It’s a funny truth that I keep losing track of, but the more consistent you are with your writing, the better your ability will be at seeing the work. After a bit of a rollercoaster, being back on a writing schedule has me absolutely jazzed daily. I look forward to this time I have set aside at the end of the day to just be creative, reflect, and to try to get beyond pretense.
Reading back over my work, they are not all gems. But I hardly think that’s the point. Here, I experiment. I try new things, push the lines, and honestly just practice. Not everything goes the best during practice, and I am starting to recognize the soot from the fire.
It’s the kind of perception that experienced tradespeople have. Doing the work, day in and day out, they see the complications and problems that we don’t. My father, in construction for nearly half a century, constantly points out problems in my own home. Things I haven’t noticed yet, things I have tried fixing on my own. There is no spite in his observations, he is just so much more skilled at seeing the work that needs to be done.
Those are the memories that I have to hold onto. Setting myself into a rhythm isn’t just about ‘me time’ or ‘meditation’. Getting stuck into the writing is the only way that I can develop my voice and my vision. And if I am not consistently working on that, how can I expect my practice to improve?
No, I am not the world’s most gifted writer. I doubt I ever will be. But I do have a passion for words, for language, and for building my skills that goes beyond average. I just have to have the sense to keep my pencils sharp and keep seeing the work.