September 5th, 2021 | How To Become a Prolific Writer? The 50% Rule.

Ontology Of Value check_class_desk_idea_learning_lecture_notebook_notes-913134-1024x605 How To Become a Prolific Writer? The 50% Rule All Posts Self-management Tools and Strategies  productivity navigation on the job market job market ideas careers

Today, in the vast majority of white-collar jobs we need to write. Essays, reports, educational materials, instructions, emails, you name it. The need to create content in a written form is especially pronounced when it comes to content creators — authors, bloggers, essayists — but in fact, all of us need to write to a smaller or larger extent. However, some of us have a natural blockade from creative writing. For some reason it is a challenge for us to take a blank sheet of paper and cover it all with new, original content. Which often leads to procrastination.

Is there any way to find joy in writing and become a prolific writer — when you are not one of those who “naturally enjoy writing”? Of course, there are various types of writing, and you can’t put all writers in one basket. However, in this short article, we will focus on creative writing — which is particularly challenging to the professionals who don’t have an inborn drive for writing.

The Process of Writing Is a Relationship.

Of course, just as with any other activity that we tend to procrastinate, the key to success is finding the right work motivation.

The key to prolific writing is to imagine your writing process as a form of a relationship with the reader. The reader is the receiver of the content or information, while we are the creator or a broadcaster. In any happy relationship, the two sides should be equally satisfied. In other words, as the creator, you should find some source of satisfaction coming from your writing.

To many people, the bare thought that their receiver — a person whom they might not personally know — learns something new or just enjoys the read, is a work motivation strong enough. But is it strong enough for you?

If not, perhaps you need to create a deeper feeling of personal gain from writing, going beyond educating your reader. Perhaps, you need to also educate yourself in the process.

The 50% Rule.

One extremely helpful yet rarely mentioned principle is the 50% Rule. Namely, if you choose the topic for your writing so that you can create 50% of the content using the knowledge and resources that you already have, and you need to learn another 50% in the process, curiosity and willingness to learn will prompt you to write the piece. You will have the additional benefit from writing useful for your personal development. You will entertain yourself and learn something new in the process — regardless of who your readers might be and what they will gain.

Why 50% rather than 90% or 10%? Well, if you only write a summary of what you already know, then you won’t experience this motivating joy of exploration. On the other hand, if you attempt to write on a topic you have absolutely no knowledge about, you won’t have any message to convey and there will be no central thought in your piece. In such a setting, you might easily get lost or discouraged.

For this reason, it is good to select topics where you have at least a vague idea of what your message is going to be. In such case, you can start by creating a list with a number of bullet points, and then, google for more information to unfold each point and add crispy details to your arguments — so that you better justify the opinions that you already have, or, to disprove them in the process.

Don’t Expect To Achieve Perfect Text At the First Go.

First the mass, then the carving. Most good writers don’t write in a linear manner but rather, stack ideas first, and finish and polish the text only after they reach the critical mass of content. There is almost no one who could sit down with an idea in their mind, and write a perfect text from A to Z at one go. So, don’t expect this to happen! 

Most likely, you will need to come back to the same text multiple times – and every single time it will read smoother than before. This technique, also known under the ugly name of “word vomit,” is highly popular among prolific writers.

Gamify Your Writing.

As humans, we love games. If you can enjoy scoring points in a nonsensical video game, why wouldn’t you enjoy scoring points in a real game of life? You can section your text into pieces, and read yourself for completing every piece. 

For example, you can write a screenplay containing 10 points, and then have a coffee, a cookie, or a 15-minute dopamine ride through social media every time you complete a step of your plan. Many people experience that their results improve even in cases when they assign meaningless points to the tasks on their list! So, don’t wait for your boss to give you tokens of appreciation for your work. Show appreciation to yourself!

Find The Right Time For It.

For many people, the most productive time for writing is in the early morning, right after they open their eyes. However, they are dogmatically glued to their 9-5 working scheme and never get out of their comfort zone to explore new writing practices. One of the most important aspects of being an efficient writer is experimenting with yourself!

Today, especially after the corona crisis, most employers prioritize effects over fixed working hours. So, even if you are not officially expected to sit by your laptop and typing at 5 am, why would you bother about it, even if it makes you work 3 times faster?

Own Your Text.

