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title: Links Roundup - June 27, 2017
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* How to focus [when distractions are everywhere](
* Warren Ellis on [finding the system that works for you](
* What one person learned [about creating meaningful work](
* Something I've been saying for years: [no productivity hack will replace hard work](
title: Would you rather have a blank page or a bad first draft?
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<p align="center"><img src="{{ site.baseurl }}/img/adult-1868015_640.jpg" alt="Working hard on the first draft" /></p>
I know which of the two I'd rather have. And it's a bad first draft.
A bad first draft shows that you're writing. It shows that you're not intimdated by the empty page or by the task at hand.
A bad first draft is a start. It's a base on which you can build a finished product. It shows that you're serious about your ideas and want to see them through.
A blank page is, literally, nothing. It shows you've fallen victim to perfectionism paralysis.
A blank page shows you don't appreciate your ideas enough to get started, let alone to finish them. It shows that you're not serious about writing.
A first draft, regardless of its quality, isn't perfect. It's not **supposed to be** perfect. Don't expect it to be. But you can shape a first draft into something better. You can edit and rewrite a bad first draft to improve it. You can't do that with a blank page.
Write that first draft. Don't worry about how good or bad it is. Embrace that first draft and finish what you're writing.
If you do that, you'll improve. You'll be ahead of writers who let the demon of perfectionism stand in their way.
title: You need to act
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<p align="center"><img src="{{ site.baseurl }}/img/success-1909823_640.jpg" alt="The word "Success' written in the sand on a beach" /></p>
A few years ago, I co-organized a blogger's meetup in Auckland, New Zealand. A new member showed up to one meeting and began telling me and my co-organizer about his blog. He specifically mentioned the large number of daily visits his blog got &mdash; a number that many bloggers would kill for.
Then, he asked *Why am I not making money from this?*
There was a pause, then I asked *What are you doing to make money from your blog?* That question stopped the conversation dead in its tracks.
If you build a blog, people may come. They may come in a trickle or in waves. Or they might not come at all. But if you do nothing to promote your blog, to find ways to earn money from it then you won't cultivate an audience that keeps coming back.
The success of your blog **is up to you**. You need to act. If you want to expand your blog's readership, you need to make more of the online world aware of your blog. If you want to earn money from your blog, you need to find ways to do that through advertising or sponsorship or selling something that readers want.
That goes for success with other forms of writing, too. I don't know how many times I've heard people complain that the breaks they desperately want don't come to them, that other writers seem to get all the work. Guess what? Those writers didn't sit around waiting for gigs or assignments or book contracts to fall into their laps. The world doesn't work that way.
Those writers put themselves out there. They hustled. They sweated. They made contacts. They sent out a deluge of queries and proposals and pitches. They took chances. They piled up rejection slips. But they stuck to it and made headway.
Unless you do that, the writing success you want will never come your way.
You've got to write, apply query, pitch, and then repeat. If you get knocked down by rejection, you need to pick yourself up. You need to walk it off. You need to learn from your mistakes and try again. And again. And again.
As someone once said, the road to overnight success is a long one. Unless you act, unless you start walking down that road you'll never succeed as a writer.
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