Do you love writing, but find it difficult to find time making it work? Are you constantly critical of your work, and find that you rarely ever write something worth sharing?
Well, good old Ben Franklin said “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.” and that really stuck with me the first time I read it.
“Write something worth reading…” Here’s an idea. What if you just wrote something for your enjoyment? Something you would like to read?
Do me a favor.
Try setting a word limit for yourself. Like 76 or 215. Anything under 300. Then tell yourself, “I will write a whole story exactly this many words long.”
Then, give it a shot.
You can start big with several paragraphs of story, then prune it to exactly the right word count. Or you can start small with a single idea and build from there.
The first 3 or 4 will probably suck.
But then you’ll write one you really like and you’ll want to build something bigger around it.
I find it’s a great way to work on my story telling, descriptions, and word choice. When you get one right, It’s exactly the right amount of reward to keep wanting to write more and more. I find it really addictive.
The long and short of it is this: write something.
The person who walks around the block is lapping the person who is sitting at home on their couch. The same is true creatively. Put in the time, do those writing pushups, and the good habits and strong stories will follow.
I’ve been writing in earnest for 12 years, and I’m still just a beginner. I’m really lucky if 1 out of 10 things I write is any good at all. But for me, right now, all that matters is if I enjoy my own writing – as well as learning from my mistakes and failures.
When it comes to writing, Jedi Master Yoda said it best: “Do or do not, there is no try.”
Lastly, find a writing buddy. Someone you trust to give it to you straight when you ask their opinion. Writing can be a lonely quest, and is best accomplished with lots of feedback and criticism. Seek discomfort, and you will feel those creative muscles getting stronger and more sure.
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. I would love to talk.
Remember you are loved,