Today’s prompt is writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)
First of all, let me honestly say that writing is not one of my strongest areas. I’m great with visual stuff, but when it comes to putting words on paper I find myself easily distracted. The funny thing is I can write amazing speeches and am pretty good with creative writing exercises, especially when my sarcasm is allowed to shine through. But somehow, when I sit down to write an article I find myself writing monotonous and dull words. I think that if anyone where to read my words, it would come out sounding like Charlie Brown’s teacher.
Why should blogging be any different from speeches and creative writing exercises? Why should writing how-to articles stump me so?
I think it goes back to the essays and endless papers I wrote in high school and college. Somewhere between 10th and 11th grade I began to feel as though my work wasn’t good enough. I lost my confidence in my writing skills and decided to write papers that had correct grammar and were “good enough.” The curriculum changed drastically between those years (as well as the teaching styles) and I found that I wasn’t doing as well in an area that I though I had always excelled. Where one teacher appreciated and applauded my creative strives, the other stifled them. One teacher loved my conversationalist style, but the other thought it was too “elementary” and needed better vocabulary, better structure.
Fast forward to 2010, I again find myself berating my writing once again, comparing myself to other bloggers and scrapbookers who write amazing posts, feeling like what I have to say isn’t “good enough.” How do I deal with this? I avoid writing. I don’t write out my prayers. I don’t blog. I let myself get caught up with other to-dos, shifting writing to the end of the list until there is no more time for it.
Point in case: I procrastinated writing this blog post. In other words, I avoided it.
So, instead of stating what I do that doesn’t contribute to my writing, I choose to state what I don’t do. I don’t write enough. Can that change? Yes. Yes, I can write more. I am determined to write more.
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