I have a very spotty record of consistent writing. In the last couple of months I’ve realized that I need to focus on writing more (and more consistently, at that). I’m thinking this for 2 reasons:
- Writing helps me think more clearly.
- Even the mistakes I make, the poorly articulated ideas and dreams I have, could be useful to some. It’s better to share than to hoard.
Seth Godin says as much in his blog post from back in 2011.
Writer’s block isn’t hard to cure.
Just write poorly. Continue to write poorly, in public, until you can write better.
I believe that everyone should write in public. Get a blog. Or use Squidoo or Tumblr or a microblogging site. Use an alias if you like. Turn off comments, certainly–you don’t need more criticism, you need more writing.
Do it every day. Every single day. Not a diary, not fiction, but analysis. Clear, crisp, honest writing about what you see in the world. Or want to see. Or teach (in writing). Tell us how to do something.
Write like you talk. Often.