50odd.co.uk is 3,650 stories.
1 each day.
For 10 years.
50odd.co.uk is everyday stories.
Some of the 10,000(ish) people that have read 50odd each day.
Ask me things.
They ask me how I write.
And here’s what I say.
From a pseudo-technical perspective.
When I write.
(As I discovered when I asked myself the question).
I write with 7 things in mind.
- Confidence. When my confidence is high, this is the most powerful trigger for the creation of fluid, higher quality stories. State of mind. Is key.
- Not sandwiched. I write best when I am not sandwiching my writing time too tightly between additional tasks. The little stories need space.
- One thing. One story should be about one thing. So when a reader is asked what the story was about. They immediately know what to say.
- Top and tail. Tell them what you are telling them at the beginning. Then tell them what you just told them. Again. At the end.
- Find your unique voice. This will take time. But once you find it. Be conscious of what it is. And stick to it.
- Write less. Write a story. Then edit it to half the length.
- Write for you(ish). At least 80% of every part of your content should be for you. And the remaining little bit is born from a consideration of. And a nod to. Your audience.