Note: This post needs a thorough edit, but today I don’t care because I loved writing every messy word.
— UNEDITED FIRST DRAFT —
It’s hard to ignore a post that promises to make you happier and a better writer. The problem I have with these posts is their quantity. There are countless “Become happier and better at anything” posts, that I spend most of my time reading about writing instead of just writing.
TODAY’S REVISED POST: How to be a Better and Happier Writer – Michael Mahin
This post fully satisfied my addiction to writing themed posts. It had great quotes like,
“I hate writing, I love having written.” – Dorothy Parker,
It reminded me to focus on internal motivations, like being curious and having fun with this blog. And it was full of links to different websites that helped further fuel my ‘On Writing’ post addiction.
I read the post and got really hyped out about writing. I followed link after link, filled my inbox with three new newsletters, but then the comedown hit me.
I over-indulged on writing posts and wasted my precious writing window on reading instead of writing. Instead of being a happier writer, I’m now a hungover writer.
What’s worse is my writing wreaks of the overconsumed voices of the other writers. I hate what I’ve written in this post thus far because I sound like everyone else. I can’t find my voice anywhere in these words because all that echoes in my head are Seth Godin quotes followed by pound-it emojis and flashing neon signs that say —> curiosity this way.
So how would I re-write this post?
5 TIPS ON BECOMING A HAPPIER WRITER
1 – Don’t worry about becoming a better writer.
Instead, design your own writing formula that leads you to your happy writing place.
Happiness while writing = More writing = Better writer
2 – Limit you “On Writing” blog post intake and look to different genres for inspiration.
If you’re into fiction, try reading some pieces from National Geographic and immerse yourself in new cultures and worlds. I like to read romance before writing non-fiction. I’m a hopeless romantic so spending some time reading Julia Quinn or Lisa Kleypas novels clears my head and gets me into a good non-fiction flow.
3 – Get lost in your own writing; like literally.
For the first 25 days of this writing challenge, I wrote and published poorly written first drafts.
The result: I fell in love with my writing journey.
Yes, I’m embarrassed by my lack of writing skills, and yes, my inner-Virgo is mortified that these posts are published without being perfect, but in the process of making this giant word-mess, I’ve uncovered so much love for this craft.
I’m learning to be curious and to play with my poor grammar. This is making me a happier and better writer, with no internet required.
4 – [Insert your own tip here]
Try writing your own post on becoming a happier writer. Your heart is coded as uniquely as your fingerprint, so every writer has their own writer’s bliss formula.
To write your own formula, choose an area in your life other than writing (say, being a mother) and spend three days figuring out what could make you a happier mother. The lessons you’ll learn in this area of your life can then be applied to your writing.
(Einstein wrote a lot about comparative play. He would play the trumpet to help him solve math problems.)
5 – Binge-read ‘On Writing’ posts after you’ve written.
Write your blog post then follow your curiosity to any post on Pinterest. Pay attention to the posts theme, topic, content, elements, your curiosity lands on. Can you notice any synchronicities in your writing and your curiosity’s chosen post?
Tapping into the ‘synchronicity flow’ is the most powerful flow you can find. Why? Any writers’ doubt goes away when you serendipitously find another piece of writing that validates what you’ve written.
— WRITING REFLECTION —
This post is a mess: a giant pile of words that need editing and severe trimming. Regardless, I feel I got the energy right. Writing it re-ignited my desire have fun with this blog. I’ve been taking myself too damn seriously, and I’ve lost touch with my messy/creative side.
This post is worth coming back to and reworking; just not today. I have more word-messes to make.
This post is part of a 100 Day Writing Challenge series for bad new writers. You can follow along on Instagram @onemomswords to see if I ever find my writing voice in this deep pile of messy words.
This is a new blog: no purpose yet, no images yet, no clear sense yet; just words, lots of tangled words.