The Value of Writing Every Day: Counterpoint to Andy Sparks’ 6/4 blog
Ironic that this title finds me 5 days behind on blog counterpoints, so I looked at what has gotten in the way. The two biggest reasons?
- Technology! My son posted my first two blogs for me, then I was determined to publish on my own. This then led to a flare-up of my chronic “technology frustration disorder.” So that was it, I was done…for a couple days…until my son saved me again with some helpful tips. But it seriously had me frozen for a couple days in that “you can’t do this” cycle.
- My schedule! Ok, the actual culprit was really poor PRIORITIZING. Interruptions, early morning commitments to babysit my grandsons, you know, THINGS to do. But it really was a matter of making writing a priority.
Ok, maybe THREE reasons…perfectionism. Very early on I commented to my son that I immediately saw the value in not only writing every day, but publishing every day…there simply was not the time to over-think or over-edit. Write it, publish it, move on. Still working on that.
“Perfectionism is a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from taking flight.” — Brene Brown
I read the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron as well, at my son’s recommendation, and did the “morning pages,” a daily journal of your “stream of consciousness” for several months. And my results were nearly identical to my son’s — patterns emerged, topics were avoided, meaningless details were included like birds chirping for lack of anything else interesting to write! The “aha” for me was reading these pages a couple years later and realizing I still hadn’t dealt with some of the issues I complained about over and over again in these morning pages. I have since taken steps to solve some of those issues, and I don’t know if I would have had such clarity without, as my son said, “writing the same damn sentence week after week!”
There are so many phenomenal books out there to nudge us along our path. Every good writer certainly must be a voracious reader first. Even Dr. Seuss knew this… “The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”