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PracticeIf you’ve been following along with the recent posts of Indigo Creations, you’ll know I’m doing the 15 Habits of Great Writers Challenge from Jeff Goins. If you haven’t been following, now you know.  Today is Day 4: Practice. Now, from his headline he states “Practice doesn’t make perfect” and I know my graphic over here says the opposite. I’ll get around to that. No worries. But first, the day’s challenge goes something like this:

Real writers practice. They show up, every day, without excuse or complaint (okay maybe some complaint). This is the work of a professional.

Okay, this is it. No more dress rehearsals or dialogue. No more coffee dates to commiserate with your peers. Enough talking; start doing.

The challenge – Find a way to practice in public.

Whatever you do, don’t do nothing – I know that’s a double negative, but it’s worth breaking a rule for. Nothing is the worst thing you can do. Because it’s passive. And writing is active. It requires your fully conscious self. You need to show up and show us your gift.

So do it. Now. Today. Fail fast, and then tell us what you learned. This will be messy, no question about it. That’s okay. Because practice doesn’t make perfect; practice makes habits.

Alright, so now you get the gist of the day’s challenge.  And I couldn’t agree more with him… until the end. Yes, practice makes habits, but practice does make perfect. Your brand of perfect. Not everyone can be Stephen King or Ray Bradbury (God rest his soul). We can’t all be Shakespeare. We can strive to be like them, but we’ll never be them. And we shouldn’t want to be like them. We can strive to produce as many best sellers. That’s a goal. That’s okay.  But we can’t write like them, unless you plagiarise. And that’s just not cool. But you should want to be you. Be different. Your practice makes your perfect. If your perfect sells millions, brilliant! If it sells none, that’s fine.  In the end, all that matters is that you tried, you practiced, and you never gave up. I hope to be a best-selling author one day. I won’t get there if I don’t practice and try hard. But I’ll always know I’ll be my perfect. Even as I grow into a better writer, I’ll still be my perfect.

So.. yes practice makes habits and practice makes perfect.

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KikiFor as long as I can remember, I've enjoyed the written word. Whether in books or under my pen, words were my first real friends. I learned how they worked well together to express emotions, thoughts, ideas, and so much more. Now, my passion is my job... my career... my life.View all posts by Kiki →

  1. SheaShea
    SheaShea06-08-2012

    Not sure I fully understand the challenge, but I love your response. Essentially I got from your post to never stop trying cause as long as you try and produce something you have accomplished something huge. Even if it is just for you and knowing you finished it.

    • Kiki
      Kiki06-09-2012

      I was clipping bits from his post. Here’s the full challenge:

      The challenge
      Choose yourself. Stop jumping up and pleading, “Pick me, pick me, pick me!” and look yourself in the mirror and say: “You. I pick you.”

      What’s something you’re questioning about yourself? For some, it will be the simple choice to actually call yourself a writer (but I hope we’ve overcome that by now).

      For authors, it will be a seemingly more elusive term: “author.” And for others, it may be “novelist” or “best seller” or something else.

      Here’s what I want you to do: Write down in some place secret, “I am a ____.” Do it and do it now. We’ll come to it later. For now, pull it out every day and read it. Yes, this is hokey, and yes, I want you to do it, anyway.

      Then, I want you to start something you’re scared of. Maybe it’s a book, an article for a magazine, or something else. All I want you to do is begin. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about where to go from here.

      But I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I’m glad this was a post I didn’t fully agree with him, too! I like knowing I think differently about some things. 😉

  2. Jeff
    Jeff06-11-2012

    Thanks for joining in the series.

    • Kiki
      Kiki06-11-2012

      I’ve very much enjoyed it thus far! I wish I could say I’ve managed the 2hr early every day but my insomnia can get the best of my at times.

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