A Manifesto for Professional Writers: The 10 Pillars of Disciplined Creativity

A Manifesto for Professional Writers: The 10 Pillars of Disciplined Creativity

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  1. This is some really sage advice! I’m considering a career in copywriting and the advice elsewhere has either been confusing or they were baiting and barely any information.
    I’ve taken some notes to work on now and appreciate this! Thank you.

  2. Thanks for the great tips! I, too, always knew I wanted to be a writer, and for a long time, I resisted the idea of applying discipline to my writing, aside from the discipline to sit down and write. Working as a professional content marketer has really made me throw that approach to writing out the window.

  3. Might tattoo this on my arm “If you are both killer and poet, you get rich.” Thank you for this article, it’s been so helpful, I feel like you’ve illuminated some of the things I most struggle with, discipline mostly.

  4. Thanks always for all the great tips.

    I thought discipline was my problem, until I can’t seem to get a hold of the ideas I thought I had when I felt discipline was my issue. How do I approach my creativity? Is it a creative issue or is it still a discipline problem?

    Thanks Stef, always looking forward to your contents.

    • It could be a matter of coming up with practical creative ideas that you can actually follow through on. 🤔

      Creative brainstorming is fun, but we’re often left with wild concepts that we can’t act on for one reason or another.

      I’d try narrowing down your creative ideas to the ones that you can break down into manageable steps that lead you to a final outcome.

      For instance, a business owner could start with blog post topics within their realm of expertise to get practice writing. If they started with a topic outside of their expertise, it’d be more difficult to write an article — and more likely they’d put off doing that work.

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