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 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.
Tell me your best writing tip!