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I Bought A Book On Writing

Sometimes the best way to grow is to pick up a book.

This month, I’m dedicating my time to being a better writer.

But what exactly does that mean?

For some people, it’s expanding their vernacular or copying other peoples styles. For others, it’s looking at previous work and asking impactful questions.

For me, it’s picking up a book on writing, something that I have never done before.

Yesterday I ordered On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft which delves into the mind of Stephen King and he explains writing. I’ve heard a few things about this book, and while I’m clearly no non-fiction writer, I am a writer nonetheless.

I honestly don’t know what this book will be doing for me. Some books I’ve read have had fantastic knowledge that I’ve kept to while others I hardly remember or seem applicable at all in my life. But I still feel hopeful about this, especially now that I recognize what sort of stage I am at with my business and my life.

I’m In A Period Of Investing

We all enter these periods where our growth seems to go at a crawl. Something is missing or we feel like we need to look at things a little differently. Or maybe we need that one extra tool or assist to reach our goals.

If you feel any of those things, I think it’s a sign that you need to be focusing inward rather than outward. Not only that, but it may be time to invest in a few extra tools that can help you.

A course.

A person.

Or a book.

Or maybe several of those things or a combination.

Whatever the case may be, we need to part of some kind of event and it requires to take a leap and do something different.

Double down on a higher priced course that’ll really help you grow.

Be part of a Mastermind group.

Or buying a book and really delving into it this time.

I feel it needs to be something exceptional that you wouldn’t do normally but is still something you can commit to. I can commit to dedicating time to reading a book despite my track record of not really finishing the books I’ve been reading lately.

The Act Of Picking A Brain

So why did I buy a book despite all that? Aside from me knowing books are exceptional growth tools (so long as you use them properly) the big thing for me is I get to pick at someone’s brain.

And in terms of writing it’s not something that I get to do very often. You can say up to this point I’ve been a “self-taught” writer, reading a few things here or there, picking up styles, and practicing for several years by this point.

Not once have I sat down and read a book on writing and I’d like to get a feel for what it’s like.

But the truth of the matter is many people are in a similar situation to me.

The most notable source of knowledge and growth of their craft is in doing whatever tasks they are assigned.

And I’ve come to recognize that we can only go so far with that before something needs to change. We need to at some point start picking at other peoples brains. Whether that’s watching them or having them guide and instruct us or picking up a book and reading up in that particular niche.

This type of investing opens our eyes and the reason I know this is through my experience on Medium. Taking time to read other peoples work has helped me to understand what it takes to be a good writer. I’ve also picked up a few quirks that I didn’t have before. By picking someone’s brain through various mediums, we begin to change and develop.

And that’s why I bought this book. I want to change and develop so I’m better prepared for the next chapter of my life.