Shorter

From Elizabeth Spiers:

One of my resolutions is to get in the habit of writing more frequently, and part of that is learning to write shorter. When I first started blogging in 2000, this was not a problem. A paragraph-long post felt like enough, if that was what was warranted. Now I feel like I have to write a complete 1500 word essay every time I sit down to write something, and it’s not good for my writing . . .

Yes. This. Exactly.

Recently, I’ve found little ways to trick me into “writing” — whatever that entails. Sometimes it’s crafting mediocre haikus on my blog about my new home or publishing tiny poems in Instagram captions. Other times, I’ll start a blog post and then abandon it, which I realize is just another way to free-write — and totally fine. And while I’m not a goal-setting enthusiast each January, I do like Elizabeth’s idea from her blogging resolution post: no posts over 300 words. She states a concrete, firm goal. But it’s totally reachable, even for someone as currently apathetic about writing as me.

As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes I think the writer’s block is due to something as simple as my theme on my main blog; how can a lapsed writer motivate herself to write if her blog is set up as a magazine-style site that best showcases longform writing? Perhaps I set myself up to fail, each time. And I think this is why this theme, on the site you’re on now, has been working somewhat well. It’s a blog, plain and simple. No bells and whistles, no photos, no time ever spent pruning and customizing it. A digital piece of blank paper that doesn’t care — doesn’t judge — when I scribble unformed, unfinished crap on it.

For a moment, I’d considered changing things up here, or migrating all of my followers from my other site, but I think both would be a mistake.

So for now, it’s just me and (the very few of) you. Hello and happy new year.

 

7 thoughts on “Shorter”

  1. I like this. I’m much the same, and lately I’ve posted shorter piece of free-writing, mostly on the app Peach, exclusive to a few readers. But this post of yours remind me that I need to do more and be a bit braver to put my writing out there.

    Happy New Year, Cheri. Always a pleasure getting your posts in my mailbox. :))

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  2. The thing for me about keeping something short is it is a way to express myself without having to research the hell out of it. We all have feelings that come up about certain issues in our life or the world but don’t want to write about it without being an expert, but still want to share and get it off of our chests. Somehow, if I write less words, it can express my passion without having to feel like I’m making an argument, or trying to sway you to my worldview.

    I like your haikus by the way!

    Happy New Year.

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