Commitment to Write

It’s always at the back of my mind. I want to write. I read a short article somewhere this morning about the benefits of writing. I know the benefits. Then the article talked about how to make it a habit. I already know how. The answer is to write. Just do it.

With so many options these days, I find it hard to create the habit. There are blogs, facebook, twitter, macs, PCs, yellow pads, journals, pencils, pens, keyboards, touch screens, uggg. I actually have probably a dozen blogs that I can write on. This one is my name blog. Then I have my ski blogs and my motorcycle blog, and my blog about blogs, but I rarely write on them anymore. Too many topics and too many mediums. I think I have too many options and I’m overwhelmed with the choices causing me to have a sort of writer’s block. Instead of the blank page, it’s the pile of choices.

Perhaps the topics and mediums would begin to narrow down if I just make the commitment to do it. But what is my commitment? Everyday, once a week, a thousand words, a single page, 140 characters on twitter, in a blog, in a journal, to a reader, to myself, to the universe, a specific topic, or what ever comes to mind, grammatically correct or free form whatever? I think creating some parameters will help to get started. If they change it’s no big deal (or is it). I hear my writing professor and adviser’s voice (Richard Berkey) in my head, “pick a time and write everyday.” Think that’s what I’ll do.

1 Comment

  1. Rikki on September 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    You put it perfectly and I’m sure most people could relate. I’m on day one of committing to write everyday. So far so good. I have decided on a specific topic and this seems to help me. Also I’ve decided to write in a “Decomposition Book.” It’s like a composition book but made from 100% recycled material. It was a birthday gift and the first page was filled in by my friend with a lovely letter to me. Right now, it’s the perfect place to write. I have also chosen blue ink. For some reason I really only like to write in blue ink. Thanks for sharing and remember writing about writing is still writing. Right?

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