Mastering writing templates will supercharge your productivity as a creator But most creators I know never take the time to create any.
For the past year, I’ve published over 300 essays & articles, thousands of tweets & a weekly newsletter while still having a full-time job. People often ask me how I can produce so much with so little time and the answer is — I use templates for everything.
Templates seem so straightforward and kind of a no-brainer, but they will save you HOURS of time and unlock a ninja 🥷 level of creativity. I’ve spent the last year perfecting these four writing templates so I can create faster & more effectively every day.
Sometimes the best way to create your own templates is to peek inside and have a look at someone else's. So below are four of my templates, how they work and how you can steal them to create your own. It doesn't matter the note-taking tool you use, these can be replicated into most modern note-taking systems.
Let’s take a look at the templates 👇
Tweets are deceptively simple, but when you get them right it can build your audience & credibility. Get them wrong and no one sees them it’s that simple.
👉 Always have a place to dump ideas quickly & more on.
👉 Keep databases of templates to make it easy to apply your idea to frameworks and formats that get attention. And by having the link easily accessible you actually use these databases rather than letting them sit there getting virtually dusty.👉 Use links to get to resources & frequently visited sites quickly.
I don’t love writing threads, but when I do I use my trusty template to make it easy to get my idea into a framework that I know will work for the format.
Lead In Tweet — this one needs time because it’s what is going to catch people’s attention.
Context Tweet — this one gives a little more context to the lead in tweet & primes people for what’s coming.
Main Points — The number of tweets here depends on the subject of my thread. But this is where the bulk will go.
Wrap Up Tweet — I like to give a little conclusion to the main points.
CTA Tweet — Always give a call to action at the end of your thread (if you don’t ask, people won’t do it)
TLDR Tweet — Your last tweet gets seen just as much as your first one, so summarise everything so people don’t have to read the entire thread.
By having this outline I can organise my brain dump in a way that makes it easy to get these threads written.
👉 Leave small instructions for yourself to help you get started quickly and walk you through the process of writing.
👉 Keep a few outlines & templates that you can use to structure your information. I find these a gamechanger when it comes to presenting information clearly.
👉 Anything you write more than once, add as boilerplate text.
👉 Questions will help to get above it all when you feel like you’re in the weeds of writing. Don’t be afraid to look up and centre yourself.
PS. If you’re wondering how I get those numbers on the right for character count I use the Roam42 Twitter Plugin.
Atomic essays are the core of my daily writing. I use them to test ideas, publish fast & then promote them up the chain to articles and more.
👉 NEVER edit your brain dump — instead create extra sections for drafts and final versions.
👉 When working with constraints like Atomic essays word counts can be useful.
👉 Checklists are more useful when they have built in links in them, rather than just a reminder to tick items off.
One of the requirements, when I started a newsletter, was it had to be zero friction. I already write a lot during the week, so I wanted to write as little as possible when it came to my newsletter
👉 Create a database of all the content you publish to make it easier to grab links and pull things into a newsletter.
👉 If you use Roam Research you can use Roam embed blocks (()) to bring in blocks of information from other pages that you use frequently.
Writing templates will save you countless hours as a writer & unlock a new level of creativity. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel as a creator and create (or steal) some templates instead:
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