Can I become a professional writer? I always wanted to be one, but never had the guts to try it out. The desire to dedicate myself to it has been haunting me like a catchy tune, not letting go and annoyingly providing a melody deprived of its text. So now I turn around, I hunt the hunter till I provide the lyrics. Follow me on my run through disillusions, sweat and joy. Give me hints on how to do it better, laugh about my naïveté and share my journey. But most important: enjoy! Thank you, Lu
Saturday, February 16, 2013
What do we have in this box?
morning Latin America and good day rest of the
every good start, I cleaned up my desktop, installed a Google calendar and
condemned myself to a regular weekly task on Wednesday morning of catching up
with the “minor to-do-list”, how I call it. In concrete words it means: clean
up desk, desktop and do all the small activities I have been avoiding the other
days… I will so hate this date!
happily, happily: today is Saturday. So for the moment I am safe.
Next I am
doing is starting with a list on all the things I want to write about. It turns
out to be a quiet mixed box of non-related topics. Like in a fruit and
vegetable salad – just about everything is thrown inside. Let’s see what at the
end stays. But what I want to do for sure is document the processes on writing
itself, like in a scientist’s diary. I will try to figure out a methodology on
how to keep writing every day and start improving the quality and originality
of the texts and thoughts. In fact, I am guided by my belief that most of the
things in life can be related to jogging. When you never went for a run, or
when you stopped with it for a long time, you feel insecure about even being
able to stick to the purpose of running regularly. But everything is possible.
I had a personal trainer once – not a paid one, but an expert on this field
anyways – and he told me, the trick is starting very, very small. If you push
yourself by trying to jump on bigger steps, then your brain registers stress
and you might feel like a hero after the first session, but your body will
remember and try to skip the next sessions whenever possible and sabotage you
I haven’t been
writing regularly in years. So starting with a short idea every 1 to 3 days, even
if it is just a thought of two lines, should be an acceptable small step goal.
And now, I
stop theorizing about writing. Because as I learned from the Christmas hang out
sessions for SME offered by Franck Scipion last December: “How can you theorise
about something you have no clue of?”