“When I write I try as far as possible to forget I’m writing it at all. I tell it down onto the page, as if I’m telling it to one person only, my best friend.”
Writing is an underappreciated skill that most men abandon after their formal education is finished. After all, who wants to write multiple page essays when they’re no longer forced to? Yes, the modern education system is pretty effective at squashing the natural passions of many aspiring young men, but that’s a topic for another day. Today we are going to discuss why you should pick back up your pencil and notepad and get to writing.
Writing Disciplines the Mind
Regardless what you write about, the process of writing requires a great deal of discipline. Between ensuring that you’re using proper grammar and punctuation, fleshing out your talking points in a coherent manner, properly researching your chosen topic, and sitting down to actually write it all out, writing a paper is weightlifting for the mind! To be quite honest, I am typically pretty drained after writing a post for AKC. Hell, thinking of something to write most times is half the battle.
Now anyone can sit down and write 4-5 pages of garbage. To write something truly worth reading is an art. Someone who really cares about their craft will pour their heart and soul into their writing and still fret over hitting the publish button once they’re finished. I’ve talked with J. Nyx about this on many occasions and we both think our own writing is garbage most times only for it to be well-received by our readers.
What You Should Write
This is really up to you, but I would encourage every man to try their hand at multiple styles. Write fiction, non-fiction, poems, whatever you can imagine. For the longest time, I wrote about what I knew; martial arts and red-pill topics. Like I stated above, this was my comfort zone, but it often left me drained. Recently, I have began trying my hand at fiction and have found the change of pace invigorating. Instead of being tied to a regimented routine, my imagination can wander, weaving tales of suspense, heroism, and loss.
Some of you may be the exact opposite and that’s fine too. Focus your writing on what you enjoy writing about, but occasionally set aside some time to write something that truly challenges you.
As with everything else in life, if you’re going to do it, do it right. Write the highest quality piece you can. The great thing about blogging is you can receive feedback from others all over the world. If you don’t want to post your writings up for the world to see, at least find a few men who will read your works and offer a honest critique. Don’t look for yes-men who will tell you that garbage is in fact treasures. Find men that will challenge you to improve your writing.
“Be patient, work hard and consistently, have faith in your writing, and don’t be afraid to listen to constructive criticism.”
How Often Should You Write
Ideally, you should be writing every day, even if it’s just a page or two. Writing is like hitting the gym, or getting up earlier in the morning – it’s a habit you must must reinforce. If you only write when you feel like it, you’ll never feel like it and you pencil and notepad will be relegated to a dusty drawer, never to be opened and used.
If sitting down and writing a lengthy piece is too daunting a task, start with a smaller goal of writing 200-300 words per day. Write about anything you want, but just write! As this becomes easier, slowly increase the number of words you write each day and hone in on what topic(s) you specifically want to write about. When you find what you truly enjoy writing about, the word count won’t matter. In fact, you’ll lose track of time as you work. There has been many times when I have gotten so immersed in my fictional novel that I totally lost track of time and was almost late for other appointments. Trust me, it’s a good feeling.
Writing, even if it’s just a personal journal creates a legacy to be handed down to future generations. It can provide valuable wisdom to others, let someone know they aren’t alone in a personal struggle they’re facing, entertain, or provoke introspection. Even more important, it’s a powerful practice for the actual writer to sharpen their mind and improve their focus. It’s a labor of love that is best described by one famous writer:
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”