The Problem with Writing as a Means to an End

Is it time to spice up your writing practice?

A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them.

William Stafford

Writing can help you as a source of income.

Writing can help plant seeds of intention that eventually blossom into a new lifestyle.

Writing can help solve long-standing problems in your life, your community, and in our world.

The problem with achieving writing goals is that it’s satisfying for a while, but not too long, based on my experience, and several authors I know.

We get our first article published, or make our first check as a professional writer, and after a time, the enchantment of reaching an external goal wears off.

But hopefully, the enchantment of writing as a practice starts to take hold.

After writing most days for over 20 years, I have found that the biggest value of writing comes when I view it as a practice.

Every writer is different, we all have our own practice of writing.

Some writers have a natural ability and drive to see writing as a practice.  They neither glorify or diminish their writing.

You have probably heard about writers like the poet William Stafford (1914-1993) quoted at the beginning of this post, a former poet laureate of the United States who consistently awoke in the wee hours each morning and wrote a poem every day for as long as he lived, which resulted in a prodigious output of over 20,000 poems and 60 books.  Or the business writer who happily writes copy or product guides and user manuals for her whole career.

For me creating a practice was more of an accident, than intentional.  I started to notice that I didn’t need to meet any goal to keep writing.  I found that daily writing protected my sanity on those days when life crushed my spirit.

Over the years, I observed that different writers practice writing in whatever way that suits their soul’s calling and development, and that trying to copy someone else’s practice didn’t work.

Whether you write for someone else, for your own business, for yourself  or as a creative artist, nothing is more helpful for your development than taking the time to periodically review the state of your writing practice.

If you want writing to be your destiny, you have to practice.

Today’s contemplation:  What is the state of your writing practice now?

One of the great joys with my business, has been helping writers to expand their writing practice as a coach.  If you’re interested in learning more about how to develop your writing practice in a way that suits your life and goals, click here.