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Jul 16, 2019 23:18:25

Anything that gets you writing and keeps you writing is a good thing

by @jasonleow | 267 words | 🐣 | 299💌

Jason Leow

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@twizzle shared this quote by Neil Gaiman, that made me went "a-ha!" and *face-palm all at the same time: 

Writers groups can be good and they can be bad. Depends on the people in them, and what they're in them for.
On the whole, anything that gets you writing and keeps you writing is a good thing. Anything that stops you writing is a bad thing. If you find your writers group stopping you from writing, then drop it.

Why "a-ha!" then *face-palm? Because that principle so ludicrously simple to understand and even simpler to execute and stick to, yet I had never once thought about it! 

Anything that makes me start and sustain writing is a good thing. Anything, like a new writing habit, hack or technique, or even when suggesting new 200wad features.

As usual, my overthinking tendencies trip me up. Whenever I think about the state of my writing, my habits, techniques I'm using and experimenting with, I overthink about what the pros and cons are, and whether I should try it or continue in it. And I had been thinking about these things quite a bit recently, ever since hitting 200 on my streak, because I wanted to new challenges and new growth. That also includes my (over-)thinking about my writing streak here, should I continue, or should I break it... 

So...parsimony as a heuristic. Einstein was often quoted saying, "Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." 

So should my writing, and thinking about my writing.

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    @jasonleow

    I think that this stage of effortlessness is so important. No matter the craft, we admire the masters who can express themselves because they've mastered their domain so much that they can so effortlessly spend time on the things that matter rather than the mechanics. Although it takes a lot of time of getting the mechanics down before one can reach effortlessness.

    With writing, i think it's so singular that actually one can reach effortlessness without ever struggling with mechanics. I don't think is possible is less singular arts/crafts such as programming or basketball or etc... but with writing, I do truly think a person can reach effortless-mastery-expression without every having gotten stuck in the mechanics... although I don't know if anyone's every pulled this off.

    So this is similar to what Naval loves to say. "Read what you love until you love reading."

    "Write what you love, until you love writing."

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 17, 2019 01:46:32
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      @abrahamKim yes I like to think there are masters out there who can write effortlessly. It's like the concept of flow. Olympic level athletes train for years to be able to tap into that state. Similar for writing I guess? Like you said, we just have to keep writing! :)

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 17, 2019 21:32:41
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    @jasonleow Writing should become as effortless as breathing and as critical to your life as well.

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jul 16, 2019 16:23:50
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      @twizzle oooh nice. I wish too...one day...

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 16, 2019 23:24:42
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