Janice Tovey
2 min readNov 19, 2021
UpSplash, Nick Morrison

For what it is worth.

I like to have some structure in my writing day. Some thought about where and how I will direct my focus, and why.

Do I delve in immediately and continue a latest story or put energy elsewhere.

What is the first thing that gets my attention!

Well, I was all over the place when I starting writing on Medium. One day I would do something, and the next day I would work entirely different. If this works for you great!

I required a little bit more of a plan so I came up with my 11 steps. I complete them every day in the same order. This gives me a sense of structure and accomplishment.

My 11 Steps:

Give thanks, for Medium, this opportunity, and especially your fellow writers. We learn so much from each other everyday!

Set an intention for the day. I will approach this day with openness, kindness, gratitude. Whatever works for you.

Check on your new followers. Then follow back the writers who spark you interest.

Pick two of your new followers, read a short story from each, and clap, comment or introduce yourself.

Look at that little green glowing bell. Return a minimum five of the responses. Thank people for claps, comments etc.

Pick three stories from the most popular on Medium. Clap, comment etc.

Think of a topic that is close to your heart. Search it and read, clap, comment etc. If you are interested in mindfulness, search for a cool article.

Re-read three of your articles. I realized the importance of this. Often there are so many little things I can do to spruce up former articles and subsequently obtain more views. Edit and re-publish. It is like a new article!

It is so rewarding checking stats. I do this next.

Now that you have set the stage for the day, engaged with the community by giving feedback to your fellow writers, you can decide what you are going to do for your blog!

If you have any ideas in mind start writing, or this may be a day for simply brainstorming ideas for the future.

This routine has worked for me. It helps me to feel organized and an engaged part of the community.

If you have something to add please share.


Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.