7 tips to help you write more often

motivational display
motivational display
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Many of us on Medium and other platforms are passionate writers with varying degrees of commercial success, but we all have one thing in common: At times, we struggle with finding the motivation to write.

I had a simple change of mind that helped me being more productive with my writing. I summed it up in a nice little mantra that I tell myself several times each day. Maybe it does the same trick for you.

But before we get to that, let me tell you one very important thing:

It is okay to NOT want to write.

Yes, it’s…

a mechanical keyboard on a deskmat
a mechanical keyboard on a deskmat
The MIZAR MZ60 is surprisingly good for such a compact keyboard.

Yes, there is a thing like that.

When it comes to mechanical keyboards, ANSI-US users have it best, hands down. They benefit from the widest available selection of prebuilt mechanical keyboards, switches, keycaps and a plethora of additional modding options.

When it comes to other layouts, especially the ISO-layouts and the DE in particular (german, as used in Austria and Germany for example), the outlook is rather bleak. Last year I urged you to at least once try a mechanical keyboard, to improve your writing speed, accuracy and overall experience typing. Nothing about that statement has changed in 2021. …

bearded guy with a beanie hat
bearded guy with a beanie hat
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I know, I do.

I was born into the prosperity of cold-war era Austria. This sounds dramatic and to some extent it was. Tschernobyl hadn’t happened yet and Germany was still divided. We couldn’t cross over to hungary that easily and we’d still have to show our passports when crossing borders in general. Still, for us middle-class kids, life was good. Even after Tschernobyl went down and we weren’t allowed to eat mushrooms anymore, or sand, we had a great time.

My parents raised me to be curious, with very little rules except the ones that kept me safe from injuring myself through my…

mechanical keyboard closeup
mechanical keyboard closeup
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You might not like most of them.

The mechanical keyboard craze of the past decade or so doesn’t seem to end. Hey, that’s all well and good, I am an avid mechanical keyboard user myself and recently recommended you should buy one in 2020, if you haven’t already. It even appears like you can’t even get rubberdome keyboards anymore, except the cheap pack-ins of major retailers and manufacturers like Dell or Lenovo.

Still, once you’re familiar with this fascinating subculture, there are some unpopular truths about mechanical keyboards revealing themselves. Here are the most unpopular ones, according to me.

Cherry MX switches are not the best, just very common.

Cherry MX switches are to be found in…

typing on a MacBook Air
typing on a MacBook Air
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… it sucked the motivation out of me

Let me start by saying, that this is about my personal experience, so your mileage may vary. But it was a significant enough discovery for me that I want to put it into this article. There is a certain behavior that severely hampers my productivity when writing, especially short fiction. And here it is:

Chatting with someone about what you are passionate about (writing wise).

Yes that sounds counter-intuitive at first glance, why wouldn’t you want to talk about your passions with a friend or a partner for example. Well, hear me out. If you talk about it with someone…

POP!_OS logo
POP!_OS logo
POP!_OS logo graphic, courtesy of System76.

The competitive, daily-driver, “cosmic” desktop experience

I have been on record stating that I am a huge fan of Linux and also urging you to give it a try. As many of us enthusiasts do, I have a dedicated machine (some older ThinkCentre) to enjoy “distro-hopping”. It means I will install new distros as they become available and give them a whirl.

I tried out POP!_OS 21.04 with the so called “COSMIC” desktop environment recently and came away pretty impressed. But not only because of POP!_OS. …

man with sand running through his fingers
man with sand running through his fingers
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Why you don’t get to be a writer.

Yes, I know. I literally hear you think “Not another one of those articles that tell me how to be a better writer.” — yet you are here and reading it and that is my point.

I will make it short, I promise.

From personal experience (and suffering) I can tell you that writing is hard. And no, I don’t mean finding the right ideas or finetuning your prose. I mean sitting down to write. Actually doing the writing. Yes, finding ideas and working on your prose is hard too, no question. But being a writer means one thing and…

And there is nothing we can do

a sad boy crying
a sad boy crying
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No, this is not about climate change. It’s also not about the CV or the lockdowns. This is about you and me and a cycle of events that’s unfolding since the dawn of mankind.

Will the monetary system finally collapse, the real estate bubble burst? What about the astronomical debts? Will workers ever go back to their shit job? Is the government evil? Is your neighbour reporting you? Will there be total surveillance? None of it really matters, because we are at a certain point in an age-old cycle of development seemingly all cultures and civlizations have to go through…

a young boy being excited
a young boy being excited
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Thanks to Cherry

I love writing. I love typing. I am a keyboard enthusiast. I love ThinkPads, clicky and tactile switches and everything that feeds my passion of writing.

ThinkPad laptops have the best keyboards of any laptop I have ever tried. Still, they are not mechanical. They are just a very clever scissor-switch sitting on a membrane. Now imagine, you could have real mechanical switches on a laptop.

Soon, you can.

Crisp tactility, soft bottom-out

a thinkpad laptop on a desk
a thinkpad laptop on a desk
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Coders, authors and everyone else who uses a laptop to earn their living will have encountered the comforts of ThinkPad laptop keyboards at one point or another. Many of us, myself included, fell in love with the particular feel of those keyboards. That’s one of the reasons why I can’t recommend enough to use a (used) ThinkPad for your writing as a cheap and reliable way to be productive.

If you are a ThinkPad fan and want to emulate that distinct typing sensation on a mechanical keyboard, this is for you.


The goal is getting a mechanical kayboard for a…


Hailing from Austria, a self-employed graphics designer and writer since 2009. Loves long walks in the forest, thoughtful solitude and silly raccoons.

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