How to write a quick imperfect article

Remco Livain
5 min readMar 30, 2018

What if you could easily write an article within one hour that is actually read by thousands of people?

A few pointers by an inexperienced writer, who loves to share his mistakes, by Remco Livain — writer for The Startup.

Btw, thank you for scrolling down past the header image, you are the 11th reader of this article and hitting double digits means a hell of a lot to me.

Just kidding, I stopped looking at vanity stats like reads and views a long time ago.

If you are an established writer with a huge fan base, you probably smiled right there and are gloating (even just a little) on your success.

Good for you. You are an absolute master.

I know that I’m not though. But I absolutely love to write.

And I’m more than happy to share my ideas and biggest mistakes.

This isn’t the first article you’ve read on how to become a better writer and it’s something I do too. You learn so much from reading other people’s experiences.

So here it goes…

(01) I chose to be “me” when I write

It comes most natural to me, when I’m just myself. That’s what makes it easy for me to, just write.

I’ve stopped trying to impress others with my great choice of words.

But it took me a while though to write exactly the same way that I talk.

“As a writer, you can be whoever you want to be. But you need to choose carefully who you want to be”

Do you want to:

  1. Speak in you natural voice, just like me?
  2. Want to be perceived as someone you aspire to be, like an industry expert?
  3. Are you funny, or at least trying to be funny? — I’ve tried it… sucked at it… and I’ll gladly leave it to others who are genuinely funny on paper

You will have a clear idea in your head of who you want to be.

Just look at your social media profiles. More specifically, look at you bio.

Remco Livain

Dutch Digital Entrepreneur. Love to share thoughts on innovation and digitalization (ceo @gandt ventures) - writer @thestartup