Writing is a skill you need to practice and experience; writing takes time and effort notwithstanding around in bars!
Before I get told off about a silly mistake with notwithstanding, that was deliberate.. honest 😉
You can read all you want about creating killer sales copy, erudite academic tracts, essays that garner top accolades and novels that bring tears to the eyes BUT unless you practice and actually “DO”, none of these things will happen.
There is no substitute for actually writing; not only to produce work product but also to hone your skill. Just like a top athlete, you have to train every single day if you expect to be able to deliver the performance that is expected and reach your true writing potential.
A day without writing is a sad day for me. If I do not write, I get grumpy and moody while people around me notice it a lot more now than a couple of years ago when I became serious about writing as a career choice. That demonstrates one aspect of my own personal affinity for writing – I’m passionate about writing!
I’ve written before how I’m not interested in writing a novel and becoming known as a “great” writer.
That has changed for me, I want to be known as a “great” writer in my field – I want to be known as a producer of fantastic work that delivers results for my clients so I can justify charging more for what I do. The “great” novel will still have to wait but I certainly want to be known as “great” for what I do and if you’re serious about writing as a career or as a hobby, you need to take on that passion as well. How you harness that passion is your choice; for me it just happens to be that I want financial success and security but you may wish for literary recognition and that’s your choice.
Ernest Hemingway said something along the lines of “I write one page that is a masterpiece, but the other ninety-nine pages are rubbish I put in the bin.” – he became a “great” by rejecting his rubbish and thereby improved the quality of his product by distillation. The point is he admitted he wrote rubbish; we just did not get to see it.
He also practiced one heck of a lot!
Improving your skill will take a great deal of effort and patience on your part – no web site or crash course in 30 days will turn you into a great writer – but unless you go about creating rubbish of your own, you will never, ever produce anything that runs the risk of being called “great”.
Now enough standing around in this bar and get some scribbling done!