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Learning from Mighty bell

A quick blog. I discovered a great quote that hopefully will drive me forward to keep this blog going. Seth Godin’s blog on blogging has some good advice for me about writer’s block “Writer’s block isn’t hard to cure. Just write poorly. Continue to write poorly, in public, until you can write better.

I believe that everyone should write in public…. you need more writing.

Do it every day. Every single day. Not a diary, not fiction, but analysis. Clear, crisp, honest writing about what you see in the world. Or want to see. Or teach (in writing). Tell us how to do something.

If you know you have to write something every single day, even a paragraph, you will improve your writing. If you’re concerned with quality, of course, then not writing is not a problem, because zero is perfect and without defects. Shipping nothing is safe.

The second best thing to zero is something better than bad. So if you know you have write tomorrow, your brain will start working on something better than bad. And then you’ll inevitably redefine bad and tomorrow will be better than that. And on and on.

Write like you talk. Often. tweet. Write poorly. Every day. In public. ”
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/09/talkers-block.html

I really like that – write poorly but often and your poor writing will improve. Of course it will – that’s a no-brainer for me. So from now on I am going to try to write something every day – both in here and on Twitter. Before I go to work is a good time – nice and fresh in the morning before my brain gets clogged up with the minutiae of the workplace. No more whingeing about how I don’t know what to write about, no more putting it off – just write something – and I will! In fact, I will tweet about this right now!