Perseverance is the key.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s oft-quoted book Outliers, he asserts that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of doing a thing before the typical person becomes an expert at actually doing that thing.
So, don’t expect to become an expert writer until you’ve logged about 10,000 hours clacking away on a keyboard or scribbling on a legal pad. It takes time to hone your skill, but the best writers understand that and forge ahead.
Considering I write two hours every day, and the fact that I started writing regularly two years ago, it would take me 5,000 days, or 13 years to be an expert writer. So, 11 more years to go.
If you like blogging (yes, I know you do), read through this article. I don’t really agree to all the points (like the commenting or twitter part), but the other lessons are quite good!
My to-do-list always looks like this:
1. E-mail tutor/lecturer/Karen (my editor)/Sherryn (my mentor at RCH)
2. Read textbook for tomorrow’s lecture
3. Finish draft for assignment
4. Final editing essays
5. Submit lab report
How good it is if my to-do-list looks like this:
1. See the sunset
2. Drink coffee while reading a book
3. Smile to strangers
4. Say “I love you” to the people you care
5. Sing in the bathroom
A very heartbreaking read. Once in a while we ask the question, on which we do not really know the answer. It’s the same like asking, “Why good things happen to good people?”
If you find yourself uttering this question at the moment, there’s a quote that I want you to read. It’s by Randy Pausch – a lecturer, father to three kids, and a terrific public figure who lost the battle towards pancreatic cancer years ago:
We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.
I love my life. That’s enough reason to justify why I want to keep on living, and not just existing. And this is my favourite tip from the article:
Be who you really are. – If you’re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, don’t change. Uniqueness is priceless. In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self. And when they laugh at you for being different, laugh back at them for being the same. It takes a lot of courage to stand alone, but it’s worth it. Being YOU is worth it!
Aha! Why should I read your blog? (or the question should be: Why should anyone read mine?) Before I can answer this question, it is fair enough to assume that no one should read my blog. Why? Because if the writer doesn’t even know the reason of why others need to read her writing, what’s the use of reading it?
So after thinking it through for a few minutes trying to give some fancy answers like because “I’m awesome”, or because “my writing will benefit others”, or because “I have some specialised skills or knowledge” in certain topics, I realised that I didn’t really have any of those. My writing is just… honest. Let it be stories about my life, my experiences, my thoughts, and my mistakes, I have tried to write them with honesty.
And my readers can count on that.
So that’s why anyone should read my blog. Because whatever that you’re reading in this in an honest reflection of my life.