Riding the bicycle

Writing is like riding a bicycle. Once you learn the skills even though you are out of practice, you can just hop on and it will all come back to you, right?

I haven’t ridden a bicycle in years but the last time I did, it wasn’t pretty. I had problems with steering. Worse than that, I didn’t have the same strength or stamina I had when I was younger.

I found that writing is similar to riding a bicycle, at least for me. Without exercise, I’ve become sloppy and out of shape. Thinking about freelance writing for retirement income has been my latest endeavor. I started researching courses, books and came across a few golden rules for writing that I am sharing with you here.

Write Often

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour.

I want to be a freelance writer but I don’t write anything other than some Facebook posts occasionally. Seriously? I need to slap myself in the face! If I can’t find the time to write on a daily basis, how am I going to succeed as a freelance writer when I will have to devote several hours a day to writing?

It is also like riding a bike. Writing on a daily basis is exercise that strengthens abilities over time. Just because I once was a good writer doesn’t mean I am still a good writer when I let myself get out of shape.

Good writing does not just blossom out of thin air. It takes time and work.

Edit

“The first draft of anything is shit.” Ernest Hemingway

I really need to remember this because too often I publish my first draft and later am embarrassed by my writing. A good example of this is of some writing samples I sent in to a copywriting service where my test results were rejected . I spoke about this in my last blog.

The samples were still online with the company. I read them again. I was embarrassed at my sloppy writing. The editors had good reason for rejecting my samples. If they hadn’t rejected them, they wouldn’t be good editors.

“Proofread carefully to see if you any words out” Author unknown. (Ha! That could be me.)

Read

“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King.

This is an important step to writing better. Read whatever you want to read. Do it to learn. By reading more I’m finding ways to become a better writer and gaining a broader view of the world.

These three simple tips can be found easily by anyone researching writing.

I thought I could just hop on the bike and race. It doesn’t work that way.

(Please feel free to comment. I welcome your thoughts.)

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