Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Practice Makes Perfect

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

This quote came through on the Happiness Project's daily email today and it reminded me, once again, why, if you want to be a writer, you need to write every day. If not every day, then almost every day. Because that's what writers do. Not only do they write but they write all the time, and if you write all the time, guess what, you do get better at it. This, of course, applies to all human endeavors.

So that's the little insight I'm sharing for today because I am otherwise writing, namely working on tweaking those first few chapters of my memoir manuscript.


  1. Great quote. One of the wonderful benefits to daily blogging is daily writing!

  2. The Desert Rocks & Shelly - glad you agree!

    Tia - indeed, blogging does help with keeping the writing muscles well oiled!

  3. I was surprised by how my sentences improved after I'd been writing a book for a couple years. So even if one considers himself an "experienced writer," as I did, practice makes you better. Astounding concept! But true. I agree completely.

  4. When I was a music major during a long digression in my college career, my teacher introduced me to the old musicians adage -- "Skip practice one day and you know. Skip two days and the conductor knows. Skip three and the audience knows." However, why is the most obvious road to improvement the hardest to take? This is my summer to start working on the "write regularly" thing. The perverted corollary of this advice for some of us, though, is if we keep writing every day to get it perfect we'll never have to go through the struggle of actually submitting anything.

  5. Richard - thanks for your comment! I think your point about seeing your writing improve after working on a book shows that a book-length manuscript is another step up in the craft.

    Julie - you are so right, the devil is in the regularity! It's so hard to develop a habit! Submitting is another thing, that also needs to be done regularly, or, guess what, nothing is going to happen!