On Practice

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not very good at the whole “write every day” thing in the long run. Yeah, sometimes I can manage some decent streaks, but those usually happen when I’m working on a project that I find exciting. When I’m between projects? Often you can forget about it.

And I think I know why that is for me (and maybe for some of you, dear readers). It’s the obsession with making every word count for something. It’s the same reason we can be so precious with our first drafts; we want it to be prefect. I know I do. I have a real problem with being okay writing crap that won’t make it out of the second draft alive.

So here’s my call to myself and anyone else for whom this resonates: write something crappy every day. Don’t worry if you don’t think you’ll ever be able to use it, because you really never know. You certainly won’t be able to use it if you don’t write it. Just male a folder, or a notebook, or whatever, that’s reserved for stuff you might never use. And then fill it up.

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About Hilary B. Bisenieks

Hilary B. Bisenieks (Biss-en-yex) n. 1. An author of fact, fancy, and opinion based out of Oakland, CA. 2. A graduate of the Creative Writing program at Warren Wilson college and Mary Robinette Kowal's Short Story Workshop. 3. A man unable to be trusted to update basic biographical information with any regularity. View all posts by Hilary B. Bisenieks

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