For the last 30 days I have blogged every day. This has changed my perspective on writing forever. Here are three ways my approach to writing has changed.
Less is more
We have been taught long sentences are valuable. We were all wrong. I have learned that less words have more impact on the reader. Less words equal, less confusion, more clarity. Now, I try to convey one idea per sentence. It isn’t easy but doing so, simplifies the sequence of my ideas to the reader.
Writing is a muscle
When you run consistently, your lungs benefit, stamina increases. If you run once a month, your physical resilience drops automatically. In a similar way, writing every day works up your brain; pushes you to express a big idea to its simplest terms for the reader. I have written lots of blog posts and I have felt this valuable muscle grow; no matter what the content was.
It’s not about me
Writing for your own pleasure is journaling. When you write for others, the main objective is to draw the reader to what you have to say. The way you accomplish this is simple: keep the reader in mind for every idea expressed, paragraph written. Now, I restrain myself from delving into details that aren’t crucial to the story. I don’t start a story on top of another story. Keep it simple. That is what great writing is all about.
This is what I learned in 30 days; I am not finished. Now, I challenge you to write a blog post every day for 30 days. You may not be able to start today but make it a point to do so. In the next seven days, dare yourself to start. You have nothing to lose.
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky