Writing Blocks

There are two mental commitments to write. First, everyone is a writer. Humans communicate using words, and writing is the most effective form of communicating. Why asked why he wrote a book about his company, adventure.es Brent Beshore said it was to scale conversations. 

Second, writing is a skill. When David Kelly of IDEO leads creativity workshops, someone always tells him they aren't creative because they can't draw well. Kelly then asks how well they play the piano. Huh? If you don't practice you can't play. The same for writing - or the verb of your choice. 

Knowing that we can do this and we should do this, how do we do do this? Think of writing as an assembly. 'Writer's block' is more like 'writer's gap.' Not having anything to write about is like not having any gas in your car or food in your fridge. Go get some stuff. 

Let your interest guide you, no matter what it is. I went from daddy-blogging to business blogging to writing emails. It's a journey that starts with stumbles and inefficiencies. Your writing will stink, mine still stinks, Usain Bolt's writing stinks too. In the same way you wouldn't compare your running times to his, don't compare your writing to others. 

Lee Child gave this advice, “Name any author. He or she is the best in the world at writing his or her own book. No doubt about it. Me, for example. Lee Child is the best in the world at writing a Lee Child book. No one else could do it. Michael Connelly is the same. Could I write his books? No way.”

One meme is that if you read the same books as other people you'll think the same thoughts so read different to think different. I disagree. Order matters. Life matters. Experiences matter. All that leads to new and interesting writings. Read whatever interests you.

Fiction writers tell stories with imagined facts. Non-fiction writers tell stories with found facts. Whatever you write will be whatever you want. Fill the tank, collect the blocks, build the bridge, cross the gap - in only the way that you can.