How to focus on your writing journey by writing slices of life:
Want a personal example? You see, I follow my own advice.
Years ago, I decided it would be a lot of fun to try writing my first novel--and it was. I worked with a small writer's group, wrote a chapter for each meeting. My writing improved, and I learned so much from the process. But...
I also identified some specific areas I wanted to improve in my writing--and none of those areas require that I write a novel to improve!
In fact, by taking off some of the pressure inherent in writing a novel and writing shorter pieces, I've been able to work on my specific goals more closely.
When you write a 'slice of life' it has the potential to turn into a blog post, an essay, a story...a novel. But it doesn't have to. And that freedom lets you focus on your technique.
Like a tennis player focusing on just one swing again and again...or a swimmer practicing just the arm stroke, just the kick...or a pianist working on only one critical part of a new song.
Focusing on the journey instead of the destination is not the same thing as giving up your goals. It is choosing to focus so that you can achieve your goals.
Different writing adventures call for different techniques.
Maybe today's blog post resonated with you. Maybe you need to practice smaller, shorter bursts of writing to achieve your goals.
Then again, maybe you've got other ideas?
That's a great thing, you know?--recognizing what you and your writing need right now.
I'll be writing two more blog posts on this topic to help you see where your writing may take you.
- How to start curating a collection of your moments (your slices of life). If you want to make something a little longer, a little more concrete from all of your writing.
- How to use your journaling habit (and your slices of life) to start get started on a writing project of your own.
So stay tuned for the next two posts on this topic. In the meantime, I'd love to know where you are on your writing adventure.
Your two cents:
Have you ever taken a step back from more complex writing projects to focus on a single aspect of your writing?
Do you give yourself permission to write sometimes 'just for practice' and not for the finished product?
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