How to keep writing when every word seems shittier than the last

And still hit “Publish” like it’s the best damn masterpiece

Mich Chow
4 min readSep 24, 2023
Yup, raise those fists like the champion you are. Photo by Japheth Mast on Unsplash

Let’s face it, writing is hard.

Scratch that, it’s more than just hard.

Writing wrings out your brain juices and takes every bit of your soul.

After a decade of on and off writing, I’ve come to a few conclusions.

The “audience” of one

In school, we wrote a lot. We wrote essays, answered long application questions, wrote more essays..

The opportunities for practising the craft were endless.

But we never did cherish the chance, did we?

It’s because we weren’t writing for ourselves, we were writing for an audience of one.

Our teacher.

More specifically, the teacher who was going to grade our homework. We only wrote for that one person.

Ughhhh, yeah girl, I feel the same. Photo by Valerie Lendel on Unsplash

Who could blame us if we half-assed our way through those essays? No one’s gonna read it anyway. Especially, not after the teacher slaps a grade onto…



Mich Chow

An ex-coffee binger and a recovering procrastinator. This is where I process my curiosity.