Writing: The question of ‘why?’

 

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

 

I have been debating lately about the nature of this blog, and the why? behind it. I am not a natural writer. An analytical/technical thinker…. yes! I have that down pat. Although sometimes to my own detriment! But when it comes to putting pen to paper – it’s a slow, hard slog. My brain fervently connects snippets of information and ideas; although when it comes to the actual process of writing – I have a serious case of self-doubt.

So back to the question of why? Why do this when it feels oh so tedious and fills me with uncertainty? Without going through the drudgery; the shitty first drafts; the mistakes – no one would ever develop a skill nor build on their talent stack, so to speak. It’s all part of the learning curve. An idea highlighted in the Mindshift online course I am currently completing. I’m an advocate of lifelong learning so expect plenty more meandering thoughts on that topic in future posts. In order to improve my writing skills, or any skill for that matter, requires a level of persistence, repetition and practice. This piece by Joshua Fields Millburn on not being a natural writer, articulates the process so well.

 

‘Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.’ – Zig Ziglar

 

A Journal of Sorts….

Developing my writing skills is only one part of the answer. I guess I want ‘A Journey of Steps’ to act as a catalogue of sorts. A catalogue of the things that I have found interesting, or concepts I have pondered over during this stage of my life. A reflection of me trying to understand the world around me and my place in this world. A place to write and assemble my thoughts in a more coherent manner and put them out into the world. No matter how painfully slow that may be! ‘A Journey of Steps’ is me trying to find my voice and formulate ideas. It will evolve as I evolve. Nothing is stagnant. And hopefully for you the reader, it offers you some food for thought.

For any other writers – whether skilled, amateur, feeling like an imposter or full of self-doubt, like myself – check out Maria Popova’s, author of Brainpicking’s, Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers.

In the words of Dorothy Parker:

 

“I hate writing, I love having written.”

 

What is your why ? Do you, like me, have a love/hate affair with writing? 

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