So I’ve had this post idea about a hot topic for about a week now. Since I decided I was gonna write about it, I’ve found myself jotting down notes and key points at random times but never writing the full article. I’d be walking to or from work, sitting at my desk, or standing on the train and then something that I considered genius would come to mind. I’d open my phone or a word document, spill whatever was in my head (pause), then go back to whatever I was doing — usually reading. I felt like a rapper sporadically coming up with hot punch lines and adding them to his or her rhyme book. I was compiling a dope ass song and just needed to piece together the bars, add some transitions, pick a hot instrumental, and it’d be ready to go. I thought I was gonna be 1-take Teddy and produce a 3 to 5 minute read in 20 to 30. Then Wednesday evening I sat down to write the post.
It didn’t turn out how I wanted at all. Matter a fact, it wandered in a completely different direction and the cadence of the punch lines was lost in the sauce. I kept looking at the original thoughts I jotted and wondered why they didn’t piece together as well as I’d expected. I never really found the answer. They just didn’t.
There I was on Wednesday night at 10pm staring at a mediocre post and wondering how I was gonna move it from meh to aha before my self-imposed deadline. I ate dinner then I looked at it again. Still nothing. I just wasn’t happy with it.
Disappointment set in as the deadline drew closer, and my brain yawned and prepared for a shower before hopping in bed. I should’ve known better than to work on a post after 9pm. It’s proven time and time again to be an exercise in futility. But then I thought for a second. I’d learned a few quick lessons from the experience and thought they’d be worthwhile to share here:
- If you wanna do something well, know when your mind functions the best. When it comes to writing or studying, the closer it gets to midnight the more my brain starts to turn into a shitty pumpkin.
- Execute when you have the enthusiasm, not just when you have to. I should’ve written the post when the idea first came to mind and my passion for the topic was at the highest. I also should’ve tried to piece it together when the cadence kept coming back and fresh punch lines were hitting the rhyme book.
- Don’t publish or submit something just for the sake of hitting a goal. If you don’t like what you’re turning in, then they probably won’t like it either. Every post I write is a 1st impression for somebody. Whether they love it or hate it, I want to have no questions about the quality of my work. I’d rather someone say “I don’t like his type of writing” as opposed to “he seems like a shitty writer.”