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!