Practice in public
Before I started blogging daily, I was a devout practitioner of Julia Cameron’s ‘morning pages’.
You’ve probably heard of the exercise, but if not, you can learn more about it here (I highly recommend it). It’s basically a daily journaling exercise that’s designed to kill the ‘internal editor’ that holds us back from our best creative work.
When I turned my morning writing practice from private to public, I thought I was going to lose the magic that morning pages offered me. I know there’s certain things that we only give ourselves the liberty to say in private that’s being held back when writing publicly. And I was no longer saying those things.
But on the other hand, I have to say, practicing in public has taken my writing to a whole new level. Creating under the heightened awareness that comes with knowing my work will be in front of a stranger has built my word muscle in the strongest way.
Want to get really good at something? Practice in public.
No, you don’t have to do it daily like I do. But more than you do now. And then increase it as you go along.
Yes, it’s terrifying.
Yes, you’ll fall face-first in front of an audience.
But there’s no way around that part of it.
May as well not delay the inevitable.