I'm experimenting with writing, every day. Seth Godin's continuous posting over the years has inspired me, good ideas come from having lots of ideas.
Like a lot of people, I often don't want to project bad writing into the world, so I don't write at all. That doesn't make sense. It clicked with me after reading Seth Godin's Talker's block:
No one ever gets talker's block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down.
Why then, is writer's block endemic?
Now, I'm putting half-baked ideas into the world, just like I did when I learned to talk. Learning is about stumbling through things until you can do it without thinking.
Even if you don't agree with me on that, you probably do agree blogging tends to have abide to a power law. If you don't know what that means, it means the majority of a blog's traffic is driven by a few posts. Sadly, I haven't figured out what makes a good post. So – I'm going to write a lot, experiment and see what works.
That means my writing will change in length and style. Sometimes it'll be bad, most of the time, I hope, it'll be good. Writing every day forces me to think better. It forces me to look at the world in a way that lets me explain it to you, another person. It's the closest thing we have to telepathy.
Maybe think about joining me and writing daily. If you think you're not a good enough writer, to write, listen to Ira Glass:
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
We all have something to say, every day. So shouldn't we write it down, too? Your idea may be the next big idea. If you're deliberate about your practice, your writing will improve. The best thing to do is get started, you might not become the next George Orwell but at least you'll be able to string some coherent sentences together.
I hope writing daily will make me look at everything with a little more interest, and to borrow from Seth again, I'll learn to write like I talk, often.
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