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I’m a newcomer to the blogging world. Are you? Or maybe your a much more seasoned writer.
Either way. There’s a good chance you’ve had this problem before.
The fear of writing is always at bay.
Will this piece be good or will it be bad? Does it make sense? Am I making myself sound like an a**hole.
But as you can see. Possibly at my peril. I’m writing it anyways. Because this is the point of this post.
Writing and writing so badly it hurts.
Not everyone started as a literary genius.
There are so many blogs I admire. Mark Manson. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents. Seth Godin.
Sometimes reading their posts albeit great reads, can also be intimidating.
They’re inspiring. You feel like they’re talking to you. They write like they know you.
It’s down right perfection. And then you get to your post….
We write. Rewrite. Write again. Leave it. Come back.
Stuck in this process, I decided to go back. Way back (2010 to be specific), on one of my favourite blogs. Wow was I surprised! Their writing was not like it was now. In fact it was even like something I’d write today.
So I realised something important.
Writers who write well, write well because they also wrote badly.
They allowed themselves to learn. They wrote and got on with it.
Write for the waste basket
Ahhh… I heard this little nugget when I was listening to Tony Robbins
He was talking about a guy in the office at the time of recording. This poor guy felt like he had lost his spark.
But then he made a change.
He remembered a quote from a Johnny Mercer (an American lyricist) who wrote s*hit load of songs and won even more awards.
“You must write for the waste basket”
And so he did. Then, back came his MOJO!
Scared of writing? Me too.
So let’s write for the waste basket together!
We don’t have to finish every piece or post it. But writing for the waste basket takes a hell of a lot of pressure off. It gives us the space to find our better ideas and run with them (and run fast).
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The art of imperfection
When we write for the waste basket and remember that every started at square one, you’ll feel a lot better.
Hey, it got me here. And if it can get me here, it can definitely get you here.
I read an article by a teacher who spoke about his students and the importance of writing badly.
He gave his students permission to write badly. To make a mess of their assignments.
They no longer focused on the perfect way to say something.
He found it created a rush. This is when they found their voice.
“The greatest reward in allowing students to write badly is that they learn that language can lead them to meaning, that words can be a means for finding out what they didn’t know they knew. It usually happens when the words rush to the page, however awkwardly.”
It was like the art of imperfection opened doors!
I’ll write badly, if you do!
Because everyone started somewhere.
And it was most likely awkward sentences and posts that didn’t always connect to the reader.
So our goal? The waste basket. Imperfection.
Let’s make beautiful messes of our posts until they meet the right people in the right way!
And when they do. I’m sure you’ll audience will be glad.