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I find writing consistently on Medium really challenging. Here are my modest writing goals for 2024

Looking back on 2023 and looking ahead to 2024

Shawn Seah
5 min readDec 26, 2023

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Writer Shawn Seah autographing books at the launch of the Our Amazing Pioneers series at the Stories Come Alive Room. Photograph taken by author’s team.

Writing has always been a hobby of mine. Over the years, I have written books on my family history and Singapore stories from Aukang, Punggol, and the Second World War.

In 2023, I successfully launched my first children’s book series, Our Amazing Pioneers.

As I work during the day, and typically write family history and Singapore stories at night, I also find meaning in the daily writing and editing of reports, emails, and submissions at work.

This is especially if I can craft a catchy phrase or creative soundbite, convey an idea more succinctly, or correct grammatical errors.

(I believe that my colleagues have, over time, come to reluctantly accept that I have this strange fascination with writing, editing, and proofreading.)

Medium Stats

In 2021, I started writing on Medium.

  • Looking back on the past few years, I will have a total of 76 stories published on Medium by the end of 2023.
  • Looking back on 2022, I wrote 27 articles, averaging more than two articles each month.
  • And this year in 2023, I wrote 22 stories (including this one).

Challenges I Face

I have to be honest: It is brutally challenging for a normal, ordinary, regular Singaporean like myself to constantly write on Medium.

Finding topics or themes that really resonate, especially with an international audience; having enough time to research or write a strong piece; or even being inspired or disciplined enough to write consistently and churn out story after story — all these pose challenges. I confess that it’s not easy.

Also, when I get home from work after pulling 11, 12 hours at the office, I have to balance between blogging and a thousand other urgent-important-critical things to do. I do have many more stories that I would love to research and write about, but I have to strike a balance between my work (which remains…

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Shawn Seah

Singaporean writer and public speaker, passionate about education, social issues, and local history and community stories.