Cal Fussman's 10 Writing Commandments

Becoming a great writer takes time and practice. Journaling is a helpful way to get in the habit of writing every day. Just remember, in any diary you must be honest and write legibly.

1. The good shit sticks

  • Tremendous moments will stay with you, and if you put them in a journal, they will never be forgotten.

2. Write in the shower

  • Come up with your ideas in a relaxing place (shower, nature, on a walk, etc.)

  • This way, when you sit down to write, you will come to the table with ideas ready to be written, like clay waiting to be molded.

3. Your fingertips make the music

  • The way your fingers hit the keyboard creates a melody in your writing unlike anyone else. Your unique voice will shine through the more you write.

4. No extra words

  • If you can say what you want to say without any extra words, you win.

  • Use common language so that people can easily understand you.

5. Embrace your reader

  • Think of your first sentence like a hostess at a restaurant. You want to feel like they are taking care of you, right? Do that with your first sentence for your reader, and then yank them into your story.

6. Strong endings Are essential

  • If the ending of your sentence is not strong, your sentence is not strong. If the ending of your paragraph is not strong, your paragraph is not strong.

  • Leave people with a great taste in their mouth and wanting more.

7. Be prepared to say goodbye to your best line

  • You are missing the whole ensemble if you are too focused on the tie. No sentence should obscure everything around it.

  • When going down a river, people don't want to feel like they are on the shore for a moment and then back in the river the next, they want to be on a continuous journey.

8. Stop for the Day Even If You Have More to Say

  • If you always have something more to say, you will know exactly where to pick up the next day. Take that, writers block.

9. Writing is Rewriting

  • Think of yourself as a sculptor, slowly chipping away at words to make things clearer.

  • Your first draft won't be great, it will take 40 to 50 drafts to get where you want to be, don't be upset about it.

  • Use distance to your advantage so that you don't get lost in your writing. Step back, review, edit, repeat.

10. Get it done

  • Use deadlines so that you actually finish. If you have no deadline, you will find a way to keep going forever.

This post is in relation to Alex Banayan's Third Door Mentor Sessions.

Topic for Tuesday 6/30: Sales with Elliot Bisnow

You can find posts on past mentor sessions here.

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