I hope you write some things sometimes. And maybe even share your writings with the world. Finding words to express what’s in your heart can be so freeing, healing, and inspiring. And you never know whose life you’ll touch…
Tonight, I’m writing my 100th blog post. Looking back at my experience as a writer, I’ve come to realize a few things: Some surprising, some encouraging, some useful, and some inspiring…
Writing can be an incredibly freeing outlet.
Sometimes what you think is your best work is your worst. And sometimes what you think will be your worst work ends up being your best.
Three years from now, you may look back at words you wrote today, and be reminded of a life-changing truth you had forgotten.
Keeping at something–no matter how unimpressed you are with your results–is the surest way to get where you want to go. Lots of little steps add up.
One of the most effective ways to learn, think, clarify, and explore ideas is by writing about the thing you’re learning.
Feelings are vital. Write from your heart. Yes, it’s cliche, but I promise it makes for the most powerful and effective writing.
You will get just as much (or more) from what you write as others will get from reading it.
Other people want you to succeed and will support you.
You never know who your words will resonate with on any given day. Sometimes, in the randomest way, they were exactly what someone else needed.
It’s fascinating and eye-opening to look back at what you’ve written through the years. Even if it hasn’t been Dear-Diary subject matter, it still acts as a journal in some surprising ways.
Don’t be afraid of saying what you really think.
You can be great at writing, love writing, and feel that it’s the easiest thing–and still some days, weeks, months, or even years it can be very, very, very difficult.
You don’t always have to follow the same formula or write what people have come to expect from you. Sometimes a little change or surprise is perfect.
Short and sweet is often best.
Persistence is key, but be prepared for persistence to feel next to impossible when inspiration decides to take the week off.
You will look back at something you wrote and you’ll blush and you’ll cringe and you’ll think “I put that out for the whole world to see?!?” And then you will realize that it didn’t actually do you any harm and that everything is okay.
Sometimes a thing you wrote long ago turns out to be the perfect solution to a problem you’re having today.
Confidence is good and it’s important to learn to brag on yourself a little.
It is okay to say “I am a writer.” (“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach)
Having a hundred different pieces you’ve written can prove very useful later on, like when you’re asked to give a talk, or like when someone asks for advice and you realize you’ve already written down your answer.
There’s no right or wrong way to write. Sometimes you should just rattle off what’s inside and click “Publish.” And sometimes you should plan, think, draft, scrap, draft again, edit, proof-read, worry a lot, and then click “Publish.”
People want to know about you more than you think.
Even if you don’t feel like it, your life has given you so much wisdom and experience and help to share!
You are not writing for the people who will disapprove of what you write. Don’t get stuck on them.
“Mean it. Whatever you have to say, mean it.” – Neil Gaiman
I owe this one to a dear friend, but it’s been proven time and time again by my experience blogging: “People connect at the level of their struggles!” (Thanks Glenn)
Discovering that you helped just one person makes all the hours and energy you’ve ever spent on writing more than worth it!
If you have a message burning inside you, try writing it down. You may experience all these good things I’ve experienced. And you may find other good things of your own. And your words may do you and the world a whole lot more good than you expect. Good luck!
(Shout-out to my fellow bloggers and writers! You make the world a better place!)