Read to Write
Often times I find myself with the urge to write. The topics range from day to day struggles, to chasing your dreams. I love to write; I choose to write. Writing however, can sometimes be a daunting task — the words don’t always flow as eloquently as I’d like them to. When I sit down and have all my tools before me, I can’t always convey exactly what it is I am trying to say. It’s times like these that I step away from my desk and pick up a book.
Reading is the best exercise for improving one’s writing. Like playing an instrument — if you want to improve your technique, practice someone else’s. This simple act can be thought of as an expansion of your vocabulary. I’m not suggesting you take other peoples ideas (obviously,) but what I am saying is that it pays to take a step back. Forcing a potentially good idea when it could have come naturally, is self-sabotage. Good writing takes time.
I am aware that this does not hold true for all writing, as some of the best work comes to us at random. At those times, yes, timing is everything. But for the less than extraordinary of moments, plan carefully, articulate your ideas, and execute them with precision.