I’m not an expert, I’m not here to teach you how to improve your grammar or to refine your writing style-to find your voice. If you’re here for tools, tips, tricks, hacks or whatever, I’m not your guy.
I have always liked the idea of being a writer, considering what I would need to do to become a writer, what life would be like if I were a writer. Last month, I decided that I wanted to be writer, and in that very moment I flipped the switch from wanting to be a write-to being a writer. I am a writer. So, here I am.
I’ve been writing for a few years, on and off through a personal journal (thanks morning pages). I had been fairly inconsistent with the practice until recently where I’ve gotten into a solid morning routine where I’m able to wake up before the rest of the house and get my writing done then. Since getting into this rhythm, I’ve really fallen in love with writing. Perhaps it’s the venting I do to the blank pages or just waking up early and feeling accomplished first thing in the morning. I’ll unpack that later.
When I was a little kid I loved to write. From writing about characters and adventures in fantastical worlds to creating alternate narratives and origin stories for my favorite character in my gameboy game. Even continuing the story behind me and my friends capture the flag or cops and robbers game from earlier in the day.
When writing turned into a rigid structure in high school and college, with essays and reports, the passion and romance for the medium disappeared. To be fair, I also had a lot of other things going on in my life like partying, friends, and school work. My own passions and interests revolved around partying and hanging out with my friends. To make a long story short, I stopped most recreational writing from high school through college.
After going through some really difficult times in my mid twenties, I got my hands on some self help books and then podcasts, ted talks, youtube, etc etc. Some of the advice and ideas in the self help space are funky as hell, and certainly not for everyone. Something I heard repeated over and over again was the benefit of keeping a journal. So that’s where I picked up the pen again. And I’ve been, like I said, off and on the past few years. This blog is me taking my writing to the next level. I know what you’re thinking- “cool dude, what the F does that even mean?”
I am expanding my writing to include things like fiction short stories, and profiles and reports. The point and the goal is to document and catalog my writing and work my way to being published somewhere. I’ll be using the blog as a place for me to consolidate some of the ideas floating around in my head and getting them out there.
I currently write 3 pages (morning pages journal) first thing in the morning and have a gratitude journal. That is the ENTIRE extent of my writing at present. Something that is so minimal it may just be relatable😉
My goal is to improve my writing skill and use this blog as a platform to publish my own stuff. I’m sure the early work will suck and be horrible. With some persistence and hard work I should be able to improve my writing pretty easily. Not because I’m some genius, but because my current writing sucks. It’s not difficult to clear a low bar!