Re: Writing is a sport

Published on Jul 2, 2019

I don't use the Reply button as much as I should. Building upon each other's ideas is a great way to keep the streak burning, and to think together, so thank you @jasonleow for starting this conversation!

To go higher as a writer, I should integrate my routines to my everyday life, and  my everyday life to my routines. That's how I get most of my ideas for personal growth, hence the athletic metaphor.

Progressive overload

As Jason described, there are three ways to activate muscle growth when you lift weights: increasing the number of repetitions, increasing the load, or increasing your movement's amplitude. What are the parameters we can change to create writing growth? 

I don't think the number of words per post is a relevant metric for quality: most ideas can be succinctly described in a paragraph, the rest of the text being merely entertaining or didactic.  

Increasing the quality of the post is an interesting idea too, but we have to agree on what makes quality. It's less actionable. Spending more time editing and researching can become an excuse to delay your publications. Considering the fact editing and researching are already part of the daily writing routine - writing being a three steps process: ideating, researching, editing - I'd argue 

The number of posts appears to me as the most relevant indicator of growth.  Posting more on 200WaD naturally increases your total word count AND the time spent on ideating/researching/editing. It also forces you to write modular posts. Lastly, it's easily actionable because it's measurable.


In this aspect I agree with Cal Newport's proposition in Deep Work quoting Bennet's How to Live on 24 Hours a Day:

"What? You say that full energy given to those sixteen hours will lessen the value of the business eight? Not so. On the contrary, it will assuredly increase the value of the business eight. One of the chief things which my typical man has to learn is that the mental faculties are capable of a continuous hard activity; they do not tire like an arm or a leg. All they want is change—not rest, except in sleep."

Change and sleep are what matter. I personally use the scheduling feature when I know I will be offline the entire day or when I need to focus on programming.


Again, super interesting proposition by Jason. Personally I'd go with a training to failure approach: just steadily and gradually increase the load till it's not sustainable, then go back to the basic training and repeat the progressive load cycle. I like this simple approach because it removes all the possible over-thinking another method might create.


Spot on analysis. I'd add you don't have to focus solely on one goal but switch between two or three to increase diversity. In my case: sharing my opinions (essays), documenting my progress (notes, journaling), stay sane (therapeutic writing). 

Mental training

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I think that's the role of the community here to act as a coach.

Great feature ideas for the future of 200WaD right here. Thanks for the inspiration Jason.