This is an exercise done over on Lift’s 500 Words Every Day challenge for Day 2.
Day 2: Tell the story of where you hope your writing will take you. What do you hope will happen as you find your voice?
By writing, I’m looking to hone my unique voice in the product management and online marketing communities. By practicing the craft of writing, I aim to tell better stories using metaphors and analogies to convey succinct ideas to my audience of peers, colleagues and friends of what I’m learning and how I’m applying it to get to an outcome. The end result will be case studies, stand alone blog posts that may or may not belong to an over arching them and hopefully not mental vomit that I need to put out onto the blogosphere. I’ll try my darndest to not to publish the latter.
Day after day, by learning something new, whether a complex subject that’s taken weeks or months for me to arrive at an “Ah ha!” moment or a lesson from a trusted friend that’s immediately assimilated and tested after hearing about it, I look to expand my knowledge, consolidate it to a useful knowledgebase that’s readily applicable in different situations.
I don’t think it will be an easy journey, writing day after day, but the process will be the most satisfying part of it. I can already see myself in third person, hunched over a desk or table at a coffee shop. My coffee is cold. My fingers are either furiously pecking my keyboard or I’m just drawing a blank, staring at my screen and barely able to write a sentence. There is no in between. Only consistency of making the effort to write daily allows me at the end of a write session allows me the pleasure to hit the publish button in my WordPress admin.
As I continue to write and publish more of my work publicly, my hopes are that I’ll get feedback, from friends who read shitty first drafts to comments on my blog or no comments at all when I hit publish. It doesn’t matter what form it comes in, but ideally it’s constructive. If it’s mean spirited, I can take it as I’m a big boy and my writing probably wasn’t goodenough to pull the reader into my worldview to understand where I’m coming from and the purpose of my writing.
Any feedback I get are signals that tell me whether or no I’ve written something that is useful. That is good enough to encourage me to keep writing. Not only that, I’ll reach out to others who I admire for feedback. Only by taking the craft seriously and continuously putting my thoughts, conclusions and learnings out in the world, I can get better and have more data points on what would resonate with the audiences I aim to write for.
The ultimate goal is to regularly write, daily, and the words will flow from the deepest recesses of my brain. That grey matter will somehow re-arrange the seemingly disparate pieces of useless and useful knowledge with words that somehow make sense and people do take joy and seeing the value in my writing. Maybe that will be an ebook, a published book or whatever.
While I’ve written a few points of the external validation of writing, it is very much a joy to distill my ideas that are furiously bouncing around my head into an organized fashion for my journal or blog. Maybe those ideas will excitedly bounce around in other people’s heads the same way and will be put into action.
Whether through charm, humour, wit or just bloody genius insight, I intend to create educational and practical content that is immediately actionable. No fluff. All killer, no filler. Or something like that.