Learning "How to Write Better" #01

Right now I am in the second week of the online course How to Write Better by Joshua Fields Millburn. And so far, it's great.

As I am writing this article as part of my daily writing session, it could be longer and more in depth.

Why?

I really can say that I started to write more than ten years ago. It's not a comparison to the writing I do today, and I am pretty certain that I have grown already.

My writing is better than 10 years ago, I am certain about that. Still, my knowledge and skills are all self-taught or patched together from different authors, books and articles. This is not a value judgement, but I thought it's about time to strive for more in terms of style and other factors.

And who could be a better teacher, than someone that already shares my life's philosophy. When I got to know that Joshua Fields Millburn teaches a writing class, I was sold. Like me, he doesn't have any academic background; therefore I knew he isn't going to waste my time. Also, I love the writing style he has in different books related to minimalism.

Let's get started

The first week started with some introduction videos where JFM makes you read a book about grammar.... This sounds odd first, but the book is writing in an interesting way (at least for a grammar book), and it made me understand many mistakes I did and probably still do.

Moreover, every student has to answer 27 questions about himself in a private forum of the course about the intention of taking the course, about the experiences and current writing habits. You will receive an answer from prof. JFM, which is a nice detail.

Generally, the course builds on three pillars; the videos, a forum, and emails. That combination I haven't had before, and I must say I like it, even a forum appeared very old-fashioned to me. But compared to Slack or any chatroom, it has one major advantage: It's calm.

The rest of the weeks lessons contained our introductory materials and already some techniques. Every week you will get homework and the first one is basically to sit in a chair for an hour, for 4 weeks.

To make it easier you also need to look for accountability partners, within your environment or in the course, and send them a report every single day. Plus, you should write a report every week. So, I can clearly see what you are doing there, and it works... I am sitting in the chair every morning the last week from 5 AM to at least 6 AM and do nothing but writing.

Going forward

I am really looking forward for the rest of the course. Through having the morning sessions, my output already sky-rocketed. If I now learn to edit that as fast as well, I am happy.

I will keep you updated.

Daniel Hauck

Daniel Hauck

Passionate about writing, minimalism and leadership.
in the forest, near Stuttgart