If you want to write, there is only one way. Just write.
We read umpteen articles on best practices for writing, read profiles of wonderful authors hoping to glean some insight which we then hope will magically rub onto our brains. We read books and blogs and newspaper/magazine columns and sigh – how well it is written, how wonderfully it is written. We search online for the ‘shoulds’ and the ‘musts’ of writing a particular genre.
And then we are intimidated by what we learnt. The standards, practices, styles and methods inspire but don’t motivate. Several things happen in our head. One, that is common is a sense we are not good enough to implement what we learnt. This self-sabotaging strategy stops us in our tracks and we give up before we even tried.
Second, we compare ourselves with the writers whose best practices or methods we want to imitate. Instead of learning from the writers, we pre-judge ourselves as inadequate. Once we do that, we are no longer in a resourceful state nor do we have a healthy self-image. Further, we unnecessarily task ourselves to bridge/reach the stature of the writer. We are intimidated and scared. We give up before we even wrote the first word.
Third, we compare ourselves to peers. If a peer/s is/are able to pick up strategies, writes effectively, quickly finds readers and rises in popularity, we are envious. From then on, we spend our time competing or despairing. Initially, some competition is helpful if it prods you to write. However, this obsessive focus on outdoing your peers distracts from your being – your voice, style, method and reach. You become dependent on competition to improve your work, to write. It is no different from sugar and alcohol addiction.
A Simple Technique To Write
Here is a simple technique to write. After you wake up, the first thing you do is to sit down and write a page. If you are an owl, then the last thing at before you sleep. Write on anything you want. Write for yourself.
Take the pen to paper or fingers to type into a document. Keep the brain noiseless and just write.
Once you are done, read through what you have written. You are your writing’s first reader. Read it fondly, appreciatively, kindly. Note what are your strengths – phrases and word you have used, the structure of paras, flow of thoughts, the message movement, the introduction and/or conclusion, the style. Appreciate what you have. Cheer yourself.
Go on with the rest of the day. You are a writer.
Day 3 – Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Challenge
We on Day 3the Write Tribe Problogger Challenge. Please add your link to the linky below, comment on this post, share it on social media and start visiting and commenting on other blogs! On Mondays you could also link into Everyday Gyaan’s #MondayMusings. Today’s prompt is ‘Terminal’.