Can you relate to these :
“I want to write but my idea might not be good enough…”
“I always get stuck midway writing…”
“I always end up perfecting the first paragraph without ever progressing to next one…”
“I can finish this later, hopefully, I’ll feel more inspired later…”
Those sentences above may be familiar to every one of us. Even more to an aspiring writer in his 20s, let’s call him Mikey. As a kid, Bobbo tried writing his first short story. Be it as absurd or grammatically disastrous he enjoyed the activity still. His love for writing stayed until his teenage years. Then he wanted to write his first novel, using his foolproof crazy original idea in his head. “This will be the most amazing story in the world! Who knows if I’ll be the next modern Shakespeare- hahaha”
He wrote the draft for Prologue. Something feels off, he thought. The opening scene wasn’t as grandiose as he wanted. So he discarded the draft entirely and wrote a new one. Rinse and repeat, until he kept being stuck in that part. He felt frustrated that something always kept him chained in place. He never got anything done, and he stopped.
Fast forward some years into his 20s, Mikey got busier than ever with college stuff. Even more reasons not to waste time writing, he might have thought. The activity of writing which should’ve been cathartic ended up stressing him up. As the last resort, he pulled the last straw to try a whole different approach to writing.
It’s called: Ain’t no brake in writing train.
Forget about writing perfect flowing sentences in one go, just make it till the end. Be it minor grammatical errors or redundant components, it’s more important to complete what one has been started. Shutting off the inner critic helps a lot too. It’s imperative to stay in flow while writing any form of creation.
Personally, I have no pursuit in writing as a career, but this activity helps me share my thoughts and knowledge. Accomplishing a piece of writing helps build my confidence too. After all, winning against many temptations to give up in the middle, prevailing till the end… It can feel as grandiose as a champion reigning victorious.
By consistently writing, one can develop their information conveyance skill. Helps explaining what’s on the head easier. I think I won’t cut to be an expert in something if I fail to explain it in a form easily understood by anyone.
None of my published writings qualify as Pulitzer-level work, that’s for sure. This particular article might even look like pointless self ramble without any clear points to convey. Even so, I’ll do my best to improve my skill. And so you readers can do as well. At first, it’s boredom hell to write first paragraphs, but try to finish till the end once. If possible, do revisions at the end to make it more polished.
“Writing is like thinking, but in an out-loud manner, on a form others can see and learn from”
That’s it as closing. Thanks for reading till the end.