Saturday, October 17, 2015

Write. Everyday.

I find that as I get older, the less I give to the importance of writing. I'm not a good writer by any means, but not writing at all will help me to improve that. I made it a goal recently to write something every day. Anything at all.

I rarely ever sit down to write things, unless it's for this blog. Usually, it's on the train underground when I have no cell signal. Or when I'm waiting for the next connection. Or when I'm waiting for the coffee in the office to brew. Whenever a thought that I really want to indulge in strikes me, I'll write it down. It was hard at first, because so often, I sit down wanting to write something perfect, but once I let that requirement go, it became a lot easier.

Malcolm Gladwell proposed the idea in the book Outliers that 10,000 hours of intentional practice is necessary to become an expert or a master at that skill (have you heard that Macklemore song 10000 hours?). Too often, I subscribe to the idea of innate talent. But I certainly know that's not true. And that talented people have worked at it their whole life.

Anyway. An exercise in "If you want, then do." I want to be a good writer, so I'm working on that.


  1. Keeping a daily diary is a good way to get this done. I highly recommend it if you don't do it already!

  2. I've got to admit, the only non-uni related writing I do is on my blog. I have never been able to keep a diary for longer than three or so entries (apart from my teen angst diaries, ha).