Great Writing Is Possible When You Do This One Simple Thing
Day 107/365: This is what great writing ultimately is…
I’ll be brutally honest with you and also quick, as I’m on my way to a biking session and I can’t waste your time, or my time, for that matter. Chances are, you’re never going to be an actual writer. Heck, I’ve been doing it for 7 years now, and I’m still not sure what the hell I am?
I even wrote a book and now starting a new one, and I’m still not a writer. Or am I? I make a living through writing, which is great, but does that make me a writer? What is a writer? Is my grandma a writer, because she writes letters to her brother from time to time?
Great writing is not a constant, that’s what I’ve learned over the years. All great writers had bestsellers, and then also some stories that they were very embarrassed about. You can’t go from great writing to great writing because, unfortunately, that’s not how writing works.
Writing is a creative process
It’s not a mechanical one, although most writers try to create routines and avoid writer’s block and all that. But the truth is, great writing is possible only by chance. When you let go of the prize, the bestselling books, the great articles that will be read by millions, and just write at your best, that’s when you’ll pull out some great writing.
Maybe I just wrote my best piece that I’ll ever write in my life just now, with my laptop on a plastic table in the yard of my cousin’s house, rushing to get to my ride. Well, if that’s the case, that doesn’t stop me from continuing to be a writer. It just keeps me going and going until, eventually, I’ll surpass this writing for a better one. And if I don’t, that’s totally fine.
When asked “how do you write?” I invariably answer “one word at a time” — Stephen King.
Great writing is possible only when you let go of your constant desire to be a great writer. To be the best writer there is. Heck, to even be a writer, whatever that might mean. Write, and then edit, and when you fail, write some more. And then repeat endlessly.
Eventually… you’ll fail some more. But then you’ll hit it big, and that’s when your great writing will inspire and be applauded by the world.
Thank you for your time!
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My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, Full-time Freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 47 claps!
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