Life gets busy and the people who invented the rule ‘Write at least 1,000 words a day if you want to become a real writer’, must have been childless and born with one passion.
I was busy gardening and getting spoilt this past Mother’s Day weekend. I haven’t published a post for five days and have been unnecessarily beating myself up for it, which did nothing but diminish my writing. So to pick myself up again, I’ve written one of my favorite types of blog post: the list post.
Here are five things I should have considered before skipping out on writing practice:
1 – Is your perfectionism getting in the way?
My answer would have been yes. This challenge is all about putting words onto paper. Messy words, regurgitated words, even boring words; all words, on paper with no judgment.
2 – Find what you’re supposed to say in a pile of messy words.
I didn’t write because 1) I didn’t have perfect words, all because 2) I didn’t know what to say. This challenge has taught me that you can always find a good idea in between the lines of bad writing. I should have spilled garbage words on the page and combed through it for gems.
3 – Keep the words tidy.
Since I was pressed for time, I should have steered clear of the time-consuming free-write exercise. Free writing doesn’t seem to pair well with a time crunch so I should have kept my words short and neat.
4 – Write now, edit later.
This rule ties in with #1. I had many great ideas, but they never got published because I couldn’t locate my voice to write them with. Like this post I’m writing now, I don’t hear or see my voice anywhere, but I like this list, so it’s getting written. Once I’ve located my writing voice, I can come back and re-write this post to make it sound like me.
5 – Writing takes less time than you think.
This post is being written as I wait for the kettle to boil. I have a friend coming for coffee, and this is my only quiet time, without children, to write. In less than five minutes, I’ve written a post. It might not be the greatest post, but it’s still words on paper.
Stepping away from my pen took me out of my writing flow, which also left a space for fears to creep in, something I’ll have to watch out for. Writing isn’t scary when you’re not trying to be perfect. You don’t have to worry about correcting double negative sentences, writing in the past tense or coming up something original.
Maybe the childless, uni-passioned writers were simply less insecure about their words? Maybe busy moms can write every day?
This post is a 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.