has to be deliberate: you need to be working on something specific to improve. Something you can measure.

Are you working on grammar? Tenses or spelling or vocabulary? Dialogue or character development? Plot?

Writing, like everything in life, is made up of sub-skills. If you believe you can gain all those skills by writing once week, good.

Do you even want to gain those skills?

Why do you need them? What’s your goal?

If you’re not clear on why you write, it doesn’t matter how many times you do it.

You can’t score if there’s no goal.

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Cameroonian writer and video creator. Featured in LEVEL and P.S. I Love You. I write about building relationships and personal transformation.

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