Day 180 – It’s a practice

In my secret world, I write blogs like Taxgirl, Get Rich Slowly, and A Practical Wedding. When I write, I take it so seriously because it has to be perfect. And I get discouraged because my writing doesn’t have that magical quality that I see in those blogs that I admire.

Here’s the thing. In my brain, I know that no one is born a brilliant blogger (or anything else for that matter). But I’m impatient (I blame my mother for this). I know that it will take patience and time before I can find your own voice. I also know that my voice is going to be very different than Taxgirl.

Which brings me to practicing. According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, you need 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. That’s about 3.5 years assuming 8 hour days.

That’s a lot of practice time.

So, I’m giving my compulsive, controlling, introspective, Type-A, wondering-how-I-don’t-have-an-ulcer self a break and joining my friend Sasha Korellis in a 180 day challenge. The plan is simple. For the next 180 days, I’ll write.

I’m not going to worry so much about whether the topic fits into Scripting Happiness or the tone. I’m going to try to be less attached to the result and more committed to the act of writing every day. (This is also going to be hard and will require a lot of practice.)

The goal is just to practice – everyday.

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