“I used to have these ideas, but I never really fully developed them. Now, I’m constantly writing ideas and curiosities that I would like to learn more about.“
- One of my favorite blogs/online writers is: Rootsofprogress.org by Jason Crawford
- Best book I’ve read recently is: Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli
- My personal blog / EM newsletter link is: My essays: JuanDavidCampolargo.com/blog, Newsletter: JuanDavidCampolargo.com/newsletter
- My current job title is: Hard one to answer. I’m a lot of things. Student? Entrepreneur? Writer? Author? Above all, I’ll call myself a Curious.
Why did you first sign up for Write of Passage?
I always liked writing because I knew it was much more than just turning in a paper to a teacher. Writing is coming up and combining ideas to write “original” and “unique” essays. Write of Passage isn’t a writing school, it is a community that encourages you to have these ideas that can change your life.
What did you like most about the course?
How a “writing course” does not just teach you to write, but a writing system. Beyond that, what I liked the most about it is the willingness of every single student to help you become a better citizen of the internet, not necessarily just a better writer.
What’s your #1 takeaway or lesson learned from WoP?
You shouldn’t write just to write or because you have something figured out (you could), but the best essays I’ve written are the ones that I know nothing about. For instance, I’ve written 4,000-word essay-about the mystery of language. I knew nothing about language, but I wanted to figure out why I could perceive different realities when I speak different languages (read it here https://www.juandavidcampolargo.com/blog/language).
The bottom line is that WoP taught me to write essays as a way to think and as a way to figure things out.
What surprised you about the course?
The importance of email and newsletters. When I thought about them, I thought they were outdated and useless. Little did I know how powerful they are and will continue to be.
Email is the gold-standard and newsletters are a sluice box.
How has Write of Passage impacted your creative output?
I used to have these ideas, but I never really fully developed them. Now, I’m constantly writing ideas and curiosities that I would like to learn more about. Then, I find myself writing and learning about those things throughout the week.
I’ve been writing EVERY SINGLE DAY for more than 100 days in a row. Writing has helped me become more curious, more intellectual, and overall a more interesting person.
What advice would you give to a new Write of Passage student?
You probably know this, but I’ll reaffirm it. IT WILL HARD and it will be WORTH IT. The beginning is intense and you will second-guess yourself all the time.
Make sure to remember the flywheel principle, which talks about how starting is hard and slow, but once it starts, it gets easier and faster – whether it’s a blog, a Youtube channel, a painting, a social media account, or a company.
It’s always always better to focus on the quantity instead of quality because as time passes by, the quality will improve as the quantity increases
Any final thoughts or recommendations about the course?
If you really want to achieve all those goals you’re thinking about. I will challenge you right now: ATTEND every single live session, David is awesome, but the students are awesome too. Sometimes, there might be someone more experienced or someone who mentioned the little thing needed to hear to get started.