3 lessons I learned after writing and publishing 10 atomic essays 10 days in a row

Bruno Rigolino on

I’ve been writing atomic essays with around 250 words each and hitting the publish button every day for the last 10 days. It gave me almost all the Twitter followers I have, helpful feedback, and at least 3 lessons:

#1 Trust the process: writing is not an idea turned into finished prose in one take, but a process. The writing process has distinct moments:

  • In the ideation moment, the goal is to list ideas with the essential words you need to make an idea into an essay seed;
  • During writing, the goal is to make that seed grow as much as possible and as fast as possible. Editing it now will stop writing from growing;
  • When editing, mercilessly remove words you don’t essentialy need. Short sentences with strong roots ideas.

#2 People will Like, Reply or Ignore (if they read). Either way is a data point. Either way worth practicing.

Facing writing and publishing through this perspective relieves the pressure of making a perfect essay. The goal is to create a good enough piece so that you have something to collect feedback and learn when people show up.

#3 Clever non-fiction writers create clear headlines. That sounds obvious to me now, but I’ve always thought that the way to go was: “10 essays; 3 lessons.” Wrong. If I had done that, you probably wouldn’t be reading this last line.