I feel like knowing I have to contribute something everyday makes me a little more alert, curious and introspective but in the best possible way.
I’m not just ruminating and pondering over things for my own sake but to catch the spark of what is worth sharing.
I have specific times of my day where writing has been ingrained into my physiology where I am able to write hundreds of words with ease.
It doesn’t feel like effort, it could be compared to pouring water from a teapot into a cup, or perhaps water down a hill.
And so I’m learning to make the most of my peak writing times so when I go to actually schedule my posts all I have to do is edit for spelling, grammar and clarity and pick what to post when.
My aim is to batch schedule posts at the weekend which means I still have time to live my life without worrying what to post each day so that I’m open to seeing and allowing my curiosity to be piqued.
I’m a blogger/writer and even though I consider that to be creative, I do it so often that it doesn’t always feel that way. That is the reason that I see great significance in experimenting with my writing.
Outside of my 2 blogs I write poetry, occasionally journal and have a notebook dedicated to writing from writing prompts. Most recently I’ve been coming up with ideas for more journalistic style pieces about life and society. They’ll require research on the topics and also time spent learning about journalism but I’m looking forward to trying something new.
Outside of writing I love arts and crafts, basically just making things with my hands. And what I find incredibly significant to my all around growth is that I’m willing to try new things.
Not to be an expert in them but more to broaden and stretch new muscles because my writing mode is different to my arts and craft mode.
There’s a line from an oasis song that goes ‘you can’t get a life if your hearts not in it” It’s funny how a moody 90s band can just totally get you.
I’ve been thinking about how sometimes it’s easy to create things from a place of heart and feeling but other days not so much.
But then I thought, is it always necessary?
Does everything that you do have to be you pouring out from your core?
Or can you just write, create and express without doing so.
I’ve managed to remain consistent and committed to blogging daily which has always been my goal and will always be my focus.
However, I never considered how I would feel towards the things I’d written or if I’d be content with a lack of heart in the words I was sharing.
I feel like anyone that blogs daily has this mental space that they go to when they’re writing.
For me I tap into my inner monologue. It’s always running and so I simply stop and pay attention to it for long enough to write a hundred words or so.
For the most part it’s easy to do, to pay attention to my thoughts and write about them.
But sometimes getting to that place isn’t so easy because we get caught in trying to be perfect or underestimating our own abilities.
The amazing thing is that, no matter how you feel you always have access to that place.
If you want to write something but nothing good comes to mind, you might think say that you have writers block.
And so perhaps you take a break from writing, convinced that you have nothing good in you to pour out at this time.
But you’ll be back to writing once the cloud clears and all your good ideas are back because what’s the use in writing if it isn’t good.
However there’s a second option, to keep writing. Even when you think it’s bad or when you know it’s not your best. Do it for the practice or for the routine.
You might even find that what you thought was writers block is just a sentence or 2 of ‘bad writing’ and after that you’re back to your usual flow.
My writing habit was born from journaling which explains why I write with such confidence.
I’m used to writing about my thoughts on life and things I’ve experienced, in fact I’m incredibly comfortable doing it.
Granted a blog is more open than a journal but the practice is the same.
It’s been more than a decade and since I first started journaling and more than 7 years since I started my first blog.
And looking back over 10 years, my writing has improved so much. I can’t promise I’m the best at it but I’m confident that I’m better than I used to be.
Best of all, it’s something I love to do.
I went on to Facebook and saw a post from Seth Godin. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll have seen my many references to and mentions of Seth Godin.
People like you and people like me
What would Seth Godin say?
Less Seth, More me
Telling stories and being heard
Godin, writers block and the inner monologue
Anyway the post on Facebook said that Seth is back on Instagram (his last post was a few years ago).
So of course I went straight from Facebook to Instagram and clicked follow.
It’s a small and perhaps insignificant thing to some yet it brought joy to my day. Seth is someone who I’ve learnt a lot from and for those that don’t know, he’s the reason I started this blog.
If any of you are interested follow Seth Godin @sethgodin on Instagram.