“I don’t know what to write”. That’s what we say, we call it “writer’s block”. Seth Godin says that when we say we don’t know what to write what we really mean by that is that we don’t think we can write something good. So we settle for nothing. He advocates for a different approach. Write. Even if it’s bad. Keep writing and you’ll get better.
I created this series after hearing him talk about how valuable it is to create and ship creative work every day. Even if you’re just writing a paragraph. You’re doing a little every day. That’s what I’m doing with Daily Tidbits, I’m writing and posting something every day. Even if it’s bad, if I do it every day, and I’ll get better.
If you’re interested in becoming a better writer, this is my challenge to you:
Write at least a paragraph and share it with someone else every day for 30 days.
If you have a blog, post it on your blog and tell a few friends it’s there. If you don’t, ask a friend to read it and give you feedback. Don’t care about aesthetics or how good your writing is at the beginning. If I waited until this blog looked the way I wanted before I started writing, I may never have written a word.
As Seth says, committing to write every day shifts the question from “Should I write today?” to “What should I write about today?” and that shift frees up the mental energy to write.
You can apply this principle to any skill you want to learn. Don’t care about looking like a professional when you begin. That will only hinder your growth. Practice, get feedback, apply feedback, repeat.
Have you ever avoided doing something because you couldn’t “do it right”?
How could use starting small and being consistent help you do it anyway?
If you’re struggling with “Writer’s Block”, I highly recommend reading this blog post: https://seths.blog/2011/09/talkers-block/
See you tomorrow,