The Danger of Talking About Writing

So, in the spirit of taking my own medicine, I’m going to do something different with this blog over the next 12 weeks, and possibly even after. I’m going to write and publish stories on here instead of my thoughts about the writing process.

(Although I will keep sharing those thoughts on my YouTube channel, which you can find here.)

There’s three main reasons why I’m doing this. Take these as my last three lessons here before I make the switch.

First, like I said, I don’t want to become the writer who only ever talks about writing instead of writing. Like with any other skill, there’s no replacement for doing the thing.

Second, this is going to stretch my abilities. It’s a little daunting to think that now, every week, I’ll have to think up, write, and finalize a story worthy of public viewing.

It’s one thing to write privately every day, chipping away at a project that won’t see the light of day for months. It’s quite another to be on the spot like this. It will force me to do everything from thinking to typing much faster.

That pressure, ultimately, will make me even better.

Third, if any of these stories fail, it will fail in public. That’s good. I know one day I will have the sort of career that other writers aspire to. A lot of people tell me I do already.

I’ve had a terrible habit of putting my own writing heroes on pedestals and imagining that they were “born that way” or that they have something I don’t.

That’s why I never want aspiring writers to see me that way. I want you to understand that I struggled, and failed, and hurt, and wanted to quit, and only kept going because of my debt of gratitude to the craft.

The craft has saved my life on multiple occasions. My need to pay that forward is ultimately more powerful than anything that might stand in my way.

You might have different reasons for being a writer, and all of your reasons are true. Whatever they are, remember them when you fail and remember them when you succeed.

See you next week!