People often tell me they admire the frequency of these blog posts. They say that they couldn’t do it. I’m not sure that I can do it. Let me explain in this post…
First of all, writing at any frequency is just practice like anything else. When other small business friends of mine insisted that I start blogging I, too, insisted that I couldn’t do it. They (virtually) kicked me into submission until I gave in and made it my habit. It’s like any other habit that you have to work to get into.
People often talk about inspiration. I just this morning saw a great quote about this: “I write when I’m inspired and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” Peter de Vries. The point is that you have to set time aside to do it. While setting a specific time each morning doesn’t work for everyone, the point is this – we make time for those things that are important to us. If writing is important to you, you will make time for it.
I’d recently picked up a book that I think is a great way to give tips for any of us to improve our writing: “Everybody Writes” by Ann Handley. It’s easy to read, has great examples, and even just being less than halfway through it have already gotten lots of value from it.
For any of you who need to write something, there are plenty of books and courses to help you through your writer’s block. Another one that I think some of you could use would be: “Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method” by Gerald M. Weinberg. Some of you will sit in front of a blank page and wait for inspiration. That blank page looms at you until you run away in frustration. With the fieldstone method you pick up pieces of information to get you started when you’re ready to write, and this is basically what I do except I hadn’t read this book when I’d started doing it.
So, while I thought I couldn’t do it, I did it, been doing it, and am able to keep doing it, if I so choose. For any of you that were in sports, learned to play and instrument, memorized those scientific lists we had to learn in school – just apply that repetition to this and you’ll improve.