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3 Reasons Why I Stopped Writing

And the reasons why I’m writing now

John Mashni
5 min readNov 21, 2022


I couldn’t write for six months. Before that, I wrote nearly 100 articles over a 3-year period — all in my spare time. I had built a pretty solid email list and a number of followers on a handful of platforms.

And then I stopped.

It wasn’t writer’s block. It was something else.

I didn’t stop writing entirely. I still wrote every day in my law practice. And I shifted my 15 minutes of daily writing to working on my children’s books. Now I have four completely drafted books and four more that are written but not in final draft form.

But I stopped writing about my reflections on reinvention and creativity. I stopped sharing what I’ve learned as an artist, lawyer, entrepreneur, advisor, and a storyteller.

Here’s why I stopped. Maybe my story will help you avoid stopping what makes you come alive.

1. I Hit a Plateau and Needed a Change

I noticed that I needed to change something in my career. Actually, my wife noticed. My family did, too. And my friends. And even some of my colleagues. I had hit a plateau.

I built my entire legal career around gaining practical skills that my ideal clients would covet. After I graduated, I sought out an apprenticeship model where I could learn from the best lawyers possible. Looking back, my plan worked. I learned from some incredible individuals. I had an incredible mentor and wrote an entire article about it. I was blessed to learn from another lawyer who I still believe is the best writer I have ever met — and I wrote an article about his best lessons on how to become a better writer.

Even so, I still hit a plateau. I had succeeded in gaining useful skills. But I was not yet in the right model that would allow me to take advantage and market those skills. That was my plateau.

While I had a comfortable life, I knew I could do better. The knowledge of my own potential created frustration and anxiety. I started to question my original decision to go to law school. I had to re-evaluate the last decade of my life — and that evaluation included my writing.



John Mashni

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