A friend called me a couple of weeks ago with a lot on their mind. After explaining everything they fell silent and waited for my response. Once I had given what I hope were some encouraging thoughts on the matter, I suggested that they, "go write it all down." Being a writer themselves, they immediately understood my reasoning and promised they would do just that. Sure, there's a therapeutic element to writing something down, but beyond that, writing helps to untangle the web of confusion within our mind.Read More
It's been over a year since I started this blog. Three hundred and ninety-two days to be exact. Looking back on a year of three 1,000-word posts a week, I've seen a few things from my creative process that - at least for right now - I know to be true.
1. It doesn't get a lot easier
Of course, my writing took on more form and style and the process itself became easier as I learned more about structure and story. But the problem with any form of artistic expression is that you'll always run into the same issue whether you're 28 or 88: creative block. I find myself regularly staring at a blank page because the process of creating isn't as simple as turning a switch on and off. It's either an intentional, slow process or an unexpected burst of creative inspiration. From that perspective, the issues that plagued me as a young writer still plague me now as a... slightly older, young writer.Read More
My relationship with blogging began back when there were two main platforms: Wordpress and Blogger. I hopped on with Blogger very early because it was a Google product before eventually switching to Wordpress' platform at the urging of my Dad who had been using it for his business website. Over the years, I have blogged from at least five platforms and have experimented with nearly a dozen more. Due to its increase in popularity over the last decade, there has arisen numerous ways of building, customizing, and running blogs. I am giving you the simplest and quickest way of getting a blog started without compromising aesthetic beauty or functionality. It'll take you about 15 minutes.Read More
Blogging, like any form of writing, is unique to the individual. The habits that help Steven King crank out dozens of best-selling novels are vastly different from the habits that help Timothy Ferriss build an empire around his three "4-Hour" books. However, in our quest to write well, there are tid-bits that tend to help us not suck quite so badly.Read More
I have started blogging on at least three occasions, failing each time within months. I found myself unable to keep to a posting schedule, unable to write anything of worth to anyone else and lacking motivation to write anything at all six days out of the week. This was, in part, due to my inability to write well which was prolonged by a multi-year long stint of reading nothing but school text books and photography gear reviews. Whatever the case may have been, I have found myself increasingly motivated to write over the past year and a half which has resulted in this blog and a corresponding book. So what changed? My purpose.
This post goes out to the courageous ones who want to start blogging. To you, I want to simply ask, "why?".Read More