Saturday, June 29, 2013

Taking a step towards becoming a better writer

I was talking to a friend the other day about creative writing. This is an artistic endeavor in which I've dabbled from time to time. You, the few brave people who read my blog, have been subjected to some of my experiments. Well, I feel like I want to get more serious about it. One of the ideas my friend and I talked about was adopting the discipline of writing every day. For most people, myself included, it takes a lot of practice to master something. So, I've decided to set myself a quota of writing at least 1,000 words each day, and do whatever it takes to meet that quota every single day. It's like exercising, which requires serious commitment if you want to achieve any results. I think this is a good analogy because it helps me feel confident that I can follow through. My physical fitness is a part of my life that I have turned around (with the help of my awesome fitness coach). It was hard and still is hard, but I've been successful, so I know I can do this, too. And I feel like I really want to try.

I got started yesterday. The output of yesterday's session is not suitable for external consumption. In fact, I doubt I would ever publish any of the daily material. It's stream-of-consciousness, poorly organized, and raw. The point is to get the words out first, then later choose the stuff that might be worth refining further.

I want to thank my friend, who shall remain anonymous here, for inspiring me to take this step. There are some other good practices that I will work on adopting as well. I do plan to continue publishing experiments here, because publishing your work is another important part of the process. I'll try hard to maintain some kind of minimum level of quality in what I post here, but I can't promise you'll like any of it. Please feel free to leave comments about what you like or don't like.

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