Taking writing much more seriously

I am starting to take this writing thing much more seriously. More seriously than at any other point in my life. I am not sure what changed. Maybe it was that I need to publish more books and I need to change my work ethic when it comes to putting my thoughts to paper or the computer screen. I find that when I start writing now I am much more focussed and do not allow disturbances to get in the way. I keep writing, keep typing until I am done with what I am doing.

Maybe it is reading about all these young people who keep dying and you realise and remember that nothing in life is promised at all. You have to do what you have to do in life and make the most of every single day. Live out loud, follow your passion. As someone posted earlier on Facebook, do what excites you. Writing excites me but I have had to overcome some struggles along the way.

For a long time I reasoned that I simply did not know enough words to write on a regular basis. I thought that I had to work very hard on improving my vocabulary so that I could do a fair amount of writing. I don’t think you need to be a thesaurus to write effectively. No need for big words where smaller words can do and no need to be verbose. Just get straight to the point. Keep it simple stupid. KISS! It works like a charm.

So now when I start writing an article, I just keep going until it is done. By done I need to have at least one thousands words. I am no longer living in fear of the one thousand words. It used to be like torture, to keep writing, just adding words until I have made the one thousand. It doesn’t need to be like that. Just let the words come out as you type and before you know it, you will have your words.

Today alone I have done 2 articles, each article with at least one thousand words. I am quite proud of this. In the past it was just such a huge challenge to even write an eight hundred word article in one week. If you don’t take my word for it, let me share the links to those articles here. I wrote those articles less than 2 hours ago so I have been quite busy today. The first article was Knowing what you want to do in life. The second article was LinkedIn, the Microsoft acquisition I thought would be disaster but has turned out very well . I have provided the evidence and I do hope that is to your satisfaction.

Now I can even do three articles in one week. Wow, what happened? What is the secret? I wish I knew. This is what I am trying to share and I am not even really sure what it is. So I am now more prolific with this writing thing. The great thing I love is that I am writing my own content for own my platforms, my very own websites. For me, by me inspired by that FUBU tag line, FOR US BY US. Before I share the content on social media, we start here on my websites. I can’t tell you how good it feels. I want the traffic views as well. Why can’t I get people to come to my websites. That is not being selfish. This is how the internet works.

I write while standing

I am very sure that most people write while they are seated. I don’t do that unless I am very tired. I write while standing, in fact I work while standing. This habit started some time ago. I was struggling a bit and while reading about ways to manage back problems, I came across this thing of having a standing desk. I think it is in Sweden or one of the Scandinavian countries where the standing desk are very popular. A standing desk is self explanatory. You stand at the desk instead of the conventional desk where you sit on a chair. The idea behind this is to keep your back upright. So after I read about standing desks I was very interested in getting one for myself. However, the prices of standing desks online, really put me off. They were going for several thousands. There goes my idea of having a standing desk. Anyway I did not give up. I had the brain wave of just putting one desk on top of another. What? As simple as that? Yes! That is exactly what I did and there was my standing desk. When I first tried it, I would get very tired of standing. However, after a while, I could stand for longer and longer periods. It is now almost 1300 hrs and I have been standing for the past 3 hours or so. If you think it sounds crazy I can tell you that it is. Sometimes I am so focussed on what I am doing like now that I forget I am actually standing and just get on with whatever I am doing. So like I said earlier on, I write most of my articles while standing and it just feels like I am really into whatever I am doing. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the standing. I would one day love to find out if writing while standing affects the quality of your writing in any way. I did read somewhere that eating while standing is not a good idea at all. Some scientists did a good deal of research on that and they do not recommend eating while standing at all. For starters, the food does not taste as good but ladies and gentlemen, I digress, I need to get back to talking about writing.

The Focus, the focus

I am absolutely focussed when I write. I work in absolute silence most of the time when I write. The only thing I can hear is the bashing of the keyboard as I type. There is nothing else on my mind expect the words I see on the screen as I move along. I don’t know what I am going to type next but I am not worried about it at all because I know that I will find the words. I don’t worry about how the idea will develop. I just trust the process and know that everything will be fine. I am in a very relaxed state all the while because I know that I am doing my thing and I am grateful for this opportunity.

Where did this focus come from?

I am curious about where this focus came from. I think this focus, this thing that enables to zone in on my goals now, if something that has come about as a result of my life experiences up to this point. By writing I am not trying to prove anything to anyone. I am just doing what I enjoy and hoping to inspire someone in the process. I think the focus has also come about before I find that I am a better listener now in life. I listen more intently when others speak to me. I am willing to shut up for a bit and let them have their say. I no longer listen to respond or if I still do that, it happens much less than before. I listen better to myself now. When I am writing, it seems easier to channel whatever it is within me that needs to be said. There are no struggles. It is a flow and I am confident that I will type the right letter at the right time and together I will be able to string these letters into words that will make sense when read together.

Writing is life

For me this writing is like life itself. It is an expression on being, of what I feel right now. Of where I am at this very point. I am in love with life. I am grateful for every single breath and fibre of my being. To be alive and fully present, that means so much to me. This writing is a part of me. In these words I see fragments of Tendai.

I am getting just a little bit emotional when I reflect on how long it has taken me to write what I like in my very own space. This is my house, my place, and you are always welcome here, any time of the day!

Thank you

So I guess the appropriate thing to say if you have made this far in the article is to say thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that it can inspire you, touch your life in some way.

One comment

  1. Wow Bruce. This is very insightful. I am so inspired. I must admit I have not tried standing and writing, but yes, writing is life. I love this.

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