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Day 202: Photo Blog #21

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Those of you who know me might figure out where this one is going. Today's assignment: "A picture of something you wish you were better at."

In case you start thinking 'She wants to type?' let me clarify things: I type like a madwoman. In my (ahem) heyday, I could do 100+ wpm standing on my head. Practically. No, it's not the manual dexterity I'm after. It's the brainpower.

Can I write? Yes. After a fashion. Do I write well? Not in my estimation. 'Adequate' best describes it.

I don't want to write The Great American Novel. Or The Great British Novel, if it comes to that. But I would very much like to be better AT writing.

Like anything else in life, it takes work. It's fine to say 'I want to lose forty pounds.' You can spend a lot of time wishing it were so, longing to get from Here to There, dreaming it. But unless you put in the effort to make it happen - monitor your diet, get up off your duff and move, exercise your willpower and change your habits - it can't. Putting in the effort is just as true for playing an instrument, learning to knit - or writing.

I give myself excellent advice; the trouble is I don't listen to myself. What would I need to do to write better, to hone the skill?

Taking a class in creative writing or journalism to learn technique would be a start.

Joining a group of people who write and coach one another might be a good idea.

Submitting articles (what, and risk rejection?!?) and soliciting feedback would be a plus.

Do I do these things? Nooo... Not yet. Am I planning to start anytime soon? I dunno.

I keep telling myself that 'write' is an ACTION verb. It requires - ACTION. I console myself with the thought that I'm writing here on Spark. It's a step, right? A baby-step, but a step. 'cause when I started on SP the very idea of public blogs would practically give me the heebie-jeebies.

Now, at least, I write something every day. Yah, it's a positive step in the right direction. But writing is definitely something I wish I was better at.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
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    I think you should put together a collection of your blogs that you act as tour guide to us and send it in to a tour company----I think you would get good feedback and maybe you could do pamphlets for them---or even for those places you have already written about.
    3419 days ago
    I DO want to write the great swedish novel... I also joined the NaNoWriMo last year but it stopped at joining, I never started writing.
    And I have written two books (non-fiction) and a children book (refused) and won prize in a competetion about short stories... and I write heaps and heaps of texts as I work as a journalist... but I still donĀ“t geta around to write that novel - maybe because I have nothing to say emoticon

    Interesting to think about this - thanks!

    And I could quote you on:
    "Can I write? Yes. After a fashion. Do I write well? Not in my estimation. 'Adequate' best describes it. "

    I am the typical journalis, write efficiently and with a drive but my texts does not "Lift" and become literature...

    I write causeries in the paper, they are funny and often have an edge - but it is 2000 carachter. I need to do it for say...12 x 15000 carachters with a n idea that carries through...sigh.
    3419 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/22/2011 1:52:54 AM
    We so so often put off things that we would like to do because of whatever the excuse is at the time....
    Whats wrong with starting this NOW....
    Often we put things off while we dream and talk and think about doing them when in actual fact we could have it done while we are doing this....
    NOW is a great time to start...whether it is looseing weight....writing or like my hubby getting his pilots licience....

    I got so tired of listening to him talk and dream about getting this that i said to him one day....do it ....why aren't you having a go at it??//
    I told him that i didn't want to be sitting on the porch of the rest home in my rocking chair listening to him bleet on about ..."why didn't I have a go""
    I am more than happy to sit and listen to him sharing the memories about having achieved it.....
    He passed his licience in January this year.....

    3419 days ago
    Hee-hee... gotta giggle at this. You ARE a writer, but to write the novel, you gotta write the novel. I am the proud friend of an about to be published novelist... she did it by writing during NaNoWriMo last November, and by golly, I saw the galley proof version! So thrilled for her, as soon as it's on Amazon I'm going to purchase a copy and make her sign it!

    You just let me know when you're on this short list of my published author friends! Because, Kasey dear, emoticon

    And you will be great at it!
    3419 days ago
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