I want to start writing again. This time with the intention of improvement. What I will write about? Maybe traveling? I don’t know, but I just want to write.
I think that’s how writing started, when people wanted to record their lives. I’m not a fantastic writer. I know there are plenty of great writers but I have to start some where.
Leisure writing has been a part of my life for a long time. I write a journal post every few days for the past six years and I wrote morning pages for a span of 12 weeks earlier this year.
What I like about writing is the feeling of freedom. Though it’s easiest to think, then to speak, last to write, I feel writing contains more craft than the other two. Since it’s craft, it can be learned and honed.
When I was in high school I used to write when I was upset about something – that one time when I was in the ER from a skateboarding injury and nothing got done prompted me to write about my experience.
Now, rather than playing video games, I feel writing is an entertainment when not taken seriously. It’s a way to pass away the time, to collect my thoughts, and perhaps to discover new ideas.
One idea that I realized was that nothing matters. I live then I die. What happens in the middle is useless since I’ll be dead anyway. Maybe I came up with this idea from meditation or just free thinking, but now I think it’s only half true. The true part is that I live then I die, but the other part is that what I do will have an effect in the future. If I choose to do nothing then the effect is very little. If I choose to do great things then that effect will multiply into the future. This simple truth is often overlooked and that’s one reason I think people are so passive about life. On the other hand, it’s easier said than done. But one has to start.
I would like to write everyday but that will not help me much. Repetition without improvement is idiocy. Writing well everyday will help me dramatically. And to write well I need to edit and reedit. So if anyone can assist me that’ll be great. Perhaps some book recommendations or writing tips?
If you are inspired about writing as I am, mark writing as a goal. I just did.