If you’re like me, you often wonder how to improve your writing. This quest is what prompts me to read posts about writing, and because I realize I’m not the only one looking for ways to improve, I like to share the real treasures.
However, I can’t help but become a little depressed about my writing when it doesn’t come easily, when it doesn’t flow the way I would like, and when it doesn’t compare to the ideal I have set for myself.
Today as I was enjoying a boat and snorkeling tour in Maui, an idea came to me. Maybe I’ve got it backwards. When I become most frustrated with writing is when I find myself forcing my prose and not letting it flow. I can’t say for sure why, while bouncing over ocean swells the idea came to me, but it might have had to do with spin the tour guide was putting on the adventure. It was his story, and he had a rhythm that fit him, and he was enjoying himself. And those of us on the tour were enjoying ourselves, too.
We all have our own rhythm, but it’s too easy to believe it’s not good enough and no one will appreciate it. And so begins the cycle of doubt. I’d say, use the rhythm that works for you, and I’ll use the rhythm that works for me, and we’ll all share our stories.