One thing worth mentioning is: it is also a motivating factor to inject your personality into what you do. Today, in most areas go the job market, the written text becomes more and more cross-stylish. Even in texts traditionally formal in tone, such as research articles, we can find humor and metaphors more and more often. Whenever it comes to your own interpretation of facts, you can always find a way to add your own touch to your text.

Of course, there are exceptions — you couldn’t ever put humorous comments in a procedure for how to control a plane or in a tax bill. However, in the vast majority of circumstances, adding a little bit of your own character is possible, and will greatly boost your satisfaction from writing.

What are your own ways to increase your productivity as a writer? Please share with us!

Please cite as:

Bielczyk, N. (2021, September, 5th). How To Become a Prolific Writer? The 50% Rule. Retrieved from 

Please also check out our YouTube material:

Would you like to find out where you fit best in the job market given your personality, natural working style, and values? From corporations, through consultancy companies and startups, to launching your own freelancing business – there are so many options out there! And on the good side of things, if you choose for the working environment that you naturally resonate with, passing job interviews and landing contracts becomes much easier straight away. 

We have built a self-navigation tool, The Ontology of Value Test, that helps professionals and students in choosing the right career path. The test will show you where you fit in the job market given your natural working style, personality, and values. It will give you a great overview of the potential and the opportunities that you have in the job market of today! 

Interested in more strategies for how to navigate in the job market? 

Read More:


54 thoughts on “How To Become a Prolific Writer? The 50% Rule”

  1. Right here is the perfect website for anybody who would like to find out
    about this topic. You know so much its almost tough to
    argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a fresh spin on a subject that has been written about for
    ages. Great stuff, just wonderful!

  2. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly
    donate to this fantastic blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your
    RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will
    talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  3. I was suggested this web site by means of my cousin. I’m not certain whether this post is written by way ofhim as nobody else recognise such precise about my problem.You’re wonderful! Thank you!

  4. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and
    tested to see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a
    youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has
    83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with

  5. I’m extremely impressed together with your writing talents and also with the layout
    in your blog. Is that this a paid subject or did you
    modify it your self? Either way keep up the nice high quality
    writing, it is uncommon to peer a great blog like
    this one these days..

  6. Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds
    me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this.
    I will forward this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your weblog.
    You have some really great posts and I believe I would be a good asset.

    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please blast me an email if interested. Thanks!

  8. Hi! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through thispost reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting aboutthis. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.Thank you for sharing!

  9. Greetings! Quick question that’s entirely off topic.

    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My website looks weird when viewing from my
    iphone4. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue.
    If you have any recommendations, please share. Thank you!

  10. Thanks for sharing superb informations. Your web site is very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched all over the place and just could not come across. What an ideal web site.

  11. Hi there, I found your website by the use of Google while searching for a comparable matter, your site got here
    up, it seems good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

    Hi there, simply was aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is really informative.
    I’m going to watch out for brussels. I will appreciate when you continue
    this in future. Lots of folks will likely be benefited from your writing.

  12. I used to be suggested this web site through mycousin. I’m no longer certain whether ornot this submit is written by means of him as nobody else recognise such detailedapproximately my trouble. You are amazing! Thank you!

  13. I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has
    really peaked my interest. I am going to take a note
    of your site and keep checking for new details about once per week.
    I subscribed to your RSS feed too.

  14. Admiring the time and effort you put into your website and in depth information you present.It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed information. Great read!I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  15. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on this blog loading?I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or ifit’s the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

  16. After looking at a few of the articles on your web site, I seriously like your way of writing a blog.
    I book-marked it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my website too and let me know your opinion.

  17. Its like you read my mind! You seem to understand a lot about this, such as you wrote the book in it or something.
    I believe that you just could do with a few
    p.c. to pressure the message home a little bit, however other
    than that, this is wonderful blog. An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  18. I don’t know if it’s just me or if everyone else
    experiencing issues with your website. It appears like some
    of the text in your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them
    as well? This might be a problem with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen previously.
    Appreciate it

  19. Howdy great website! Does running a blog like this take a large amount of work?
    I have very little understanding of coding however I
    had been hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyhow, if you have any recommendations or techniques for new blog owners please share.
    I understand this is off subject however I simply had to ask.
    Many thanks!

  20. I have been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article
    like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good
    content as you did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  21. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to
    be exactly I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content
    to suit your needs? I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write about here.
    Again, awesome weblog!

Leave a Comment