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WRITING ISN’T EASY
Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, guest blog posts or sales copy, writing as an activity – regardless of the goal you’re attempting to achieve – is not an easy task. Some will say coming up with an engaging plot and relatable characters makes the act of writing tougher than it is for non-fiction writers, but isn’t sales and marketing copy also about telling a story? How is writing for your own blog (trying to sell yourself) any easier than writing for another’s (trying to sell someone else)? Just because the medium changes doesn’t mean that the act does.
I’ve been on both sides of the equation. I write fiction for my own and my readers’ amusement and entertainment, while I write blog posts and articles for clients as a freelance writer. I’ve found neither side to be any easier than the other.
What makes writing easier is practice. Practice, practice, practice. The adage “Writers write” litters every writing forum, subreddit and book on writing, and while it might mean different things to different people I think its meaning is both crystal clear and two-fold:
1. You cannot call yourself a writer, unless you’re writing. Football players don’t sit around watching football matches all day. They play football. It’s easy to call yourself a writer; it’s much harder to actually be one. After all, we all know how to write. Everyone can pick a pen and write something and yet most “writers” aren’t even doing that. They sit at their computer desk and discuss writing techniques ad nauseam without ever using any of those techniques to write something they can call their own. This is not what a writer does… a writer writes. Unless the writer’s practicing her craft, she will never get any better and she will never get anything done.
2. Writers write consistently. While writing is what makes one a writer, it is not enough to write when you feel like it. The muse is a fickle demon and if you’re writing when she strikes you, you will never finish what you start. I learned this the hard way when I started freelance writing. There is no time for inspiration when you’re on a deadline. As a writer, like in any other craft, your job is to finish the task at hand to the best of your ability and then move on to the next task. Whether that task is writing a book by end of year, or finishing a blog post by midnight, it needs to get done and no-one cares about your muse. No-one gives a crap about your writer’s block. A writer doesn’t wait for his muse to show up; instead he finds her, ties her to a chair, and proceeds to milk every last drop of inspiration out of her.
100 DAYS OF WORDS
With all that said, I falter sometimes. Sometimes I just wanna lie back and play a couple games of Hearthstone. But it’s too easy to go from “I’m gonna take a break today” to “I guess I’ll just take the weekend off” to “I think I’ll be fine if I just spend the whole week practicing Starcraft 2 builds”. I don’t like that, and something needs to be done. So here’s what’s going to happen:
In an attempt to get into the habit of writing everyday, I’m going to take on the challenge of writing and publishing a blog post for 100 days straight.
There won’t be any limitation on topics. Some will be about me and my day. Some will be about gaming. Tech, gadgets, news, even short fiction stories are all fair game. And there won’t be any word limit or minimum, but I promise to do my best to deliver 100 blog posts that are either entertaining, or informative, or both. What matters is that I write, edit and publish something everyday.
Hopefully I can keep everybody entertained along the way. And with any luck, 2015-11-14-future-me will thank 100-days-ago-past-me for taking this first step.
Here we go! Day 1, done.
(Looking for the table of contents? Well, would you look at that! Now it has its own page! Fancy…)