Love this via Ajay Ohri:
- Write 50 words. That’s a paragraph.
- Write 400 words. That’s a page.
- Write 300 pages. That’s a manuscript.
- Write every day. That’s a habit.
- Edit and rewrite. That’s how you get better.
- Spread your writing for people to comment. That’s called feedback.
- Don’t worry about rejection or publication. That’s a writer.
- When not writing, read. Read from writers better than you. Read and perceive.
#4, in particular, is super-important. Even if it’s a small amount, the sheer act of writing, over time (and not quitting) will make you better. It may not make you a NYT Best Selling author but that’s okay, that was never really the goal for most of us, right?
In fact, if we can remember our own account accurately, most of us started with less than noble motivations and agendas.
I started writing public notes about my software projects in an attempt to codify my own learnings (i.e. I was incredibly forgetful). Soon thereafter, my girlfriend at the time signed me up for a blogging CMS-platform and told me to write for her since she was in another state. Not exactly Best Selling author-like beginnings, right?
But it’s now become more than just a habit. There’s an internal metronome during the day that ticks, that tocks, that plays out that doesn’t demand that I write but rather desires to be engaged. There’s a part of my fingers, my thoughts, my brain, my heart that just writes itself.
It’s not love nor passion nor skill, it’s not a robust calendar or scheduling that drives it either. It’s become more than just a habit; it’s become part of who I am.
I know, I know… that’s a bit too mysterious and mystical but to be honest it’s hard to explain. I’m neither desperate to do it nor driven. And sometimes (most times) I’m not exactly thrilled to do it either. And so, I write.
Write on, friends. It’s good for the soul.