Writing Consistently, in whatever Form, Leaks Everywhere.

You don't have to be writing a novel or formal essays to improve your writing. Writing every day about whichever topics you like is enough to exercise the writing muscle.

Now here's one thing Brandon,
, and I agree on. In fact, Gabriel once emailed me near verbatim what Brandon wrote above within an email exchange of us lamenting our lack of progress with fiction writing.

From writing consistently -- although I haven't done so in public the entire time like Brandon -- I've likewise noticed an uptick in writing quality. Quality not only refers to the output but my overall experience of it. Writing is now more enjoyable, and many things I used to consider menial about it are now intrinsically satisfying. I no longer longer always feel the rush to just get my ideas out there and hit the send/publish button. I actually like sitting down with my ideas and statements and seeing how they might be received.

Finally this quality increase appears in unexpected places. I never thought I'd enjoy writing emails as much as I do now. I never thought that I'd feel a deep sense of flow while writing notes on how to implement some user interaction in code. And I kid you not I'm already stoked about write 'instructions/documentation' for this writing community.

So how can writing consistently made the act become so enjoyable? I think it comes from an increased awareness of the craft. I think many people -- including myself -- do themselves a disservice by shoe-horning themselves as X or Y or Z writer. Because then they feel like they need to write a certain way and when it doesn't flow within that way they become frustrated.

When you write consistently -- the right way* -- you begin to not self-imagine yourself as a writer who should be producing X,Y,orZ and is failing to do so, but instead simply observe and suspend judgment. And this is when the actual message can flow out through you. From not trying to write a certain way, I've been so surprised with all the different places and means from which I've found appreciation for writing.

*I'll write about the right way in another post.

I just see examples of burnout. Like I was reading through some of 
's posts on the old 200WAD and I saw how a user @hum ended up accidentally breaking her streak and she just couldn't handle continue writing there. 

I think that some people approach the daily writing habit from an unsustainable manner and this fascinates me.
2020-12-13 00:01:20
It seems that almost every bona fide writer out there says something to the effect that they write "because there's something that needs to come out". So it's almost a compulsion; it's not a duty nor a stat to them. And that's always been my problem with the streak-first approach. It's about a stat. And with that approach everything deep -and deeply satisfying - about writing, like the flow, the craft, the discoveries that might come out of it, even if they're not lost, they're certainly only in second place.
That then creates the conditions for poor and unsatisfying reads (to the audience) and unimaginative and trite compositions (for the writer). 
Basically, streaks suck. 
Habits, and the cultivation of a writing habit (for the right reasons), well, that's something else. 
2020-12-24 19:26:16