Practice. Practice. Practice.
If 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.