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If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been posting a lot more. It’s one of the things I’m doing in an attempt to be faithful with my time and writing.

I was telling a friend this weekend that I feel like in my effort to produce my writing has become sloppy. Lazy even. Writing isn’t something that should be ‘produced’ or ‘achieved’. It’s not something I can turn on and off at will, and yet my pesky blogging schedule has meant I have to write when I don’t feel like it; I have to write when the words don’t come.

In this writing madness I have gained two things:

(1) I’ve gained a great spiritual metaphor of the value of discipline. There are a lot of things I really love that I don’t always feel like I love.  And even when I don’t ‘feel’ like I love them, I still do them.  Because I love them.  And that’s true, even when I don’t love them.  :)

(2) I’ve become a better writer. It’s hard to see the fruit of this yet, but apparently – writing, even when you don’t feel like it and even when it’s not a masterpiece makes you a better writer.

I just saw this post on a blog I love that offers the following 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer:

  • Write.
  • Write more.
  • Write even more.
  • Write even more than that.
  • Write when you don’t want to.
  • Write when you do.
  • Write when you have something to say.
  • Write when you don’t.
  • Write every day.
  • Keep writing.

Love it.

Tell me your best writing tip!

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Comments

  1. I’m sort of a “lightweight” blogger at the moment, but I’ve learned three things that have improved my writing. 1. Don’t write when I’m tired. I pretty much can’t think or make any sense when I’m tired, so I’m better off taking a quick nap and coming back to it when I’m more rested. 2. Don’t be afraid of extra work. If I’m writing and I just feel like I’m losing my connection with what I’m saying, I’m usually better off scrapping what I’ve got and starting over. Even if it does make more work for me. 3. Listen to music while I write! Listening to music when I’m writing seems to open up my creativity (maybe it’s because I’m a musician. I don’t know).

    • fabsharford says:

      Thanks Christin! Gosh, totally agree with the tired thing. and the work thing. Blast my comfort idol! Thanks for the thoughts!!

  2. I agree with the just write, always write, keep writing tip. I’m kind of a slacker about that one, but I usually get a blog in a couple times a week. Everything else just comes as it will, which is probably why everything else is so few and far between, tee hee.

    My meager offerings:

    1) If it’s in there and wants to come out, write it. Don’t fret about eloquence or form at first, just get it out. Often, I write in chunks then connect the chunks with whatever kind of mortar is required for what I’m writing, be it narrative for dialogue, form for lines hastily written, or explanation for bullet points I’ve been mulling.

    2) Thinking is a huge part of the process for me, probably as important as actually sitting at the computer. If, for example, I know that I want to write a story about a girl who gets a mysterious phone call, and I intend to write it later in the day, I try to be intentional about thinking about it throughout the morning and afternoon. It really helps me keep my eyes open for things during the day that I can use. It’s likewise with blogging. If I know I want to write about prayer or singleness or whatever, I plan to think about it a lot during the day so that by the time I sit down to write, I’ve already been in the process all day, thinking about what He’s teaching me or where I struggle (which also helps me pray, haha).

    Music doesn’t work for me, interestingly. Totally distracts me. Sometimes if I’m writing fiction, I can do something foreign or classical in the background, but never ever for poetry or blogging. But I can’t read with music on either, so -shrug-.

    • fabsharford says:

      Love it Jenn. Someone else just told me #1 as well! I think I have a serious tendency to think more about ‘how’ I say something rather than ‘what’ I say. Thanks for the thoughts!

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