Just Keep Going…

Ali Hale serves as an inspiration for today.  She’s the guest writer for Men with Pens under the post, How to Improve Your Writing.   Ali suggested that the best way to improve as a writer is to keep writing.  As any writer, I’m going through a dry spell.  Musing over the keyboard, wondering what witty post I have for the day, fumbling over ideas, start pushing buttons on the keyboard, then resign in disbelief that nothing — no inspiration for the day.Writer

Writing everyday, consistently, and inspired is such a huge challenge.  Especially when you often suppress your inner voice because “I think this is what my readers want to read but am I writing it well enough to keep them reading?.”  I have to try an advice from Chris Mower.  He said,

” Years ago when I first started writing, I had a hard time knowing what to write or even how to portray that writing on paper with my voice. I was afraid of what other people would think (even in my personal, triple-password protected journal I was destructively careful).

I finally broke that chain when I forced myself to write down my thoughts: the good, the bad, the ugly, the sinful, the religious, and the downright embarrassing. I realized in that moment that I had a voice aching to break out.”

Ali also mentioned that a great writer must be a great reader.  Find stories or copies that inspires me as a reader would then have me wondering why I’m so captivated by the writer’s work.  In turn, I can find great tips and advice to help me get better.

Just Keep Going… what a great food-for-though for a Friday.

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  1. Hi Jan,

    I too enjoyed that post by Ali. When you feel pressure to write something inspiring every day, it will wear you out. When I first started blogging on a cooking site over a year ago I felt that way too, and yep, it wore me out.

    I have personally found that you (1) don’t have to write every day, and (2) you don’t have to be inspiring every day. Of course it helps if you write every day, you don’t want to lose your touch, but it’s okay if it’s just so-so writing. Sometimes you’ll have ideas that come from just letting your thoughts flow out on paper, unorganized, and unpredictable.

    Keep up the good work. 🙂 It’s nice to meet you.

    Chris

  2. Every writer has faced that discouraging void of ideas – or even worse, when you have an idea but you can’t seem to put it into words. “Keep writing” is the best advice I’ve heard. The time I spent as a journalist showed me that even when a deadline forces you to put out sub-quality material, it’s important to keep the flow coming. It’s probably not as bad as you think it is. And even if it is bad, it’s not the end of the world. It actually teaches you.

    Excellent citation from Chris Mower. I’ve read lots of Chris’s stuff over the years and I have seen his writing style improve markedly as he’s become more prolific. He’s a perfect example of how “keep writing” really works.

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