52+ Lessons from Writing for 52 Weeks Straight ✍️

Avthar's Weekly Wisdom #52 (05/02/2021)

Welcome to edition #52 of Avthar's Weekly Wisdom!

🔥 This newsletter is where I share practical wisdom about self-mastery, entrepreneurship, health and happiness, all to help you live better. My guarantee is that you’ll discover one thing that will help you change your life every week.

To celebrate the one year anniversary of this newsletter, I have just a single essay to share with you: ✍️ Hitting Hacker News front page won’t make you happy...and 52+ other lessons from writing for 52 weeks straight.

Today marks a major milestone in my creative journey.

Every week for the past year, I’ve written and published this very newsletter. At first, it was read by just 5 people (family and friends that I pestered to sign up), but today it’s read by hundreds of you wonderful people from all over the world every week.

I’m a big believer in the power of reflection. So I looked back at all the writing, publishing and promotion I did over the past 52 weeks and set out to extract 52 lessons I learned from the experience.

The result of my reflection is this essay, which contains 86 lessons I learned from writing and publishing weekly over the past year (34 more than planned!). They range from lessons about writing and being a creator, to things that my undertaking has taught me about myself and about life. 

The the lessons fall into the following categories:

  • Why Write?

  • On What to Write About

  • On Writing Well

  • On Creating Consistently

  • On Audience Building and Sharing Your Work

  • On What Writing Taught Me About Myself

  • On What Writing Taught Me About Life

Read all 86 lessons now

Here are 7 some of my favorite lessons to whet your appetite:

  • #11: Write for your children (and grandchildren) (From Why Write?)

  • #16: Write what you would like to read. (From On What to Write About)

  • #29: Deadlines inspire decisiveness. (From On Writing Well)

  • #41: Your brain is for having ideas, not holding them. (From On Creating Consistently)

  • #49: There’s a difference between why you write and why your audience will read. (From On Audience Building and Sharing Your Work)

  • #73: You do your best work when you don’t compete. (From On What Writing Taught Me About Myself)

  • #84: Criticism and praise are the same demon in different disguises. Pay no attention to either one. (From On What Writing Taught Me About Life)

I hope these 86 lessons about writing, creating and life help you live better, or at least, teach you something small that’s useful.

I’m excited for the next 52 weeks of writing, creating and serving and so thankful to have all 339 of you onboard for the journey.

Lastly, per lesson 26, I’m interested to hear which lessons resonated with you, which you found insightful, and even the ones you disagree with. You can connect with me on Twitter (@avthars), or leave a comment below.

Here’s a link to the essay once again:

✍️ Hitting Hacker News front page won’t make you happy...and 52+ other lessons from writing for 52 weeks straight.

🙏 Thank you again for reading and for your support! I wish you a week of happiness, success and peace!

With gratitude,


📚PS For more of my work, see my Best of 2020 - it contains 20 of my best creations, like my most popular essays, the most clicked links in my newsletter, and most downloaded podcast episodes.

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