Why I Will Not Write an Article a Day on Medium

Michele Koh Morollo
3 min readDec 31, 2023

Writing that’s worth reading cannot be rushed.

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I read a bunch of Medium articles about writers who’ve challenged themselves to write and publish one article for 30 days, 365 days, 500 days, for 900 days etc. and thought to myself “Should I try that?”

The answer was clear. “No way! Not for me.”

Why? Because I know myself well enough to know that this approach will only lead to lifeless, watered-down content. “Churning it out” is sure-fire way to suck the soul out of the written word.

Recall your favorite novel or even an inspiring quote that you love, and you’ll see that soulful writing — meaningful writing, powerful writing — is evidence of deep, honest, strenuous, and slow thinking. It isn’t simply the hashing out of random thoughts in an attempt to leave the ego’s black marks on a white page.

Soulful writing isn’t about spewing the first idea that comes to you, or about giving advice or instructions, or about creating lists, or about being seen and heard. Soulful writing requires that you first figure out what is going on inside your own head, so you can make good decisions about what not to write about. It’s about being honest with yourself about the things that you simply do not care enough about, know enough about, or are qualified enough to write about. It’s about approaching the process with enough humility to know that you are not an expert on the topics that you have decided you care enough about, know enough about, and feel qualified enough to write about. I can’t write an article every day because I need to spend a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months thinking about whether the topic I’d like to write about actually needs to be written about. And then, when I begin writing, I have to pause constantly to consider what needs to be omitted from the page.

A big part of soulful writing is philosophizing, which involves sifting through competing ideas and arguments within your own mind, throwing out what feels untrue or pompous and keeping what feels true and pure. Soulful writing is like alchemy — it transforms something intangible and isolated (the interior world of a person) into something tangible and conjoining (written words that most people can understand). This is hard work!

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