This blog isn’t the place for self-congratulatory horsecrap. It’s a blog on writing in which we’ve entered into a loose contract with you, our readers, to provide something useful about writing on a daily basis and to market the Florida Writers Conference this October at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary (it’s a fabulous conference, you should go).
So it’s not with smug self-satisfaction that we mention that this is the 1500th blog post published on this blog. It is what it is. It’s a moderately large number that just indicates showing up to work on a regular basis.
However, there’s a larger point about writing, that that point is worth writing about. It’s an obvious point, and yet it’s not. If the point were obvious, we wouldn’t need 365-blog post challenges or National Novel Writing Month. Of blog posts and books about motivating writers.
The point is simply this: writers write.
If you want to get better at writing, then write. If you want to get published, write. If you want to build a following, write. Do it regularly. Make it a habit.
The first day this blog existed, 2 people looked at it. That’s fewer people than went to see Ishtar. That’s fewer people than go to a Rays-Royals game. That’s fewer people than you can fit in a phone booth without trying too hard.
Over the nearly four years this blog has been in existence, we’ve had nearly 100,000 hits at this point. And that’s because we’ve worked at publishing this blog on a daily basis.
As a writer, and the person who’s provided most of the content for this blog, I can tell you without hesitation that I’m a better writer than I was in 2009 when this blog started. Some of that is because I’ve received some spectacular training and because I’ve hung out and gotten advice from writers. A lot of that is because I’ve written almost every day for the past four years.
And it’s not because it’s our God-given obligation to write (to use the talent). It’s because writing is a craft. It’s a subjective craft. There’s good content and bad content, but perfection isn’t possible. Today’s perfect piece is something you’ll read five years from now and find a dozen ways to improve. And that’s because writers write.
So write something today. It doesn’t have to be fabulous. It could be total crap.
Then write something tomorrow.
And the next day.
Make yourself a deal to write every day for three weeks. That’s about how long it takes to create a habit. Then keep doing it.
A year from now, read what you wrote on day one. If you cringe, that’s a good thing. It means your efforts are bearing fruit.