Writing isn’t always as easy at it seems. I’ve been writing a weekly blog now on the financial markets and while I’ve had great success with it, I haven’t been able to reach the level of productivity that I should in order to expand out the blog.
I started out by writing the blog as and when I could upload a piece, much like this blog. But, what ended up happening was writing a lot at one point and none at all for weeks on end. Again, much like this blog.
So, I decided to stick to a weekly schedule which would allow me to do a kind of weekly round up along with my own analysis and thoughts. So, far it has worked well and I’ve written it for almost a year now with two issues missed in between. That’s got to be some kind of record for me.
And now, I want to build that out more. There’s no shortage of ideas when it comes to blogging. The problem is executing on those ideas. I’m sure plenty of us have half finished drafts with great ideas that we started writing. But, after three or four paragraphs, we lost steam and decided to save it for later.
That later not only never comes, you lose the momentum of what you were writing and it doesn’t see like you can effectively finish the article you started. Perhaps you write a few more lines and then think it’s actually not what you wanted to say and you scrap the entire post.
This is why most people say that you should just write freely with whatever comes to mind without editing and go back to the article only once you’re done writing out your idea in full. It’s not a bad way to do it. Although, life is full of interruptions and distractions and I find it hard to ever write a post in one sitting.
But, one thing I do know is that writing takes practice.
Just as with any other endeavor, the more you practice, the better you will get. And it doesn’t matter what you write. People who play sports, train whether they have a match or not. And they don’t always train their entire body. Sometimes it’s a light workout and sometimes it’s much more intense.
I think that’s a great way of looking at it. So even if you’re writing non-fiction, factual posts or reporting the news or anything to that effect, you can still dabble in some fiction or free form posts about your thoughts and ideas.
To be frank, I wrote this post to do more of that. To let my thoughts flow and, practice my writing and hopefully provide some entertainment in the process.
Have a lovely week ahead!