I came across this picture today, and I thought that it was fitting. “10 Steps”. I was thinking about printing it out and putting it in my workspace as a reminder, or a guide, of what I should be doing – which is writing.
Don’t get my wrong, I love to write and I write all the time, but, am I writing what I should be writing? If you were to ask the voices in my head, 80% of them would say no, 12% would say yes (those would be the ones that I am currently writing with), and the other 8% probably wouldn’t care either way . Those 8% are probably random extras who hope that, by staying silent, they can out live their shelflife. Poor unfortunate souls.
Anyway, what was I saying?
The steps say that to be a better writer one must write. While I believe this whole heartedly, I also believe that the writer can’t simply spew nonsense form the tips of their fingers [blogging isn’t nonsense, it’s constructed chaos of the mind set to paper, thank you very much!] and call it writing. Who would want to read a mass of jumbled jargon that didn’t make any sense? Well, I would, but I’d like an explanation to it all in the end. No one likes to be left in the dark on something that they are reading.
So, here we go. Write to write to write. If you never start writing somewhere you may never start at all. Sometimes people think that they have to sit down and be able to write a massive amount at one sitting, or that they must put out perfection and, since they don’t’ believe that they can, they don’t even try. My writing is certainly not perfection and, sometimes due to my crazy life of having three kids all under the age of 8 in the house, I only get out a handful of sentences at a time before I go insane. But I write. It gets easier, everyday, to write. It may be one sentence a day, then it goes to two, then three. Before you know it, you’re writing paragraphs at a time.
And it’s okay to stop the main thing you are writing to go and write something for fun [look at me, I’m doing that very thing right now!]. If you make writing a chore, or work, then you’ll never want to do it. You have a right to write what’s fun. If you’re not enjoying what you’re writing, then why would anyone enjoy reading it?
Think about it!